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Kanye West reportedly performed at a wedding last Saturday for the grandson of Kazakhstan's authoritarian President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
September 5, 2013 There's a long history of American artists traveling the globe and collecting huge checks to appear at private events for dictators. Kanye West spent last weekend at a wedding in Kazakhstan.
Jennifer Lopez on stage Saturday in Avaza, Turkmenistan.
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June 30, 2013 If she had known about the human rights record of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's government, the singer would not have performed, her publicist says. Turkmenistan's use of torture and political imprisonments has been reported about extensively by the State Department and human rights watchdogs.
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