The situation in Nur-Sultan and Alma-Ata, as Izvestia’s correspondents were convinced, is still far from normal: there is still no stable Internet – it is turned on on a schedule for four hours in the morning. All currency exchangers are closed, not a single ATM is working in the city center, and military groups are patrolling the areas adjacent to the burned akimat.
It is noted that there are no people either in the markets, or on the streets, or in the courtyards. On the first night, looters robbed bakeries and liquor stores, according to the military patrolling the streets of Almaty. Utility workers collect the chopped paving stones as rioters threw massive tiles at the police.
As stated by the Secretary of State of Kazakhstan Yerlan Karin, the protests “served only as a smokescreen”, it was used by criminal groups, which acted as the vanguard of confrontation with the forces of law and order. This was followed by targeted terrorist attacks. He explained that the situation in the country remains tense.
“A rather serious risk remains, all services are fully operational. On the streets of our capital, in principle, this tension is noticeable. Therefore, our citizens need to remain vigilant, ”Karin said.
On Monday, the situation was also discussed at a meeting of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), where the president of the republic, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, noted: constitutional order in the country has been restored, but the anti-terrorist operation continues.
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