Nazarbayev’s Sons-In-Law: Power, Assets and Outlook for Succession

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled Kazakhstan for almost 30 years. The president, 77, has vowed to stay in power at least until 2020 and has refused to discuss any succession options. This report analyzes the power and prospects of Nazarbayev’s key family members: his three daughters, their husbands and children, as well as the president’s brother, nephews and more distant relatives who command political and economic influence.
 
The report also examines Nazarbayev’s delegation of power and control over sensitive financial issues to confidants, thus counterbalancing his close relatives. Focusing on Nazarbayev’s three sons-in-law, the report then presents succession scenarios and their implications for foreign investors.
 

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