Nazarbayev and the Making of Kazakhstan:From Communism to Capitalism Jonathan Aitken
Ten years ago, journalist Ben Webster had his investigation into a corrupt Russian business in Kazakhstan crushed, the cost of his scrutiny resulting in a terrible tragedy.... Now employed by a private London intelligence agency, Webster’s interest is piqued when a client asks him to expose the dealings of shadowy Russian oligarch Konstantin Malin. Before long Webster finds himself fixated by Malin and by his frontman Richard Lock. But how far is he willing to risk the well-being of his family? And that of Lock himself? Against a background of Moscow, London, and Berlin a journey of impossible decisions begins…. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Keeble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/002001/bk_isis_002001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Weak, corrupt, and politically unstable, the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are dismissed as isolated and irrelevant to the outside world. But are they? This hard-hitting book argues that Central Asia is in reality a globalization leader with more extensive involvement in economics, politics, and security dynamics beyond its borders than any other world region. Yet Central Asia´s international activities are mostly hidden from view, with disturbing implications for world security. Based on years of research and involvement in the region, Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw reveal how business networks, elite bank accounts, overseas courts, third-party brokers, and Western lawyers connect Central Asia´s supposedly isolated leaders with global power centers. The authors also uncover widespread Western participation in money laundering, bribery, foreign lobbying by autocratic governments, and the exploiting of legal loopholes within Central Asia. Riveting and important, this book exposes the global connections of a troubled region that must no longer be ignored. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Yen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007333/bk_tant_007333_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.