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Far From Kazakh Chief’s Inner Circle, Aliyev Found Dead in Cell

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Rakhat Aliyev rose to the height of influence and power in Kazakhstan, marrying the president’s daughter and controlling many of the country’s major companies. By the time he was found dead in a Vienna jail cell today while awaiting trial for murder, he’d been on the lam from his former father-in-law for eight years.

Vienna Prison General Peter Prechtl said he assumes it was a suicide. His lawyer said that’s unlikely. Prosecutors and police are investigating.