In a motion picture, Borat leaves peaceful, backward Kazakhstan on a voyage to the modern world of America. In real life, Kazakhstan is anything but a peaceful backward part of the world, it is the center of intrigue and murder. Rakhat Aliyev,former chief of the nation’s intelligence service, and son-in-law of its president, Nursultan Nazaerbayev, claimed his father-in-law ordered the murder of political opponents. He claims being given the order by his father-in-law to assassinate the opposition leader, Altynbek Sarsenbayev. During a 90 minutes interview held in a secret location because Aliyev has been forced into exile and fears he will be killed, the former intelligence chief revealed information about murders of other political opponents of the President of Kazakhstan. Aliyev was once the golden boy of the regime and destined to one day lead the nation but ran into trouble when his father-in-law feared Aliyev’s growing political ambitions and sacked him as Ambassador to Austria and made him flee for his life. “i”m no angel,” he admitted but denies he is taking revenge because his father-in-law forced his wife to divorce him. His accusations come at a time when Nazaerbayev is headed toward meetings with England’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown and with George Bush.
This story appears to be one lifted straight from a Shakespeare play about royal intrigue and conspiracies. Unfortunately, President Nazaerbayev has a reputation of being a cruel, sadistic ruler who has killed many people during his one man reign of terror. Maybe, Shakespeare is right about royal families.