Kazakhstan: Security Services Lay Out Coup Plot Account
Kazakhstan’s security services have presented an extraordinarily exotic case against a businessman accused of organizing anti-land reform protests as a means to seizing power.
The National Security Committee, or KNB in its Russian initials, said on July 11 that it is pursuing cases against 25 people following its investigation into the alleged criminal activities of Tohtar Tuleshov.
The would-be plotting detailed by the KNB is deeply convoluted and riddled with gaping holes.
KNB spokesman Ruslan Karasev told reporters that Tuleshov has “maintained contacts and supplied funding to leaders and authorities in a trans-national criminal group known abroad as the Brothers’ Circle.”
While the formal existence of the Brothers’ Circle is subject of debate, members suspected of belonging to the loose association of Eurasian crime lords have been targeted for sanctions by the US Treasury Department.
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