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Kazakh Air Force Deputy Commander Arrested


Kazakhstan’s military has confirmed that the deputy commander of the country’s air force, General Askar Buldeshev, has been placed under arrest.

Air Defense Forces Commander General Aleksandr Sorokin said that Buldeshev was detained in connection with an investigation.

But Sorokin said Buldeshev’s detention was not connected to the April 24 crash of a MiG-31 interceptor during a training exercise that left the pilot dead.

Some Kazakh media outlets reported that Buldeshev oversaw the maintenance of aircraft and was detained for "fraudulent activities related to the repair of air force equipment.”

In January, the former head of the Kazakh military’s armaments’ department, Almas Asenov, was arrested on charges of accepting bribes to ignore faulty checks on An-72 aircraft.

His arrest came after the December crash of an An-72 plane that killed 27 people, including the border guard chief.

Based on reporting by Kazinform, Interfax, and Eurasia View

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