An internationally celebrated fashionista in Kazakhstan has been sentenced to seven years in jail on kidnapping charges, closing the book on a case that has shocked the country.
The influential Business of Fashion website once described Lilya Rakh as a “trailblazing fashion entrepreneur” for her work behind creating the exclusive chain of Sauvage boutiques, which brought brands like Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent into Kazakhstan. The only threads Rakh will be showing off this winter season are her prison fatigues.
The saga began on July 9, when police received a tipoff about the disappearance of 33-year Hamro Suvanov, a citizen of Uzbekistan. Investigations revealed that Suvanov had been kidnapped and was being held captive in an Almaty apartment. Four people, including Rakh, were later arrested.
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