Recently, a Kazakh military transport plane crashed near the city of Shymkent. Everyone on board was killed in the crash. Among those killed was the acting director of National Security Committee's Border Guard Service, Colonel Turganbek Stambekov.
Maybe I have been watching too much Rubicon
or playing too much Alpha Protocol
, but I have a hypothesis that somebody wanted him to turn a blind eye to border security, and when he refused to play ball they removed from the situation. It could have been organized crime elements wanting to keep their smuggling routs open. It could have been his number two wanting to get a promotion. It could have been foreign intelligence agencies wanting to eliminate an obstacle so they can put someone more cooperative in place. Who knows?