16:26 Apr. 24, 2016
Through his firm, he put forward a sales pitch to despot worth 5.3m GBP a year
Tony Blair made the shameless sales pitch to Nursultan Nazarbayev, offering the Kazakh president his 'unique personal experience and insights'.
Leaked documents lay bare the former prime minister's dealings with a regime behind appalling human rights abuses.
The extent of Mr Blair's dealings with the former Soviet republic in central Asia raises further questions about his apparent willingness to work with unsavoury leaders.
'It seems that no regime is too despotic for Tony Blair to work for – provided the price is right,' said Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen. "Since leaving office he has become a gun for hire for all manner of dubious regimes, damaging our reputation around the world."
Mr Blair denies making any personal profit from his deals with Kazakhstan. His office has said he simply helped to set up an advisory group and had not personally advised Mr Nazarbayev.
One of Mr Blair's team, former British ambassador Michael Roberts, suggested the letter should be sent out to all European MPs, commissioners and foreign ministers by Baroness Ashton's office, effectively involving her in lobbying for the Kazakh cause. Full story