Of course, as do most interesting stories, this one involves the country of Georgia (where I live, and where Kazakhstan is the largest investor). Or, rather, an autonomous fief, run by a chess-enthusiast warlord, Aslan Abashidze, who was in league with Hugh and Tony Rodham. And instead of uranium, hazelnuts.
Afterword: Shortly after taking office in 2004, freedom-agenda poster child Mikheil Saakashvili deposed Abashidze and sent him packing to Moscow, but without his 80 dogs. Abashidze’s main backer is a fugitive from Georgia and Russia, and a business partner of Rupert Murdoch’s.