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Assaulted, dragged and beaten : Chilling revelations of how former Kazakhstan minister killed his wife

Saltanat died of brain trauma. One of her nasal bones was shattered, and she had other bruises on her face, head, arms, and hands

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 04th 2024 10:05 AM
Assaulted, dragged and beaten : Chilling revelations of how former Kazakhstan minister killed his wife

Assaulted, dragged and beaten : Chilling revelations of how former Kazakhstan minister killed his wife

Saltanat Nukenova murder: The trial of a former minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kuandyk Bishimbayev accused of fatally beating his wife has captured nationwide attention, viewed by many as a pivotal test of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's commitment to fostering a just and equitable society. 

Saltanat Nukenova, 31, was found dead last November in a restaurant owned by a relative of her husband, Kuandyk Bishimbayev. 


The couple had spent nearly an entire day and night, during which Nukenova remained unconscious for hours. 

In a recent court session, graphic surveillance footage spanning 8 hours was presented, depicting 44-year-old Bishimbayev repeatedly beating his wife to death, evoking shock and outrage throughout the country.

  Saltanat Nukenova murder - Plot and Timeline 


  • A 44-year-old Kuandyk Bishimbayev, former Minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan repeatedly assaulted his wife with kicks and punches in the family-owned restaurant.
  • In the CCTV footage, the former Kazakhstan minister was observed dragging her by the hair into a room devoid of surveillance cameras. 


  • When Nukenova attempted to seek refuge in the restroom, Bishimbayev forcibly broke down the door, forcefully removing her and continuing his assault. "He grabbed her by the throat after hauling her from the toilet. "This is when she lost consciousness," the prosecutor said.
  • As she lay on the floor, drenched in blood, Bishimbayev called a fortune teller, who told him that his wife would be OK. 
  • The ambulance came 12 hours later, and medical personnel confirmed her dead on the scene.
  • According to a coroner's findings, Saltanat died of  brain trauma. One of her nasal bones was shattered, and she had other bruises on her face, head, arms, and hands.

Bishimbayev, 43, is accused with torture and murder with excessive brutality, and he faces up to 20 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty and claimed in court that Nukenova died from self-inflicted injuries.


- With inputs from agencies

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