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Nazarbaev’s Grandson Named Vice President OfKazakhstan’s Soccer Federation

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by February 28, 2017 World Sports

A grandson of Kazakhstan’s President NursultanNazarbaev has been appointed as Vice President of Kazakhstan’s Football Federation (KFF).

The KFF announced its decision on its website on February 28, saying that AisultanNazarbaev had been appointed as KFF’s Vice President to supervise the country’s national soccer federation with FIFA, UEFA, and foreign soccer associations.

Aisultan — the second son of President Nazarbaev’s eldest daughter, DarighaNazarbaeva — comes from a family with a controversial history.

Aisultan’s father, RakhatAliev, had been a Kazakh ambassador to Austria and a state security service deputy chief.

But he became a vocal critic of Nazarbaev after he was sacked from his posts.

Aliev stayed in Austria in self-imposed exile, and was subsequently accused by Kazakh authorities of murdering two Kazakh bankers.

A Kazakh court in 2008 sentenced Aliev to 40 years in jail in absentia after finding him guilty of high treason and corruption.

In June 2014, Aliev was detained by police in Vienna on Kazakhstan’s murder charges — but Austrian authorities refused to extradite him to Kazakhstan.

In February 2015, Aliev was found hanged inside his cell at a detention center in Vienna.

Austrian authorities ruled Aliev’s death was a suicide, but his lawyers insisted he was murdered.

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