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MEDIA ADVISORY: Nazarbaev Family's Offshore Real Estate Empire

Twenty-five properties. Six countries. $785 million.

Why are Kazakhstan’s elite parking their money in Manhattan apartments, Swiss villas, London townhouses, and Czech spas instead of in Kazakhstan itself?

In a major new investigation, RFE/RL reporters examine how, and where, relatives of powerful former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev have invested vast wealth over the years. While many of the purchases have already been documented, this investigation explores newly uncovered properties, and -- for the first time -- reveals the massive scale of the investments made by these politically connected Kazakh elite.

RFE/RL journalists are available to offer insight into this major investigation:

  • Mike Eckel, RFE/RL Senior Correspondent (English, Russian) -- phone: +420.211.113.624
  • Torokul Doorov, RFE/RL Kazakh Service Director (English, Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz) -- phone: +420.221.122.406


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To schedule an interview with any of RFE/RL's experts, contact Martins Zvaners in Washington (; +1.202.457.6948), or Jana Hokuvova in Prague (; +420.221.122.072).

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