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What’s in Kazakhstan: latest news and commentary, January 13

On Wednesday, January 12, the first meeting of the new government of Kazakhstan took place, the ministers took the oath, and the Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov urged the Cabinet of Ministers to make every effort to fulfill the tasks set by the president – to bring the country out of a large-scale crisis, restore everything destroyed by the militants, and fulfill the tasks of improving the quality of life of the population.

“These are very complex and large-scale tasks, which in the current conditions have not yet fallen to any government. Real results are expected from our work”,

– said the prime minister.

The first meeting of the new government of Kazakhstan

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President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived on Wednesday in Almaty (Alma-Ata, Verny) to see with his own eyes the extent of the damage caused by the terrorists.

“You know, Almaty is my hometown. This is where I was born and studied. Now we are faced with the task of rebuilding this city in the shortest possible time. This, one might say, is a matter of honor for me as president and as a citizen of our state. I have no doubt that the city will be restored, and the government is tasked with making the city look even better than before. You have to work really hard,”

– said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, separately promising state assistance to the affected entrepreneurs.

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In Almaty, the president held a meeting of the operational headquarters, at which he announced the end of the CSTO peacekeeping mission.

“Tomorrow begins the organized withdrawal of the CSTO peacekeeping contingent. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Contingent Command for the work done during these few days. The very presence of the CSTO peacekeeping contingent in Kazakhstan, including in Alma-Ata, played a very important role in terms of stabilizing the situation in our country. Of course, this was of great psychological importance for repelling the aggression of terrorists and bandits. The mission is assessed as very successful. Once again, I express my gratitude to my colleagues – heads of state,”

the President noted.

He is sure that today the international community is talking about the CSTO, because the whole world has seen the effectiveness of the organization. In this regard, Tokayev made a proposal to establish the institution of the Special Representative of the CSTO Secretary General for peacekeeping operations.

Russian CSTO peacekeepers in Alma-Ata

Russian CSTO peacekeepers in Alma-Ata

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The head of state met in Almaty with the families of law enforcement officers who died during the tragic events, expressing his condolences to them and promising assistance and all kinds of support from the state.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev personally presented the relatives with the awards that their husbands and fathers were awarded “for selflessness in the performance of military and official duty in protecting the interests of the state”.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev personally presented the relatives with the awards that their husbands and fathers were awarded

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Secretary of State Erlan Karin announced on Wednesday about the start of construction of the “New Kazakhstan”.

“This is not only the renewal of the state apparatus, as some experts simply imagine. This is, first of all, a reboot of public values. Rejection of radicalism, extreme views and actions, strengthening the creative motive. Overcoming all kinds of faults in society. It also means the continuation of phased and systemic reforms. Humanitarian Dimension of State Policy and Staking on Human Capital”,

the Secretary of State explained.

In addition, Kazakhstan is moving towards a meritocratic management model. Meritocracy means the power of the worthy, it is this power that ensures the stability and prosperity of states.

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In all regions of Kazakhstan, commissions have been created that will examine and assess the damage caused. According to preliminary data, 53 administrative buildings and 151 small and medium-sized businesses were damaged in eight regions of the country, but the numbers are being updated every day, the government said at a meeting on Wednesday. All this should be restored by February 20, they decided at a government meeting.

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In the capital of Kazakhstan, the situation is stable, the city is patrolled by military and police officers. There are six checkpoints around the perimeter of the city around the clock.

Quietly in Almaty. On Wednesday, the Kazakh security forces finally removed the guards that were posted around the perimeter of the burnt city hall, which has become a symbol of pogroms and riots, the Russian military correspondent reports. Alexander Kots. Local residents come to look at the burnt building of the akimat.

Alma-Ata is coming to life, traffic jams have appeared on the roads, but traces of pogroms and burnt cars are still present on the streets.

Central square of Almaty

Central square of Almaty. Photo: “KP”

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The situation in the country is normalizing, but law enforcement officers are not sitting idle – a special operation to clean up the regions continues. In just one day on January 12, the police and military of the National Guard, together with special forces, seized 3 rifled carbines, 11 Makarov pistols, magazines and AK-47 cartridges in the Almaty region, detained more than a thousand people who are suspected of participating in the riots.

The search for and seizure of weapons stolen from looted hunting shops continues successfully.

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In Kazakhstan, it was decided to strengthen control over the illegal withdrawal of money from the country – the National Bank will deal with this together with the Agency for Financial Monitoring and the Agency for Regulation and Development of the Financial Market. According to President Tokayev, at present there is a threat of the withdrawal of capital abroad, including through the conclusion of fictitious transactions. In case of obvious violations, financial transactions will be suspended.

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Located in Almaty and Russian military commander Semyon Pegov, author Telegram-channel @WarGonzo. In his opinion, the visit of the President of Kazakhstan to the former capital of the country was the final point in the process of stabilizing the military crisis in Kazakhstan.

“The first person of the state physically appears on the scene either at the most critical moment, or when an undeniable victory has been won. For the second day in Alma-Ata, no shooting has been heard, which means that this is a variant of victory, a demonstration that there is no more danger,”

– writes the military commander.

He also assures, referring to his sources in Kazakhstan, that the main goal of the failed “color revolution” in Kazakhstan was precisely the overthrow of Tokayev, as evidenced by the fact that the state guard was removed from the presidential residence on the eve of the terrorist attack.

“Without high-ranking orders, this is impossible in principle.

It is not yet necessary to say that the political crisis has been completely overcome. The social tension has not been completely removed. The increase in gas prices was canceled, but prices, for example, for gasoline and bread remained. The fact that Tokayev appointed outright Russophobes to certain ministerial positions does not add stability. So there’s still a lot of work to be done. But still, there is every reason to hope that now it will be conducted without shooting in the streets, ”

– said Semyon Pegov.

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The situation has also been stabilized in the city of Aktau (Shevchenko) – in the center of the city on Yntymak Square, where the rallies were held, there is almost no one, only children ride on a swing, despite the frost. All utilities and public transport are operating normally. People move freely around the city. A trading house located on the square has been opened.

There are very few military patrols protecting public order.

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The Civil Aviation Committee informs that Almaty Airport will resume operations from January 13, 2022. According to preliminary information from the airport management, domestic and international flights will be operated from 8:00 to 21:00 according to the airline’s flight schedule.

Also, since the morning of January 13, the state of emergency has been canceled in the West Kazakhstan, North Kazakhstan and Pavlodar regions.

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The situation in Kazakhstan is stabilizing, life is returning to its previous course, which cannot be said about the coronavirus pandemic – the incidence of covid has increased dramatically. Nur-Sultan (Astana, Tselinograd), Almaty, Shymkent (Chimkent) and Atyrau (Guriev) regions have moved into the “red zone”, six regions are already in the “yellow zone”.

However, the increase in the incidence is not associated with unrest in the country, doctors say.

“We can’t say it’s because of the riots. The incubation period of coronavirus infection is 5-8 days. What we see is the consequences of New Year’s corporate parties and banquets. They affected the epidemiological situation in the country,”

– the representative of sanitary and epidemiological control is sure Yerzhan Baitanaev.

Based on materials from the press service of the government of Kazakhstan, the press service of the President of Kazakhstan, TASS, Telegram channels of MTRK Mir, Anna_News, Orda_Kz, NUR.KZ, Sputnik_Kyrgyzstan, WarGonzo, SashaKots

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