Kazakhstan: Security Service Shake-Up Sets Off Succession Speculation

Kazakh National Security Committee Chairman Nurtay Abykayev (standing) receives his marching orders from Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev during a meeting with the country’s intelligence agency on Dec. 25, 2015. Abykayev was replaced by Vladimir Zhumakanov, a career intelligence agent with more than three decades of service. (Photo: Kazakhstan Presidential Press Service)

A shake-up at the top of Kazakhstan’s intelligence agency has watchers of the country’s opaque elite speculating about preparations for political life after President Nursultan Nazarbayev. 
 

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Security Service Shake-Up Sets Off Succession Speculation

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