четверг, 26 мая 2011 г.

Mukhtar Ablyazov- the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and his trusted adviser Bulat Utemuratov are the real owners of 48,73% share in "KazZink"

To the shareholders «Glencore International»
London Stock Exchange
Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Financial Times
Wall Street Journal

Ladies and Gentlemen !
                I would like to draw your attention to the fact that   the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and his trusted adviser Bulat Utemuratov are the real  owners of  48,73% share in "KazZink",  the company that  «Glencore International» plans to buy.
                Consequently, the amount of 2  billion USВ and the shares in  «Glencore International»  worth  of  1  billion USВ will be at their disposal.
                I ' m saying this with certainty because I was personally informed about these facts by  Bulat Utemuratov himself.
                Besides, in 2005-2009, when Mr. Utemuratov  was blackmailing me on behalf of the President of Kazakhstan Mr. Nazarbayev  demanding to give him a share of "BTA bank",  he asked me to transfer the stocks to the companies that  control "KazZink" now.
                I have testified  this under oath to the High Court of Justice  in London.
                In particular, at some point in the long negotiations between Mr. Utemuratov and myself, I agreed to sell the 20% share of BTA Bank to him. An option call contract was signed with “Verny Investments Holding” by Mr. Utemuratov’s financial advisor Timur Isatayev.  He is now  in charge of the JSC “Verny Capital” and he also represents this company in the deal selling the 48.73% of the “KazZinc” shares to “Glencore International”.
                I firmly believe that, without a doubt, the “KazZinc” company must once again become the property of the Republic of Kazakhstan because Mr. Nazarbaev and Mr. Utemuratov acquired it during the unfair, unlawful, nontransparent and criminal privatization.  
                Therefore it is my duty to inform you about the risks of acquiring the assets of the “KazZinc” company. The assets already bought and the assets that will be bought in the future according to  the contracts signed  on April 13 2011 by “Glencore International” and the investment funds “Vernye Investitsii” and “Verny Capital”.
                The public organization of Kazakhstan have already informed “Glencore International” about who the real beneficiaries of “KazZinc” are and how it became the property of Mr. Nazarbaev and Mr. Utemuratov. Thus there is a risk that “Glencore International” will not be considered a benevolent buyer at the future court hearings.
                Also, participating in acquiring the “KazZinc” shares and paying 3.2 billion USD for the assets stolen from the people of Kazakhstan makes “Glencore International” an accessory to money laundering scheme.
                Let me remind you that not only did Mr. Utemuratov acquired the “KazZinc” assets while in civil service but also he is a trusted advisor to the President of Kazakhstan and, just like Timur Kulibaev, holds his assets for  Nursultan Nazarbaev. A criminal case has already been opened against Timur Kulibaev in Switzerland. He is accused of money laundering.
                The full version of my testimony can be found at: http://www.friendsofablyazov.com/Legal_Documents_and_Reports.htm
                With respect,
                Mukhtar Ablyazov

понедельник, 16 мая 2011 г.

Rakhat Aliyev, the former Ambassador of Kazakhstan on IPO of Glencore International

To: All those wishing to purchase shares of «Glencore International»
London Stock Exchange
Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Financial Times
Wall Street Journal

I, Rakhat Aliyev, the former Ambassador of Kazakhstan, an émigré Kazakhstan politician, consider it my duty to pass some information known to me pertaining to the IPO of Glencore International to all interested parties.    
My knowledge of the situation is explained by the fact that for 25 years I had been married to the Daughter of Nazarbaev. I was in the inner circle of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev. I was privy to many of his secrets and I carried out Mr President's special assignments. In 2007 I ended my relashionships with him and became opposition, after which I was forced to flee to Europe from the Kazakhstan dictator's revenge.   
I state it with all confidence that the plans of Glencore International to invest the funds received from the initial public offering of shares on the London Stock Exchange in raising its share in the Kazakhstan companies KazZinc and ENRC may have catastrophic consequences for those investing in the company.
Glencore International has announced that the funds received from the IPO will be used for raising its share in a Kazakhstan company KazZinc from 50,7% to 93% and for buying a 26% stock in the company ENRC. I can confirm that the ultimate beneficiary of all these companies is the Preseident of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev. Mr's Utemuratov, Shodiev, Ibragimov and Mashkevich represent his interests in the companies mentioned above. I am prepared to produce necessary evidence and facts to support these claims.    
Mr Nazarbaev has autocratically ruled Kazakhstan for quarter a century now. The level of corruption in the country has reached record marks, which is recorded by international agencies. The fact the the President of the country is a secret owner of the largest companies – exporters of raw materials – is the most telling example of the level of corruption of the regime, which would be unthinkable in any civilised country. 
Perspective investors of the company Glencore International will, for all intents and purposes, credit a fraudster operation, the purpose of which is transferring criminal assets, which the Kazakhstan dictator has illegally acquired, into cash, and sending it abroad. These actions are in direct violation of both Kazakhstan and international law. It goes without saying that any government that will come to power after Nazarbaev will call in question the outcomes of this deal and will intend to return the stolen assets back to the national budget.    
It follows that commerical risks associated with investing in Glencore International’s stock are extraordinarily high, not to mention the costs of ethical nature. Today Nazarbaev’s regime controls Kazakhstan in a brute way. However, it is clear to everyone that the end of this regime is not far. By investing in Glencore International you invest in Nazarbaev the dictator, and in his criminal business. The recent events in many countries, from Tunisia to Egypt, demonstrate evidently just how risky and immoral such investments are.

Signed: Rakhat Aliyev, Leader of the Movement Alliance for Free Kazakhstan. 

воскресенье, 15 мая 2011 г.

to investors of Glencore - on Kazakhstan assets

To:  London Stock Exchange
Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Financial Times
Wall Street Journal

All Investors

An IPO of Glencore International (a company that does its business in countries with high political risks: Kazakhstan, Russia, DRC and Columbia) is expected on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges on 24 May 2011.

According to the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, the company is planning to offer to the public between 15 and 20 percent of its shares and gain approximately 9 to 11 billion US dollars. We understand that Glencore intends to spend part of this profit to buy shares in KazZinc, a company in which Glencore currently owns 50.7% and thus reportedly intends to bring its share holding to 93%. Additionally, Reuters reports that Glencore plans to acquire 26% of ENPC (a Kazakhstan company) from Kazakhmys plc, whose shares are already traded on the London Stock Exchange.  

As representatives of Kazakhstan’s civil society, we are concerned about the above mentioned transactions and suspect that the purpose of these transactions is to disguise a process of money laundering by high-ranking Kazakhstan civil servants. 

The basis for our concerns is the current political situation in our country, specifically:

An extraordinary Presidential election took place this year in Kazakhstan on April 3rd in which no representative of any true oppositional party was allowed to run. In fact every candidate which was allowed to run against Nazarbayev endorsed him prior to the election.  The EU proclaimed this election unfair. For the fourth time, seventy-year old Nursultan Nazarbayev was elected President, having gained 95.5% of the vote. Nazarbayev has been holding this post since 1989 and he enjoys absolute autocratic power in the country. 

It is widely believed that Nazarbayev privatised KazZincKazakhmys and ENPC in the late 1990s for his own illegal personal gain. According to our sources, these companies are owned by certain high-ranking, or former high-ranking, Kazakhstan civil servants, and, based on reports by certain credible western media, by President Nazarbayev himself via nominees.    

KazZinc was founded in 1997 by merging assets of the three principal producers of non-ferrous metals in East Kazakhstan: the Ust-Kamenogorsk Lead and Zinc Plant, the Leninogorsk Polymettalic Plant and the Zyryanovsky Lead Plant (Bukhtarminskaya Hydroelectric Station was later added to the company). Bulat Utemuratov, the former Head of Administration of the President of Kazakhstan, is a co-owner of KazZinc. Utemuratov is widely believed to be holding these assets for the benefit of Nazarbayev.
Kazakhmys was created by merging Dzhezkazgansky and Balkhashsky Copper-Smelting Works, and is managed by Vladimir Kim, a former Assistant to the President of Kazahkstan - Nazarbayev. Recently, a power of attorney for representing Nazarbayev’s interests in Kazakhmys as its co-owner was published in the press. Similar allegations were detailed in a special report about Kazakhmys published by the research groupGlobal Witness.
The ENPC, which consolidated plants and mines in the chrome, aluminium and ferroalloy industries in Kazakhstan, is run by the following close associates of Nazarbayev: Mr Fattokh Shodiev, Mr Alexander Mashkevich and Mr Alijan Ibragimov. They are also suspected of being Nazarbayev’s business partners and representatives of his interests.   

All of the above-mentioned Kazakhstan companies were created using pre-existing assets, which employed, and employ, hundreds of thousands of Kazakhstan’s citizens. These companies enjoy numerous tax and tariffs privileges and benefits from the Kazakhstan government. They invest their US billion dollars of profits abroad. In addition, these companies are given loans that have been taken in the name of the Republic of Kazakhstan from other states, such as China.

In light of the above and as representatives of Kazakhstan’s civil society, we wish to announce the following:

1. Upon any change of regime in Kazakhstan to a democratic one, any acquisition of any shares in KazZincKazakhmys and ENPC may and will be subject to review as the privatisation of these companies was illegal and those guilty of any illegal privatisation will be punished under Kazakhstan law.  After returning the illegally gained assets, the opposition to Nazarbayev’s regime will conduct a genuine privatisation of these companies.  

2. All shares of KazZincKazakhmys and ENPC, purchased by investors after this Letter is published will be purchased by them on notice and at their own risk, and the Republic of Kazakhstan will not indemnify the investors for any possible financial losses.

We call on investors and all interested parties to regard this letter as an official notice of, and a prior warning in relation to, potential losses stemming from the acquisition of shares in KazZinc, Kazakhmys and ENPC and of a likely re-privatisation of enterprises that form their parts. 

This unfair, nontransparent and illegal privatisation of state property led to the situation where the national wealth of the country has been concentrated in the hands of a very small group of people with the lion’s share going to Nazarbayev and his relatives. History has taught us that this is an unsustainable position.  All dealings with these assets – their initial handing over and re-sale – in the future, may and will be challenged in the Kazakhstan and foreign courts of law, as these dealings were conducted while breaking Kazakhstan and international laws, including in relation to money laundering. 

In this regard, we draw the readers’ attention to the political risks that apply to any investment, financial and otherwise associated with assets originating from Kazakhstan, which were privatised in a seemingly unaccountable manner.

Serikbolsyn Abdildin, Kazakh politician, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1991-1993
Aldamzharov Haziz, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan
Atabayev Bolat, theater director
Battalova Zauresh, head of UF Foundation for Parliamentary Development in Kazakhstan 
Bapi Yermurat, journalist, editor of "DAT"
Vinyavsky Igor, editor of Vzglyad newspaper
Kadyrbaeva Aisulu, Head PF "Kuretamyr"
Ketebaev Muratbek, president of the Public Fund "Civic activity"
Vladimir Kozlov,politican, lider of the People's party "Alga!"
Kuanyshalin Zhasaral, social activist, writer
Ainur Kurmanov, head of the NGO "Talmas"
Sapargali Serik, a former candidate for president of Kazakhstan, Head of NGO "Ult. Ruch. Otan Zhangyru"
Tumenova Bahta, Head Public fund "Aman saulyk"
Sizov, Michael, editor of the "Alga"
Ukteshbaev Esen, co-chairman of the Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan

 Kazahkstan, 10th May 2011