Kazakhstan hires Tony Blair as star consultant to attract investment

Not that I care but someone should warn President Nursultan Nazarbayev who is one of the most corrupt despots in the world. People around Tony Blair have a tendency to die in very public an gruesome ways

Kazakhstan said Monday it has hired Britain’s ex-prime minister Tony Blair as a consultant to attract new investment to the Central Asian state, on a contract reportedly worth millions of dollars.

The hire marks a major coup for strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s bid to promote Kazakhstan as an economic powerhouse despite complaints from critics that the country pays little heed to Western democratic standards.

The Daily Telegraph earlier said Blair had signed a one-year contract worth eight million pounds ($12.7 million) with the government of Nazarbayev, who has ruled Kazakhstan since even before the Soviet collapse.

 The foreign ministry refused to confirm the figure but said Blair was one of several foreign officials contracted by the Kazakh state.

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