Patokh Chodiev – Murders, Embezzlement & Corruption

Patokh Chodiev, the Belgian-Uzbek oligarch, has a horrifying past of ordering murders, corruption and violence. 

The billionaire made himself rich when the Soviet Union was collapsing. Patokh Chodiev, along with Alijan Ibragimov and Alexander Mashkevich had obtained the privatized mineral and gas operations in Kazakhstan. 

The three men founded Eurasian Natural Resources Corp, a company that recently lost a defamation lawsuit against a journalist because he mentioned how Patokh had ordered murders before. 

On paper, Patokh Chodiev tries to maintain a clean and proper image. However, reports indicate that he had ordered the murder of multiple British citizens to hide evidence against him. 

Currently, the 69-year old billionaire enjoys Belgian citizenship and lives in the lap of luxury. 

The following article will shed some light on the criminal activities and past of Patokh Chodiev. This way, you would be able to formulate a better-informed opinion on him and understand how dangerous he truly is: 

The Shady Past of Patokh Chodiev: 

A while ago, French newspapers, Liberacion and Le Monde shared a story about how the presidents of Kazakhstan and France had rescued an Uzbek businessman from prison in 2009. 

The Uzbek businessman was none other than Patokh Chodiev.

According to the reports, Nicolas Sarkozy had even traveled to Astana for this. Apparently, the Belgian government made some changes to the legislation so Patokh could remain at large. 

That’s not all.

The media reports on Patokh reveal a lot of incriminating details about him. 

He began his career by working at a newspaper called Syrdarya Pravda. There, he was a proofreader. Patokh is a graduate of MGIMO and used to work at the USSR trade mission in Japan.

When the USSR collapsed, he went to Kazakhstan and launched a venture with Alijan Ibragimov and Alexander Mashkevich. This was the Eurasian National Resource Corporation (ENRC).

Patokh Chodiev and his business partners collaborated with Tractebel, a Belgian firm. 

Tractebel was able to receive plenty of state assets at a highly discounted price. Patokh and his partners were contributing actively to the embezzlement of public funds. 

In the 1990s, the Kazak Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry entered into an agreement with Tractebel to establish several joint ventures. But these companies never came into existence.

Still, Tractebel was able to acquire Almaty Energo for measly $5 million. 

When Patokh Faced a Lawsuit for Money Laundering in Belgium

With Patokh Chodiev’s help, Belgian firm was able to get Kazakhstan’s primary gas pipelines at discounted rates as well. For helping the firm secure this deal, Tractebel had given Patokh, Ibragimov and Mashkevich $55 million as ‘kickback’. Documentation reveals that they made this payment for ‘consulting services’.

The year Patokh received this payment, he became a Belgian citizen. 

He became a defendant in a money laundering case as Tractebel announced that it had to bribe the defendants.

The investigation went on for over a decade. In the early 2000s, the judge added the acquisition of real estate in Belgium obtained through illegal funds as a charge.

Furthermore, the investigation found that Patokh and his partners had offshore bank accounts. 

Then, the Belgian authorities changed the legislation which allowed criminal prosecution to get replaced with financial compensation. 

Hence, Patokh Chodiev only paid EUR 23 million to the Belgian prosecutor’s office and the court closed the case. 

Media reports reveal that Nicolas Sarkozy, the then French President had intervened to save Patokh Chodiev. Le Monde revealed that the Paris prosecutor’s office had been investigating corruption in Nicolas Sarkozy’s inner circle since 2013. 

This included bribing the official for special assignments with over EUR 300,000. Investigations revealed that Patokh had sent this sum as a token of gratitude for helping him with the Belgian court. 

Also, French media revealed that during Sarkozy’s visit to Kazakhstan, he was asked to protect the interests of their entrepreneurs in Belgium. In other words, Nazarbaye had asked him to protect Patokh Chodiev.

Allegedly, Patokh actively engaged with the representatives of prominent European businesses to discuss future deals between France and Kazakhstan. 

What the Newspapers Said on Patokh Chodiev’s Corruption:

Liberacion said Eurocopter was trying to get an initial contract with Russia for 50 attack helicopters and Patokh helped them with this. The French publication claimed that Elysee Palace had created a special team to rescue Patokh in Belgium.

Then, she began lobbying for legislative changes to rescue him. 

When Patokh succeeded in avoiding any jail time, he sent some ‘gifts’ to the people who helped him in this process. 

Also, the newspaper alleges that he assured Etienne de Rose of his gratitude and promised to help Eurocopter get the desired contracts in Russia. 

Later, Kazakhstan signed contracts in 2010 for assembling EC145 helicopters with Eurocopter which has now become Airbus Helicopters. 

The rich status and history of Patokh Chodiev might have helped him get access to a few Russian ministers. However, it is possible that he might have played a very small role in this deal. 

Still, there’s no denying that his escape from the Belgian prison was born out of multiple corrupt deals. 

Furthermore, Patokh Chodiev benefited a lot when the media started mentioning his name alongside Sarkozy. 

For starters, it helped him distract everyone from the discussions mentioning his budget embezzling activities. 

Patokh Chodiev Relies on His Titles to Clear His Reputation

Sources reveal that Patokh Chodiev has received plenty of honorary titles. Now, for a man whose past is laden with criminal activities and allegations, it is one of the very few ways he can maintain a positive reputation. 

That’s why it’s very difficult to figure out if the titles he received were because of his greatness or some other shady deals. 

For example, Patokh has received the Order of Honor for services to the state and making substantial contributions to Kazakhstan’s socio-economic development. Also, his online profits claim he has received the Order of Barys III degree on the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. 

Furthermore, his online profiles claim that he has published over 30 scientific papers and iis a doctor of science at Kazakhstan National Academy of Natural Sciences. 

These titles only indicate one thing – Patokh Chodiev is an extremely corrupt man who abuses his power and wealth.

Also, these titles don’t help him hide his fraudulent history. 

International Bribery, London Stock Exchange and ENRC:

For example, his company, ENRC, had to leave the London Stock Exchange. That’s because their documentation revealed that they were violating multiple terms of the LSE. These violations were present when the company had registered at the LSE but the revelations were made much later. 

Also, Global Witness submitted a report highlighting that a certain Kazakh company had bribed the leaders of a few African countries. 

It said that the company paid millions of dollars to the African leaders through offshore firms. For example, they had paid a confidant of President Joseph Kabila to buy the required assets. 

Patokh Chodiev’s Company Lost a Libel Lawsuit Against a Journalist

While looking into Patokh Chodiev, I found a news article stating how Patokh’s company, ENRC, had tried to sue a British journalist. Allegedly, the journalist claimed in his book that the company had ordered the murder of three men. 

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However, the judge dismissed the claim. The lawyers of ENRC claimed that an ordinary reader might understand a few parts of the book as claiming that the company had three men murdered to rpotrect its interests. 

However, the judge dismissed the claim saying that those parts of the book didn’t refer to the company. 

2 of the dead men were former ENRC staff members. Also, they were potential witnesses in an ongoing UK Serious Fraud Office corruption investigation into the mining giant. 

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Police found their bodies in separate motel rooms and the cause of their death was recorded as malaria. Similarly, they found the body of the third victim in his burnt-out Audi. 

Reports also suggest that Patokh Chodiev has fled Kazakhstan this year by using a fake passport. 

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French authorities have charged him with money laundering. Also, he is suspected to be the leader of the Kazakh mafia Fattah Chodiev. 

Media reports state that Patokh had sent EUR 5.8 million to his former lawyer and an unknown ‘porter’. 

The investigations are still ongoing and Patokh is confident that he will prove that the payments never occurred. 

Using Illegal Tactics To Bury News Articles: 

As you must have seen above, there are plenty of media reports exposing the shady operations of Patokh Chodiev and his business partners. 

When I was looking into the Uzbek oligarch, I found that someone representing him was posting fake DMCA notices against these articles. 

A fake DMCA notice is when someone copies the original content, posts it on their website and claims they were the original creator of the same. 

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It’s an illegal tactic prevalent among online scammers and criminals. That’s because it allows them to remove evidence and negative content from the internet. 

For example, MargeX is a crypto exchange which used this tactic to hide negative reviews from its potential clients. Similarly, Snir Moshe Hananya is a fraudster who employs the same tactic to hide the news articles mentioning his illegal activities. 

The representatives of Patokh Chodiev might post a fake DMCA notice against this article too. However, if they do, I’ll rebut it and post an update here. 

Verdict: Beware of Patokh Chodiev

After going through the above points, it’s clear that Patokh Chodiev is not a reliable businessman. 

He has a history of corrupt dealings and shady activities including suspected murder. 

Furthermore, it seems to me, his representatives are using fraudulent tactics to hide any news articles criticizing his history. 

Due to these reasons, I don’t think anyone should trust this man. Beware of Patokh Chodiev.

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Patokh Chodiev is an oligarch notorious for abusing his wealth and influence. He has received allegations of ordering murders of potentially incriminating witnesses. Moreover, he has received allegations of bribing French politicians and bureaucrats.

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  • Embezzler of budget funds
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    Patokh Chodiev is a criminal
    November 15, 2022 at 2:27 pm
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    Everybody knows what kind of a crook Patokh is. His company needs to be probed for the numerous illegal activities it has performed internationally. Sadly, nobody will take any action against him because he is just too powerful.

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    Patokh Chodiev can spread as many lies as he wants but it won’t change the truth. He is an international criminal. I’m sure he is on the INTERPOL’s radar and the only reason why he hasn’t been arrested is because he has everyone in his pockets. Chodiev is one of those guys who use everything in their power to avoid prison and people like him aren’t afraid to spend millions on bribes either.

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    Some criminals try everything in their powerto clean up their reputation. Patokh Chodiev seems like the kind of those criminals. He is extremely corrupt and if you ask any locals, they will tell you the same thing.

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