Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Kazakhstani Leadership Edition

Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08ASTANA760 2008-04-17 10:10 2010-11-29 23:11 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

Have you ever wondered “wow, I wish I could be a fly on the wall just to see what really goes on behind closed doors when they think no one is watching?” If so, then Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange are your new BFF’S.

On Monday Wikileaks.org released LIFESTYLES OF THE KAZAZHSTANI LEADERSHIP. The file describes some of the ways the country’s leadership love to spend their free time. The cable was to be kept CONFIDENTAL and it was given the REFERENCE ID 08ASTANA760.  The origin of these documents, as claimed by the website, came from Embassy Astana.

In the documents it is revealed that the political powerhouses of Kazakhstan not only like to have a good time, but they love to have a great time on a massive scale.   According to the information in the documents President Nazarbayev loves to go horseback riding in grand style.

It reads:

In 2007, emboff visited the presidential horse farm XXXXXXXXXXX. The farm is located on the outskirts of Astana in a residential area, but is surrounded by a high-fence and security guards. Inside the gates are a large stable, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and a clubhouse with a pool table, sauna, and exercise room. Emboff toured the stable and saw approximately forty horses from various parts of the world. XXXXXXXXXXXX told him that Nazarbayev visits the horse farm on occasion, though not too frequently. XXXXXXXXXXXX said that Nazarbayev’s wife -- Sara Nazarbayeva -- never accompanies him, XXXXXXXXXXXX Taszhargan, an opposition newspaper, printed a sympathetic article about Sara Nazarbayeva XXXXXXXXXXXX”

Prime Minister Masimov is not one to miss out on the action. As it turns out, he is a fan of the club scene.

It reads:

On March 7, two days after his trip to the U.S. was cancelled, Prime Minister Masimov was spotted by emboff at Chocolat, one of Astana’s trendiest nightclubs. Masimov entered at approximately 11:30 pm, accompanied by Presidential Administration head Kairat Kelimbetov, Astana mayor Askar Mamin, three middle-aged Kazakh women (presumably their wives), and a security detail. Although the club offers a VIP area, Masimov chose to sit at a table in full view of all of the club’s patrons. Emboff lingered close to Masimov’s group XXXXXXXXXXXX Masimov led his companions on to Chocolat’s dance floor soon after their arrival. The dance floor holds approximately 100 people, and at the time perhaps 50 patrons were dancing. However, Masimov himself chose to dance on an empty stage above the dance floor. His companions quickly tired but Masimov remained, dancing alone and animatedly on the stage for another 15-20 minutes. At approximately 1:00 am, Masimov and his retinue left the club.”

Wikileaks.org gives it visitors the opportunity to view secret top-level confidential information without fear of getting caught. While the administrators work to get the information the websites viewers reap the rewards of their effort.

To read the entire file go to: http://cablegate.wikileaks.org/cable/2008/04/08ASTANA760.html

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