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Felix Sater and Trump’s Strange Kazakh Connections

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11.07.2017

With nearly six months of the presidency under his belt, Donald Trump appears no closer to becoming the first sitting American president to visit Central Asia. But that shouldn’t obscure the fact that the president’s relations with Central Asia — namely, with those standing in opposition to the current Kazakhstani government — are the strangest we’ve seen from the White House over the past quarter-century. Not only did Trump nearly see his name as the tallest thing in the entire region, but, as recent reports have detailed, the president’s properties have served as alleged fronts for money-laundering for Kazakhstan’s exiled opposition.

Last week, the

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