Update (18 June): The CEO of US-based public relations agency 5WPR, Ross Torossian, issued the following emailed statement:
Clearly all of the American media reports regarding Maira Nazarbayev have been completely inaccurate.
“The young man Khanbolat Nazarbayev, the 10-year old son of Bolat and Maira is enrolled in a posh private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a very close distance from the couple’s Plaza Hotel residence. The young man lives in New York City and will continue to attend York Prepatory Academy. It is unfortunate that this private family matter has been manipulated and exploited by parties with political interests. The family expects to be able to resolve this matter amicably in the best interest of their children. Daniyar Nazarbayev remains enrolled in the famed Sandhurst Military College,” said Ronn Torossian, spokesperson for the Nazarbayev family.
(Media had reported that Daniyar lived in the apartment when in fact the 10 year old son of Bolat and Maira lives with his parents – as can be verified with the attached document which shows Khanbolat school enrollment.)
Update (15 June): Meanwhile, Daniyar’s mother, Maira, has denied the media allegations. See New York Post report here.
Court papers had reportedly alleged that Daniyar Nazarbayev, the step-nephew of Kazak President Nursultan Nazarbayev, conned his way into Columbia University in New York, the Washington-based United Press International has reported.
Citing the New York Post, the UPI report can be found here here.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail of the UK has a few interesting photos of the personalities involved.
And check out this 10-year-old’s birthday party, as reported in the Luxury Travel Magazine.