Music producer Bari Alibasov told Izvestia on January 10 that he was crying because of the events in Kazakhstan. He said that the republic is “more than a homeland” for him.
“Yesterday I cried about what is happening in Kazakhstan. Because for me Kazakhstan is my mom, dad, my youth, kindergarten, and school, and my first love and everything – in general, my life. I became a famous musician in Kazakhstan. For me, this is more than my homeland <...> This is the best time in my biography, my destiny, “Alibasov said.
He also spoke about good relations with the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The producer admitted that the days of the riots were very scary for him.
“Thank God that everything has now been restored <...> I want to wish Kazakhstanis only one thing, so that their life is happy. They deserve it. And as the best neighbors of Russia, as the best friends of the Russians, ”said the producer.
On January 7, the TV presenter, leader of the Kamyzyak team in KVN Azamat Musagaliev called what was happening in Kazakhstan a tragedy. The artist added that he had never lived in the republic, but now he realized that “Kazakhstan has always lived in it.”
Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2. The protesters opposed the rise in prices for liquefied gas. The actions soon escalated into riots. The situation has become especially aggravated in the largest city of the country – Alma-Ata. The protesters broke into the administration building, set fire to the building of the prosecutor’s office and the presidential residence. Violators of law and order armed themselves and began to loot, destroying shops, pharmacies and banks in the city. They ransacked the offices of five TV channels, tried to attack the pre-trial detention center and attempted to enter the territory of a military unit in the Aktobe region.
During the riots, 16 security officials were killed, two of them were beheaded. In addition, there is information about attacks on doctors. As indicated in the commandant’s office of Alma-Ata, the brutal actions of the attackers testify to the terrorist and extremist nature of the bandit formations.
The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, noted that the seized government offices were terrorist groups. He stressed that the bandits who caused the riots had received serious training abroad. The presidential administration of the country specified that among the militants operating in Alma-Ata there were snipers with special rifles.
On January 5, the head of the republic dismissed the government, headed the Security Council and at its meeting said that he had applied to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, which includes Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan) for help in overcoming the terrorist threat …
On January 9, the CSTO collective peacekeeping forces completed their deployment in Kazakhstan. As the commander of the CSTO peacekeepers, Andrei Serdyukov, emphasized, the mission will continue to work in the republic until the situation is completely stabilized. A day later, the Secretary of State of Kazakhstan Yerlan Karin said that the CSTO forces would locally ensure the protection of vital facilities.
On January 10, Tokayev pointed to the participation of militants from Afghanistan and the Middle East in the riots in Kazakhstan. According to the leader of the republic, the plan was to form a “zone of controlled chaos with the subsequent seizure of power” on the territory of the country. At the same time, the present of Kazakhstan announced the restoration of constitutional order in the country. He pointed out that the republic has experienced a large-scale crisis, the most difficult in the history of independence.