Shalabayev, Syrym

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Salim Shalabayev is the brother in law of Mukhtar Ablyazov and was one of his associates (Reuters, 2013).



Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Former insider.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2013.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

Kazakh authorities alleged Syrym Shalabayev was also involved in the bank fraud ( OCCRP, 2016).  Kazakh authorities issued Interpol arrest warrants.

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

In 2009, the Kazakh bank BTA, started legal proceedings against its former chairman Ablyazov and his associates in London in 2009, says it wants to break up a network he used to hide and disperse billions of dollars of the bank’s assets (Reuters, 2013).

A UK court sentenced Ablyazov to 22 months in prison in February 2012, finding him in contempt of court for trying to conceal holdings from BTA Bank in violation of a 2009 asset-freezing order, reported Bloomberg. The court ruled the brothers Shalabayev in contempt soon after (OCCRP,2016).

Salim Shalabayev was found by private detectives in the UK to have aided Ablyazov in hiding financial and company records in a storage facility in London. E-mails in his personal Yahoo account proved he was overseeing the transfer of offshore companies on behalf of the former tycoon, according to court records obtained by Bloomberg (OCCRP, 2016).

In 2013, he has been sentenced to jail in Britain for contempt of court (Reuters, 2013). Syrym Shalabayev was arrested in Lithuania last July in response to an Interpol warrant but was released on bail in August 2015 after a Lithuanian court ruled that Ukrainian and Kazakh extradition requests for him would be addressed only after the government decided whether to grant asylum to him or not (OCCRP, 2016).

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Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: , .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

Syrym Shalabayev was granted refugee status in Lithuania on Feb. 19, according to his lawyer, Laimonas Judickas ( OCCRP, 2016)

Current status:

Living in Lithuania in exile.

Press sources:

OCCRP, 2016. 'Kazakh Oligarch’s Fugitive Brother-in-Law Granted EU Refugee Status', 29th of February, 2016. [Online]. Available at:

Reuters, 2013. 'Kazakh oligarch Ablyazov's brother-in-law sentenced to UK jail'. 21st November 2013 [Online]. Available at: