Minister of Information and Public Development Dauren Abaev spoke for the first time about a series of Facebook posts written on behalf of Aysultan Nazarbayev, grandson of ex-president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Azattyk radio reported.
Abaev spoke in the program "Open Dialogue" on the state television channel "Khabar". This is the first official reaction to the words of Aisultan Nazarbayev by the authorities. Earlier, the Azattyk correspondent tried to take a comment from the mother of Aisultan – speaker of the Senate of the Parliament Dariga Nazarbayeva – within the walls of the parliament, but the guards prevented the journalist from doing this.
In the Kazakh version of the program, Dauren Abaev said that this was a “mother’s tragedy,” since there can be nothing more expensive than her own child.
In the Russian version, Abaev stated that "it is not ethical to discuss, quote, refer to the revelations of a person" who is being treated for drug addiction. He noted that Aisultan’s posts were allegedly “written under the manipulation of certain people,” and the ex-president’s grandson “was under the influence of psychoactive substances.” He called for “closing this topic” and not building “cheap ratings” on a person’s misfortune. Then he went on to the first president of the country, Nursultan Nazarbayev, saying that he had made a huge contribution to the country, and such antics were just a “miserable attempt to discredit him”.
Aisultan Nazarbayev is the second son of the eldest daughter of Nursultan Nazarbayev Dariga Nazarbayeva, the speaker of the Senate of Kazakhstan, as well as the late Rakhat Aliyev (he was found hanged in a Vienna prison in February 2015). Aisultan studied at the British Royal Military Academy of Ground Forces "Sandhurst", after graduation he returned to his homeland and was enlisted in the staff of the main intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan. In 2017, he served as Acting Vice President of the Kazakhstan Football Federation for seven months.
For the past almost two years, Aisultan has not appeared in public. He disappeared shortly after publishing a post on a Facebook page in which he admitted that he was addicted to drugs and was treated for addiction.
Soon he reappeared on Facebook’s with a series of scandalous posts about the danger that supposedly threatens him from his family, and how he was forcibly imprisoned in Russia. On February 13, in his next Facebook post, he sought political asylum from the UK.