One sunny afternoon in early June in Astana a bureaucrat is fired. When a bureaucrat is not transferred to another position, he must have done something wrong. In what seemed an emergency move, the chairman of the National Company Astana EXPO 2017 Talgat Yermegiyayev was removed, replaced on June 11 by the current mayor of Astana, Adilbek Dzhaksybekov.
That left the public to wonder who was going to be the next mayor of the capital, now that Dzhaksybekov was in charge of global exposition that is supposed to attract millions of visitors to Kazakhstan in 2017 and is said to cost $3 billion. The government quickly informed the press: “Dzhaksybekov will maintain his position as mayor of Astana” was the awkward title in every newspaper.
One more day passed and the mystery was resolved: Yermegiyayev was being held in custody after being accused of embezzlement and abuse of office. The misappropriation of funds involves sums that had been allocated via the sovereign wealth fund, which has a stake in the company in charge of the EXPO.
The original article can be found at thediplomat.com