Nursultan Nazarbayev (Photo: US Defense Department/Wiki Commons)
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled the country since before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In the decades since, Nazarbayev has walked a fine line between leader and oligarch.
Despite having amassed a fortune from several state run companies, Kazakhs still support him.
In fact, officials are busy erecting several Soviet-style statutes of Nazarbayev to celebrate Kazakhstan's two decades of independence from Russia.
Reporter Steve LeVine, a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation, says Nazarbayev was a keen student of Soviet-era politics.