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Staying 'Aliev'

Rakhat Aliev continues to dish the dirt on Kazakh President Nazarbaev, and sundry misfortunes continue to befall his friends.

So it's little wonder that the rector of Kazakhstan's National Art Academy has changed his name. The educator formerly known as Arystanbek Aliev says he is tired of fielding questions about whether or not he's related to the exiled former presidential son-in-law and current thorn in the side of the Nazarbaev administration.

-- Andy Heil

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