Timur Kulibaev, son-in-law to former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, has resigned from his role as chairman of the KazEnergy group. Kulibaev's resignation continues a trend of Nazarbaev family members losing influential positions, following mass unrest in Kazakhstan in 2022. The unrest, which claimed at least 238 lives, resulted in a significant power shift away from Nazarbaev's inner circle. Other casualties of this restructuring include two sons-in-law who lost top roles in state energy companies and a Nazarbaev nephew sentenced to six years in prison on corruption charges.
Shifting Power Dynamics
Since its founding in 2005, Kulibaev had held the chairman position at KazEnergy, a role he has now relinquished. This move comes on the heels of his departure from other high-profile roles, such as his position on the board of Russia's Gazprom. These changes are indicative of a broader pattern of power realignment in the region.
Further afield, the Ukrainian city of Kyiv has dismantled a monument to Bolshevik commander Mykola Shchors, part of a wider initiative to remove monuments linked to Russian history and the USSR. In Russia, preparations for President Vladimir Putin's fifth presidential bid are underway, with the United Russia party committing resources to support his campaign. Meanwhile, concerns are mounting over the well-being of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, who has been out of contact for three days while serving a 19-year prison sentence on charges believed to be politically motivated.
Iran and the Case of Mahsa Amini
In Iran, authorities have prevented relatives of Mahsa Amini from visiting her grave. Amini's death in custody sparked widespread protests, further highlighting the tensions between the Iranian government and its citizens.