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Jan 16, 2022
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How can Kazakhstan exist without an ambulance in the form of a CSTO landing force

Since the withdrawal of the CSTO peacekeeping contingents from Kazakhstan turned out to be as lightning fast as their entry there at the request of the authorities of this country, there was even some grumbling on the Internet about the “too hasty” sending these troops to “winter quarters”.

Network analysts think, as always, in ideal categories. Say, not all the bandits were caught, and the threat of new attacks has not yet been completely eliminated. However, life is arranged differently.

Given the “too high tension” on the Ukrainian border, according to the official representative of the President of the Russian Federation, the decision of the leadership of the CSTO countries, and above all Russia, not to delay the peacekeeping mission in the Republic of Kazakhstan too much seems more than justified.

The Russian airborne troops, which formed the backbone of this CSTO military formation, did a lot of hard work. And before performing other tasks in other parts of the Russian border, the possibility of which, given the tense situation, cannot be ruled out, people must get the necessary respite, and military equipment must undergo appropriate maintenance.

Moscow is counting on the fact that the leadership of Kazakhstan, taking into account the hard lesson learned, paid for with the blood of hundreds of the dead, controls the situation in the country to a sufficient extent and will be able to carry out “work on the mistakes” in full in order to prevent the recurrence of such tragedies.

The international significance of the experience of Kazakhstani events was pointed out, in particular, President of the Russian Federation V. Putin, who drew attention to the active use by subversive elements of the information, including network, space: “And everyone knows that through the use of Internet communications and social networks, attempts continue to be made to involve our citizens in protest actions, which are the forerunners of terrorist attacks, which was clearly and quite specifically told by the President of Kazakhstan today, this is the chronology of the events that took place in Kazakhstan… Moreover, the experience of recent events in Kazakhstan confirms that certain forces do not shy away from using cyberspace and social networks in recruiting extremists and terrorists, creating “sleeping cells” of militants. In this regard, we would consider it appropriate to instruct the Committee of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO within the framework of the relevant working groups – on information security and on combating terrorism and extremism – to submit proposals for jointly countering attempts at destructive external interference in the area of ​​responsibility of the CSTO “.

As for the Kazakh leadership, hastily reorganized on the crest of events, there is no end to its work. Moreover, no foreign peacekeepers will help in this work. And the situation, at least in some areas, looks so neglected that it is appropriate to compare the upcoming work with the Herculean feat of clearing the Augean stables.

And, of course, the selection and placement of personnel for this work will be of paramount importance. Kazakhstan is now just at this stage. Some appointments, and to key posts, have already caused, to put it mildly, a mixed reaction. First of all, we are talking about the newly appointed Minister of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan, Askar Umarov, who is notorious for his Russophobic statements.

The motives of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Tokaev, who made such a personnel decision, are unknown to us. It is possible that he was guided by the well-known everyday rule, which says that for one beaten they give two unbeaten. In any case, Umarov’s practical actions as a state official will be based on the general political course of the local authorities. And this course, if Kazakhstan really wants to stop the slide into the abyss that opened in January, should be reconsidered in a number of key aspects.

It cannot be said that Kazakhstan in this respect differs too much from most of the former republics of the USSR, each of which, to one degree or another, survived the time of the semi-colonial past, when, according to V. Putin, American inspectors were sitting in the Russian Federation everywhere – from the Kremlin to the checkpoints rocket factories.

However, if the Russian Federation, as the largest fragment of the former Soviet Union, has already managed to do a lot to overcome the heavy legacy of the post-Soviet timelessness, in other fragments of the former superpower, neo-colonial orders have taken root so deeply that in some places they have led to almost irreversible consequences. In Ukraine, it came to a neo-fascist anti-state coup, as a result of which this territory actually became a US colony and is under direct control from across the ocean. Here is just one recent fact to confirm this:

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In all such cases, the methods of asserting Western dominance were practically the same. The forces of external expansion consolidated their control over the post-Soviet territories in the following way:

1. The creation of a “new political class”, often recruited directly from the street from among money-hungry tramps and “new social leaders” who have passed crash courses;

2. Formation of a “market”, and in fact raw material export-oriented economy;

3. Planting a frenzied, brainwashing propaganda of the so-called “universal values”;

4. Consolidation in the mass consciousness of a stable image of the enemy, as a rule, in the person of the “Russian colonial empire”, as well as propaganda of nationalism under the guise of “national revival”;

5. Pursuing at the state level a policy of maximum distancing from Russia, from the Russian language and culture, with the gradual squeezing of the Russian population of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the margins of socio-political and economic life, and often even out of the country.

The short-sightedness and danger of such a policy for Kazakhstan was most clearly manifested in the course of current events, when it was Russia that acted as the main guarantor of the integrity and survival of this republic. And it was in the regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, populated mainly by Russians, that the current rebellion was practically not supported.

All of the above Kazakhstan received, as they say, in full. In the economy, the controlling positions are held by the largest Western transnational companies, which manage the vast natural resources of the republic.

In the economy of Kazakhstan, the controlling positions are held by the largest Western transnational companies, which dispose of the vast natural resources of the republic.

The most favored nation regime for the activities of TNCs is provided by the political influence of these external players on the top officials of Kazakhstan, a significant part of which exists not so much on state salaries, but on impressive deductions from the profits of the same Western companies. According to John Heathershaw, a professor of international relations at the University of Exeter, between 1998 and 2002 alone, representatives of the political elite of Kazakhstan purchased 34 properties in London for about 530 million pounds. Another 20 years have passed since then, and some local officials who stole billions of dollars, like the notorious Ablyazov, fled abroad.

As for the psychological treatment of the population, which, with such an anti-people distribution system of material wealth, has accumulated many questions for the local “elite”, then a whole army of “non-governmental” organizations and specially trained persons.

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The current leadership of Kazakhstan, in the light of the national catastrophe that almost happened, is beginning to draw some conclusions from what happened and outline ways to rectify the situation. However, this is done somewhat one-sidedly. Recognizing the presence of dangerous socio-economic disproportions in the country, it has not yet decided to touch on the topic that is the root cause of this state of affairs. Namely, the theme of the dominance of foreign capital not controlled by local authorities and its almost unlimited influence on the political and ideological situation in the republic.

“Tokayev directly blamed Nazarbayev’s entourage for the fact that a group of super-rich people had formed around Elbasy, even by international standards. Tokayev believes that they should “pay tribute to the people of Kazakhstan.” A number of banks and funds will be subjected to verification, and the money will go to the announced social and economic reforms. It is recognized that financial and oligarchic groups have become the beneficiaries of Kazakhstan’s economic growth. The events in Kazakhstan, according to Tokayev, were the result of socio-economic problems and the failed activities of some state bodies. These bodies broke away from reality and the needs of citizens and caused the growth of property stratification.

Any attempts to preserve the current political and economic situation are tantamount to maintaining that explosive potential, which almost led to the destruction of Kazakhstan as a relatively stable, peaceful and integral state. The stakes for the leadership of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the people of this republic are still high. And the decisions that need to be made must fully correspond to the scale of the problems facing Kazakhstan.

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