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Kanye West is the latest celeb to make millions in blood money from entertaining the families and pals of vicious Central Asian dictators who torture, kill and steal from their citizens.
West, who just celebrated the June birth of baby North with Kim Kardashian, earned more than $3 million by singing for his supper at Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayevâs grandsonâs wedding over Labor Day weekend.
Two years ago, Sting refused to perform on Labor Day in Kazakhstan after Nazarbayevâs thugs killed 17 oil workers and injured more than 100 during a seven- month strike.
The US governmentâs Web site describes Kazakhstanâs dismal human-rights record, including state-sanctioned torture, the muzzling of political opposition and religious freedom along with arbitrary arrests and heavy media censorship. The State Department also said Nazarbayevâs 2011 âelectionâ â he received 95 percent of the vote â âfell shortâ of international standards.
Nazarbayev has been the âpresidentâ of Kazakhstan since the oil-rich ex-Soviet republic declared independence in 1991.
West appears to be taking a page from Jennifer Lopezâs pay-for-play-for-tyrants book.
The Bronx-born bombshell earned more than $9 million from fees earned entertaining âcrooks and dictators from Eastern Europe and Russia, â according to a scathing report from the Human Rights Foundation.
For $2, 5 million, J.Lo sang âHappy Birthday Mr. Presidentâ to Turkmenistan dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov this summer.
Once outed, she apologized, but did not give money back or hand it over to nonprofit groups that help victims of the rights-abusing regimes.
Nazarbayev is widely viewed as a corrupt dictator who has siphoned off much of his nationâs oil wealth for himself and his regime-propping, human-rights-abusing cronies.
West performed at the Hotel Royal Tulip in Almaty, a picturesque city featured in Sacha Baron Cohenâs 2006 political satire, âBorat.â Almaty is a former provincial capital that is now filled with representatives from multinational companies in the oil and gas business.
The 23-year-old groom, Aysultan Nazarbayev, is a graduate of Britainâs Sandhurst Academy and now works for his grandpaâs Ministry of Defense while his 20-year-old bride, Alima Boranbayeva, is the daughter of the chairman of the powerful Russian-Kazakh state oil venture, KazRosGas.
A wedding guest posted part of Westâs performance on Instagram, featuring the rapper belting out, âCanât Tell Me Nothing.â