Belgium

06Dec 2017

It’s been almost a year since the creation of the Belgian parliamentary commission aiming to investigate the circumstances that led to the adoption of the extended settlement law. Normally, its workings should have been concluded by now. Instead, it lost two experts, it was marred in scandals concerning press leaks, and it failed to come… Continue reading

10Nov 2017

Although there is an international arrest warrant issued on her name, Botagoz Jardemalie, a Kazakhstani national and the right hand of Mukhtar Ablyazov, had a company in Brussels, Belgium, and repeatedly visited the country without any hindrance from Belgian authorities. Who is Botagoz Jardemalie? Jardemalie was born on 10 July 1976 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In… Continue reading

02Nov 2017

The so-called Kazakhgate scandal first emerged in October 2012, when the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé published an investigation allegedly revealing how France interfered with the Belgian legislative process on behalf of Patokh Chodiev and his asociates. The proof for this scenario was a note, dated 28 June 2011, attributed to Etienne des Rosaies, a person… Continue reading

13Oct 2017

The extension of the amicable settlements in April 2011 in Belgium gave rise to two possible explanations. One explanation claims that a trio of Kazakh oligarchs – Patokh Chodiev, Alijan Ibragimov and Alexander Mashkevitch – used their connections to then French President Nicholas Sarkozy to get away with an ongoing criminal investigation in Belgium by… Continue reading

04Oct 2017

The experts of the Kazakhgate commission in the Belgian parliament delivered their preliminary report. Their findings and observations differ significantly from what the politicians told us so far. In short, the experts’ conclusion is this: there never was any Kazakhgate. What the experts say The preliminary report written by the experts working for the Kazakhgate… Continue reading

20Sep 2017

Frank Monstrey is perhaps best known in Belgium for his real estate project, Sterea, near Brussels, which includes The National Golf Brussels in Sterrebeek. Golf and real estate may be fine, but Frank Monstrey also is – or rather was – an oil tycoon in Kazahstan. And this put him in the company of some… Continue reading

01Sep 2017

Who is behind the Kazakhgate scandal in the Belgian media? OSI revealed one name so far: that of the Kazakh oligarch Bulat Utemuratov, who orchestrated it in late 1990s and early 2000s. (http://www.opensourceinvestigations.com/belgium/propaganda-works-first-kazakhgate/) Another character closely linked to Utemuratov is Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh oligarch too, and a fugitive from justice who is currently living… Continue reading

24Aug 2017

In August 1999, 5 people met at the Royal Hotel in Paris: Bulat Utemuratov, a Kazakh oligarch and the right hand of Kazakhstan’s strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev, Gregory Lutchansky, a Russian oligarch allegedly connected to the Russian Mafia, Shabtaï Kalmanowich, a former KGB general, Pierre Delilez, a Belgian cop specialized on Russian Mafia, and Eric Van… Continue reading

20Aug 2017

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a network was created in Belgium to discredit the so-called Trio formed of Patokh Chodiev, Alijan Ibragimov and Alexander Mashkevitch. The network was coordinated by Eric Van de Weghe, an exotic character connected with intelligence services and with the underworld of ex-Soviet oligarchs. Today, members of the former… Continue reading

11Aug 2017

Eric Van de Weghe is a character that keeps popping-up in the so-called “Kazakhgate affair” in Belgium. He was first mentioned in the context of Patokh Chodiev’s naturalization – the head of the Belgian intelligence made clear that the documents incriminating Chodiev were forgeries created by Van de Weghe. He reappeared when Armand De Decker… Continue reading

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