Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The troubled grandson of the first president of Kazakhstan who went to Sandhurst and once bit a British cop at a party has requested political asylum in the UK.
Aisultan Nazarbayev, 29, is the son of Dariga Nazarbaeva, 56, chairwoman of the Senate of Kazakhstan and the eldest daughter of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev, 79.
But his father was controversial businessman Rakhat Aliev, who was found dead in his prison cell in the Austrian capital Vienna in 2015 at the age of 52, after falling out with his wife’s father who tried to have him arrested.
The regime organised a campaign to discredit him and he was accused of kidnapping when he fled to Austria, where he was arrested in 2014 while the charges were investigated.
Aisultan, who recently made a number of controversial statements about owning proof of ‘high-level corruption between the governments of Russia and Kazakhstan’, has fallen out with his family and claims they are putting pressure on him.
He is quoted in local media as saying: “I am asking Great Britain for political asylum. The last five years of my life have been really dull.”
Aisultan, who graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, claimed he is living in exile and he recently started calling himself Aisultan Rakhat, using his father’s last name instead of his president-grandfather’s name.
Nursultan Nazarbayev was president of Kazakhstan for 30 years before retiring in March 2019.
He still has a major influence in national politics as he remains head of Kazakhstan’s security council and the leader of the ruling party Nur Otan.
Nazarbayev is also officially called ‘Yelbasy’, an official title which means ‘national leader’.
Aisultan made the headlines in September 2019 when he bit a British police sergeant at a friend’s central London flat, according to local media.
He was subsequently handed an 18-month suspended sentence, 140 hours community service and a 6,000-GBP fine.
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