Alijan Ibragimov (also known as Alidjan or Alidzhon Ibragimov) is a Kyrgyzstan-born Muslim oligarch who is a member of a well-known circle of oligarchs in Kazakhstan known as the â€œTrio.â€ The â€œTrioâ€ comprises Ibragimov and his business partners, Alexander Mashkevich and Patokh Chodiev, who made their billions by asset-stripping in the mining/metals, oil, gas, and banking sectors in Kazakhstan. Ibragimov has ranked #382 on Forbesâ€™ list of world billionaires. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/10/7IZC.html A Wall Street Journal article is but one source which has linked the Trio to money laundering schemes involving Kazakh officials, as well as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/wsj/access/74994990.html?dids=74994990:74994990&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Jul+6%2C+2001&author=By+Steve+LeVine&pub=Wall+Street+Journal&edition=Eastern+edition&startpage=A.7&type=91_1996&desc=Kazaks+Face+Money-Laundering+Charge. In addition to their involvement in money laundering, Ibragimov and the Trio are also charged with fraud and criminal association.