In 2004, one of Kazakhstan’s most prominent bankers, Erzhan Tatishev, lay dead after what was then deemed “a hunting accident”. More than a decade later, Muratkhan Tokmadi, the man convicted of accidentally killing him, admitted his guilt and told a court that he was threatened by Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov that if he did not murder Tatishev, the former chairman of BTA Bank, that Tokmadi and his family would be killed.

The cover of Gary Cartwright’s recently released book about the Ably...

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