Latest Prince Andrew News: the (Other) Photo He Doesn’t Want You to See

The Prince & the Pilfering ex-President

  • This image from an official Kazakhstan news publication tells a story about how Prince Andrew represented his country.
  • But it’s what else we’ve found that is truly shocking.
  • Dictators, oligarchs, exotic locations, trade deals, and intimate dinners with Kazakhstan’s Dictator Ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
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Prince Andrew with former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

As Chris Bryant, the Shadow Commons leader, said, “When I was at the Foreign Office, nobody could ever tell whether [Prince Andrew] was looking out for himself or whether he really had the interests of the country at heart.” Source: The Diplomat

  • What did the royal do with his privileged UK trade post, aside from frolicking with Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell & another alleged sex trafficker, Peter Nygard?
  • Prince Andrew seized his role as UK Special Ambassador for Trade and Investment and headed to some of the world’s most repressive regimes, such as Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kazakhstan.
  • In 2008, The Times wrote: “The two men (The Prince and Nazarbayev) are old acquaintances with a warm relationship, thanks in part to the many lucrative ones deals that have been cemented between British and Kazakh companies as a result of their joint efforts.
  • Prince Andrew sold his unwanted marital mansion for £3million above the sale price to a relative of the Kazack dictator. This deal was facilitated by an oil oligarch Ms Goga Ashkenazi, the former lover of the president’s son-in-law, who bought the derelict property.

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Global Witness, an international think tank, calls Kazakhstan a  ‘kleptocracy’. This defined as “run by and for the benefit of the ruling family and its close associates.”

The nation this year exploded into unrest in a series of incidents known as Bloody January.

The trouble was partly ignited by economic inequality. But it was believed to have been escalated by the Kazakhstan government troops and Russian forces.

But just seven years ago, the Royals rolled out the red carpet for then-President Nursultan Nazarbayev..

Andrew is lurking in the background.
LOL. There he is. Queen Elizabeth waits to greet Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev at Buckingham Palace November 4, 2015. The President was in the UK on an official visit as a guest of the British Government.
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According to The Times: “Andrew’s dealings with the oil and gas-rich former Soviet republic have multiplied in recent years. Since 2003 he has paid three social visits to the country.”

The duo dined together in 2008 in a VIP section of a five-star resort in Egypt, said The Times.

The East Asian nation’s tentacles are now deep inside the United Kingdom’s trade system. The Prince was also, until recently, the Honorary Patron of the British Kaazch Society.

The royal repeatedly visited Kazakhstan for his own reasons, too. He was there on another “private” visit in 2008, according to his spokesman.

For this reason, it is an understatement to say the Prince’s ties in the nation are deep and substantial, as this excerpt demonstrates:

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Source: The Times, 2008 

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What we know about Prince Andrew and his relationship with former Kazack ex-President (dictator) Nursultan Nazarbayev:

  • The ex-President’s family is blamed for “philphering the nation’s wealth.”
  • The average monthly salary in Kazakhstan is less than £450, while according to a 2019 report by KPMG, 162 people in the country own more than 50% of its wealth. “Much of the elite property is in the hands of Nazarbayev’s extended family, and they are estimated to own at least £530m of luxury property in the UK,” according to a report by Chatham House.
  • In 2016, UK politicians were calling for a probe “into Prince Andrew’s business deals in Kazakhstan” after The Daily Mail obtained a set of leaked emails and reported on how the Duke of York “was allegedly conducting business with Kazakhstan’s elite while acting as roving trade ambassador for the UK”.
  • The Royal opened social doors for a mysterious Kazak woman, Goga Ashkenazi, the daughter of a former Russian Communist official.
  • He also developed relations with other politicians and was present in London to help the Queen acknowledge £3billion in UK/Kazakhstan deals.
  • Latest Prince Andrew News. In 2016, it was revealed the Duke of York’s office urged crown estate to sell a London house to the tycoon who bought Andrew’s house for £3m over asking price. The office tried to secure a crown estate property near Kensington Palace.
  • The Queen rolled out the red carpet in London for the dictator. The Express was told in 2015, that President Nazarbayev had completed 40 trade deals with British firms.
  • The recent global crackdown on oligarchs brings to attention the opaque nature of the Royal’s Sunninghill real estate transaction.

At one event in London in 2015, official Kazack news source reported: “The Duke of York also placed a special emphasis on the importance of human contacts and ‘folk diplomacy’ to support friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries.”

Prince Andrew is no longer honorary patron of The British-Kazach Society due to the Epstein scandal. Ouch!

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One official visit (see below) happened in 2006. There was another in 2010.

Latest Prince Andrew News: But there’s more to this story.

Part Two: Prince Andrew’s Crush & the Social Passport Which Helped the Oligarch to Crack London Society

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What We’ve Found: 

  • Prince Andrew’s friendship delivered a nod of approval to a Kazakh woman, now one of the richest in the world.
  • The woman, named Goga Ashkenazi , was educated in Russia and the UK. She went from being the daughter of an agricultural engineer, turned Communist Party official, to owning an oil and gas plant in her country of her birth, and later a Parisian fashion line.
  • While there is no evidence of impropriety on her behalf, her stratospheric climb into the upper echelons of UK and European society is meteoric.
  • Outside the UK, Ms Ashkenazi is the subject of conjecture and criticism.
  • In fact, she was so close to Prince Andrew she attempted to defend him when news broke of the Epstein scandal. At the same time, she confirmed his meeting with Virginia Roberts Giufree. 
  • In the halls of power, there’s hardline politics at play, as well as soft, or influence, tactics. Both tactics yield results.

In 2011, Ms Ashkenazi seemed in the know about Virginia Roberts Giufree, according to a  report in The Sydney Morning Herald:

Kazakh-born Miss Ashkenazi, who attended Oxford and now lives in London, gave an insight into the Duke’s own feelings about his predicament, saying: “He knows it was unwise to fraternise with this Epstein character and it was silly to be photographed with his arm around Epstein’s masseuse. “But I know Andrew as a lovely, lovely man; kind-hearted, impeccably behaved and honourable, and I’m quite sure that at the time he had no idea that she was under age or anything more than a masseuse to Epstein.”

The Sydney Morning Herald, March 9, 2011.

Prince Andrew was the guest of honour at his friend’s lavish 30th birthday party. The dress code for the 2011 event was “sexy and fabulous.” In 2010, she attended the Royal’s 50th birthday celebrations, according to Vanity Fair.

Commenting in 2011, columnist David Aaronovitch said of Ms Ashkenazi: “She is part of that odd, cosmopolitan group of oligarchs, presidents, dictators’ kids and playboy financiers on to whose yachts or into whose ranches the prudent should never venture.”

Who is Goga Ashkenazi

Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Goga Ashkenazi watch the racing from the Royal Box as they attend day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2007 in England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

According to FT.com: “Ashkenazi was born Gaukhar Berkalieva in Kazakhstan in 1980 but grew up in an apartment building for senior communist officials in Moscow. Her father was an engineer who sat in the Soviet party’s Central Committee under Mikhail Gorbachev. “To be completely honest with you, yes, I lived in privilege.”… She was 11 when the Soviet Union dissolved. However, her parents, like most senior communist officials, didn’t exactly plunge into poverty.”

In an article now featured in The Cut, she told a reporter: “In 1991, my father was able to use his connections to privatize a factory in Kazakhstan, so suddenly we were wealthy. Within a year, my mother sat me down and said, ‘The world has changed. We’re in a position to give you the best education in the world. You’re going to be competing with the most privileged children in the world.’

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The reaction was explosive.

One reader responded: “Why spotlight this heinous person? And why is it so poorly written such that you can’t tell whether (writer) Konigsberg is trolling us, or trolling ‘Goga’? Another says: “So many things happening in the world, even in the fashion world, and NY Mag decides to glamorize an oligarch. Wow. 1% dreck.”

Later, she told how she: “partnered with her family in Kazakhstan to start MuniaGaz Engineering Group, which builds compressor stations for oil and gas pipelines and made her rich almost overnight.”

As one does.

She is now Chairwoman and Creative Director of the 100-year-old fashion label Vionnet, Ms Ashkenazi possesses a degree in Modern History and Economics from Oxford University & has taken fashion courses at Moscow State University of Design and Technology.

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So how did she meet the Duke of York?

According to The Sun, the Royal and “the glamorous English-educated Kazakh socialite and businesswoman, reportedly enchanted the embattled Duke from the moment they met at a 2001 New Year’s Eve party in Phuket, Thailand.”

Who else did Prince Andrew spend that 2001 new year with in Asia?

Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell, were also in Thailand with the Prince, although there’s no evidence Ms Ashkenazi ever associated with the disgraced pair.

Notably, Epstein and the duke were also photographed on a yacht during the trip with a group semi-naked females.

She insists they were just friends. But reports say the Duke was “besotted” with the then-20-year-old Goga.

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Ms Ashenazi has skills in relationship management. Especially when it concerns a very specific property, outside of London.

That land being the £15million plot which belonged to Prince Andrew.

Timur Kulibayev, the billionaire son-in-law of Kazakhstan’s former president is the owner.

He paid £3million above the asking price for Prince Andrew’s long-unsold mansion Sunninghill Park. Ms Ashkenazi was the billionaire’s mistress at the time and is the mother of one of his children.

Fundamentally, Kulibayev owns 90percent of his country’s oil reserves.

Of the property transaction, a spokesman for the buyer told FT.com: “Kulibayev’s former partner Goga told me later. “I introduced them, so what? I’m not a real estate agent.”

For years, Prince Andrew’s business activities have been under the microscope. But the palace is never been transparent about the details. 

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Above: Goga Ashkenazi, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Queen Elizabeth II watch the racing from the Royal Box as they attend day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2007 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Back in Prince Andrew’s bachelor days in the early and mid-2000s, the oligarch was soon his platonic plus-one.

At the time, he was roving UK trade ambassador and forging relationships with Middle East and Eurasian political regimes. And also with a billionaire in New York who had a mansion that “was a convenient place to stay”.

But Ms Ashkenazi herself is also the subject of much conjecture and criticism due to the company she keeps. From the embattled duke and her ex-lover Saif Gaddafi (son of dead Libyan dictator Muammar).

According to The Express, the Royal was a frequent visitor to Kazakhstan and enjoyed “close relations with some of its leading businessmen”.

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The United Kingdom does not hide its links with the dictator nation. In 2015, the two countries inked billions of pounds in commercial contracts in a variety of industries.

It was lauded in the national newspaper/ propaganda post.

It’s time for more questions. Latest Prince Andrew News:

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