The damage to the business of Kazakhstan during the riots amounted to more than $ 213 million. This was announced on Monday, January 10, according to the press service of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs.
“As of 09:00 (06:00 Moscow time) on January 10, the total amount of damage was, according to rough estimates, more than 93.7 billion tenge. In Almaty – 92.2 billion tenge (over $ 209 million), ”the message says.
The press service clarified that such business sectors as trade, catering, financial sector and logistics were affected.
“In nine regions of the country, 1,319 affected business entities located in 1,488 facilities were identified, of which in Almaty – 1,234 entities located in 1,399 facilities,” the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs noted.
Earlier it was reported that the damage suffered by the business of Kazakhstan during the riots amounted to more than $ 212 million (92.3 billion tenge).
Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2. Participants of the rallies 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 office of the ruling party. Radical protesters armed themselves and began looting, destroying shops, pharmacies and banks in the city.
The criminals ransacked the offices of five TV channels, tried to attack a pre-trial detention center in the city of Taldykorgan and attempted to enter the territory of a military unit in the Aktobe region.
It also became known about 16 security officials who died during the protests in the republic. Two of them were beheaded. The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan said that the participants in the riots also attacked doctors: more than 10 doctors were injured.
The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, noted that the seized government offices were terrorist groups. According to him, the bandits who caused the riots have undergone serious training abroad.
The commandant’s office in Alma-Ata also stated that the violent actions of the attackers testified to the terrorist and extremist nature of the bandit formations. The presidential administration of the country noted that among the militants operating in Alma-Ata there were snipers with special rifles.
On January 5, the President of Kazakhstan announced that he had applied to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia) for help in overcoming the terrorist threat. After that, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who holds the post of CSTO chairman, announced that the organization would send collective peacekeeping forces to the republic for a limited period of time to stabilize the situation.
Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia have joined the peacekeeping mission.