The Real Winners Of Kazakhstan’s Gas Boom

An investigation by RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service has uncovered indirect ties between the chairman of Kazakhstan’s monopoly gas trader, KazTransGas, and emergent companies that have benefitted from massive business deals linked to the state — including a multibillion-dollar, 20-year contract to process so-called associate gas from KazTransGas. Public documents showing KazTransGas Chairman Kairat Sharipbaev and other current or former statutory figures in Kazakh businesses raise the specters of industrial self-dealing or favorable state treatment for…