The grandson of the first President of Kazakhstan has died in London from a suspected heart attack just months after speaking out against his family’s alleged corruption.
Aisultan Nazarbayev, grandson of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev said that he had sought political asylum in Britain because he was afraid of his relatives after uncovering alleged Russian corruption involving billions of dollars. Last year, the 30-year-old was handed a suspended prison sentence after biting a police officer on the arm after being Tasered four times at a stranger’s West End apartment.
Michael Wolkind QC said Nazarbayev’s behaviour was fuelled by mental health difficulties and cocaine.
Two days earlier he had threatened to take his own life.
The Telegraph understands that Aisultan had been back in Kazakhstan since before the UK lockdown, but returned to London ten days ago. Nazarbayev’s father, Rakhat Aliyev, formerly a senior member of the Kazakh government, died in an Austrian prison in 2015 awaiting trial on two charges of murder. Nazarbayev wrote on Facebook that he believed his father had been killed.
His mother Dariga Nazarbayeva, the former chairwoman of the senate in Kazakhstan, was accused of being the “beneficial owner” of two multimillion pound properties in London which were subject to Unexplained Wealth Orders, but won the case against the National Crime Agency this year.
“My family is devastated at the loss of our beloved Aisultan and we ask for privacy at this very difficult time,” she said.