Britain may soon expel a top Kazakh diplomat, who is said to be a friend of Royal Family’s Prince Andrew, after intelligence files revealed that he is a Russian spy, a British newspaper has claimed.
Kazakhstan’s attache to Britain, Kairat Abusseitov, at the centre of cash-for-lobbying claims and multi-million-pound oil deals in the erstwhile Soviet Union, has been a KGB agent for almost 20 years, the ‘Daily Mail´ reported.
Citing a KGB report penned by Major AV Efimov of the spy agency’s First Criminal Investigative Department, the newspaper said that the Kazakh diplomat was recruited by the KGB in 1988 as a spy and is codenamed “Delano”.
“Kairat Khuatovich Abusseitov served as an agent of Republic of Kazakhstan KGB Intelligence Department during the period June 1988 till May 1992. He has the chance of going abroad and his perfect knowledge of English allows him contact with those foreigners who interest the KGB,” the report says.
Major Efimov recommends in his report: “Appointing Abusseitov as a part-time servant of Kazakhstan KGB First Intelligence Department with a monthly reward of 700 Roubles.”
Though Ambassador Abusseitov confirmed he had regular contact with the KGB during the Eighties and Nineties -- and with Major Efimov -- but said: “I was never his agent and I was never paid by the KGB. I was not a spy for him or anyone else in the KGB and I was never paid by them.”