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What’s in Kazakhstan: latest news and commentary, January 14

Peacekeepers of the CSTO mission return to their countries

On Thursday, January 13, the President of Kazakhstan held telephone conversations with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikola Pashinyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov and the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

“Kassym-Jomart Tokayev informed his colleagues in the CSTO about the withdrawal of the peacekeeping contingent from our country that began on January 13 and expressed gratitude to them for their support at the time of the terrorist attack on Kazakhstan.

The head of state stressed that the short-term stay of the collective peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan demonstrated the relevance and effectiveness of the CSTO as an authoritative international organization,”

– the press service of the President of Kazakhstan says.

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In connection with the end of the mission, the CSTO peacekeepers began the procedure for transferring protected objects to the law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan. Until January 13, peacekeepers guarded almost all strategically important facilities in Almaty (Alma-Ata, Verny) and other large cities of Kazakhstan.

The completion ceremony took place in Almaty peacekeeping operation of the CSTO on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The contingents of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO marched solemnly. The participants of the operation were addressed by the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Stanislav Zas, who stated that the situation in Kazakhstan is stabilized.

“The peacekeeping operation on the territory of Kazakhstan was the first real use of the CSTO Collective Forces, where you, with your professionalism and well-coordinated actions, clearly showed that our states are ready in any conditions, shoulder to shoulder in a single combat formation, to defend the common security space,”

Zas said.

In his opinion, it was important for Kazakhstan, perhaps not so much military as political and moral support of the allies in the CSTO, which was provided literally in a matter of hours.

“The events that have taken place have become a turning point in the development of our Organization, which has acquired new qualities as a strong international institution. The CSTO is a really working mechanism for ensuring the stability and security of our states. In accordance with the will of the Kazakh side, the peacekeepers will be withdrawn to their points of permanent deployment as scheduled,”

– said the CSTO Secretary General.

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On Friday, January 14, 14 planes with CSTO peacekeepers are scheduled to take off from Kazakhstan. According to the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Aerospace Forces will take out the contingent involved from Armenia, Belarus and Tajikistan. The return of CSTO peacekeepers from Kazakhstan will end on January 19.

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In 14 regions of Kazakhstan, the situation has stabilized so much that it became possible to cancel the “red” level of terrorist threat.

“The anti-terrorist operation has been completed and the critical“ red ”level of terrorist danger has been canceled in the territories of Nur-Sultan, Shymkent, Akmola, Aktobe, Atyrau, East Kazakhstan, West Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Kyzylorda, Kostanay, Mangystau, Pavlodar, North Kazakhstan and Turkestan areas”,

– the press service of the KNB of Kazakhstan reports.

However, in Almaty, Almaty and Zhambyl (Dzhambul) regions, the anti-terrorist operation continues, there are still arrests of terrorists and persons involved in the riots, and the “red” level of terrorist danger remains there.

As of January 13, 1925 rioters were detained in Almaty. 38 firearms and 1486 ammunition were confiscated. The operation continues. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Kazakhstan launched the site stopterrorism. kz, where citizens can anonymously upload videos and photos of terrorist attacks and riots.

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Every day more and more new facts about what happened in Kazakhstan in the first days of January become known. In those days, 18 fire trucks were damaged, 6 of them were stolen, 5 were burned, and the firefighters themselves were beaten and injured – and this is just four days of protests that were “peaceful”, as some Western media are trying to convince us.

Terrorists blocked the road to fire trucks that were in a hurry to call, threw stones and Molotov cocktails at them – all in order to paralyze the work of the fire service and prevent the fires from being extinguished.

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The heroes of the terrible events in Kazakhstan were also ambulance workers who took out the wounded and killed from under the shelling, although the terrorists tried in every possible way to prevent this – they threw stones and smoke grenades at cars, smashed windows, seized cars to finish off the wounded.

“From the 4th to the 7th, 11.5 thousand calls were received. A third of them are injuries: gunshot, cut, beaten. We did not distinguish between strikers and non-strikeers, policemen and non-policemen – it was impossible to make out. The bandits put on the uniform of the police, the police – civilian,

– said acting. Ambulance Director of Almaty Andrey Lozhkin Russian military correspondent Alexandru Kotsu.

During the riots in Almaty, 5 ambulances were destroyed, the health department said.

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Almaty Police Department Official Saltanat Azirbek told journalists Satellite Kazakhstanthat only in one night from 5 to 6 January (from 20:00 to 05:00) the building of the Police Department was attacked 27 times. However, all these attacks were repulsed. According to Azirbek, she managed to return home only on the fourth day. The defenders of the Department did not have weapons, but they defended the building, which included, among other things, a weapons depot.

In total, in Almaty, about a thousand policemen received injuries of varying severity.

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And here is the akim (mayor) of Almaty Bakytzhan Sagintaev he did not pass the test and now the inhabitants of the former Kazakh capital are demanding his resignation.

The mayor is accused of hiding during the four days of unrest in the city and never spoke to the residents of Almaty. But when the danger had passed, he reappeared on television.

“We state with deep indignation the fact that the akim did not pass the most important test in his life – he did not support either morally or physically the townspeople in difficult days for the city. Akim of the country’s largest metropolis hid from the people for 4 days. We ask you to release Mr. Sagintayev from the post of akim”,

– says the petition of the townspeople.

In just one day, the petition received 12,000 votes.

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An incomprehensible situation is developing around the National Scientific Center for Especially Dangerous Infections named after Masgut Aikimbaev, on whose territory until recently there was a US biological laboratory and which, according to local media reports, was attacked by rioters. The CSTO offered to take the scientific center under protection, but the Kazakh side assured that it would manage on its own.

Russian military commander Alexander Kots visited the building of the scientific center and, indeed, traces of attacks are visible there, but the center’s guards repulsed the attack on the building. But even after the attempt to capture this strategically important object, the security was not further strengthened. Although the anti-terrorist operation has not yet been fully completed and dormant cells of radicals are still being discovered, which can be located anywhere, another provocation or sabotage cannot be ruled out.

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As for the new government of Kazakhstan, its composition caused not only disappointment, but also became an occasion for a flaring up scandal, and an international scandal at that.

We are talking about the appointment of a clear Russophobe to the post of Minister of Information and Social Development Askara Umarova, who is recognized in Russia as an undesirable person. In addition, everyone knows that Umarov is closely associated with Kazakh nationalists, and with those radical representatives who are now accused not only of inciting ethnic hatred, but also of calling for the seizure of power.

Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Evgeny Primakov stated that the agency refuses to work and maintain contacts with the new Minister of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan.

Askar Umarov himself assures that in fact he always tried “to conduct fruitful work with Russian and other partners” and that he understands “how important are allied relations with Russia and Russian support for us”.

“The Russian Federation’s support for our country evokes respect and gratitude. Once again I want to reaffirm my commitment to the principles of tolerance and friendship of peoples, the unity of the people of Kazakhstan and fraternal relations with neighbors,”

Umarov noted.

How much one can believe the transformation of a Russophobe into a Russophile, time will tell, but Russians in Kazakhstan (and not only in Kazakhstan) perfectly remember all his statements about both the Russian language and the Russians themselves.

Kazakhstanis are dissatisfied with the fact that the first deputy head of the presidential administration has become the Minister of Culture and Sports Dauren Abaevwho is responsible for the unrest in the country.

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Meanwhile, the first international flight from Antalya arrived at Almaty airport. And a plane took off from Almaty to Nur-Sultan.

If the airport in Almaty is still operating in a limited mode, the station has fully resumed its work. There are many passengers, it is difficult to buy plane tickets, so there are many who want to leave by train.

The airport also operates in the capital – it is still under heavy guard of both the military and the police, although the anti-terrorist operation in Nur-Sultan has ended. There is an armored personnel carrier near the entrance to the airport. Only passengers with tickets can go inside, the mourners are not allowed in due to the state of emergency.

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Overseas, they were so happy that the CSTO peacekeepers were leaving Kazakhstan, as if they themselves believed that two thousand peacekeepers decided to seize this country. The withdrawal of the CSTO peacekeeping forces was welcomed by US State Department spokesman Ned Price. And in the US Congress in the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, hearings were held on the topic “News about the unrest in Kazakhstan” (Update on unrest in Kazakhstan).

The hearings were closed, so what was discussed there, one can only guess …

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

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