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Nelly Furtado

Like Elton John, this Canadian songbird apparently also flew away to Kazakhstan. According to the same memo, "There have been separate reports that Nelly Furtado performed at the August 2007 birthday bash for Kulibayev's wife, Dinara Nazarbayeva." An added bonus: "Kazakhstan's political elites also have recreational tastes that are not so exotic. Some, in fact, prefer to relax the old-fashioned way. Defense Minister Akhmetov, a self-proclaimed workaholic, appears to enjoy loosening up in the tried and true 'homo sovieticus' style -- i.e., drinking oneself into a stupor." Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
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