Russian troops already control the airport in Almaty, Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN, ($1=435.93 Kazakhstani Tenge) – Russian peacekeepers, along with Kazakh law enforcement, have taken full control of Almaty airport, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman statement.

Russian troops already control the airport in Almaty, Kazakhstan
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“Russian servicemen who arrived in the Republic of Kazakhstan immediately began to carry out their tasks. At the moment, together with the law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the airport in Almaty has been taken under full control,” he said.

“The security of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, located in the city, and other important sites are ensured,” Konashenkov said.

Russia has reportedly sent elite airborne troops to the CSTO peacekeeping contingent.

Criminals are wanted

In Kazakhstan, they are searching for the remains of the bandits, identifying the liquidated and their connection with extremist organizations, said Dauren Abaev, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan.

“As a result of the operation, all administrative buildings of the city of Almaty were cleared of terrorists, many militants were liquidated and detained. Various versions of their belonging to extremist organizations are being worked out,” Abayev said on the air of the Khabar 24 state television.

Attempt to smuggle weapons

According to sources last night, January 6, there was an attempt to smuggle weapons. However, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan did not confirm information about an illegal attempt to import weapons at one of the checkpoints in Nur-Sultan, the state television 24 KZ reported.

“The attempt to import weapons to Nur-Sultan has not been confirmed. This information was communicated to the correspondent from the security of the checkpoint. But the Interior Ministry did not confirm the information. The situation in Nur-Sultan is stable and under the control of law enforcement agencies,” the Interior Ministry said.

Earlier, the state television correspondent reported that last night at one of the checkpoints at the entrance to Nur-Sultan was prevented several attempts to smuggle weapons, and a group of young people from South Kazakhstan, who can not explain the reason for their arrival in the capital are detained.

Attempt to take over the central television

The bandits operating in Almaty have made several attempts to appear live on television, said Dauren Abayev, first deputy head of Kazakhstan’s presidential administration.

“There have been several attempts to broadcast live on central television. Twice, attacks on the Koktobe TV tower in Almaty have been repulsed by border troops,” Abayev told the state-run Khabar 24 channel.

What happened in Kazakhstan?

In the first days of the new year, Kazakhstan was engulfed in mass protests: they began as actions against rising fuel prices, but very quickly turned into demonstrations with political slogans. Authorities in the country responded with mass arrests of protesters, violent measures, and internet blockades.

The reason for the dissatisfaction is the rise in the price of propane-butane, which is used by most cars. The price increased from 50-60 to 120 tenge per liter [from about 0.13 USD to 0.28 USD].

The country’s authorities explained such changes by the fact that from January 1, fuel prices became free and are determined by the balance of supply and demand. On January 2, residents of the western Kazakh city of Zhanaozen were the first to protest. But the rallies quickly spread to other cities.

Until January 4, the demonstrations covered Almaty, Uralsk, Aktobe, Taraz, Shymkent, Kokshetau, and the first solidarity actions were tried in the country’s capital, Nur-Sultan. The largest rallies took place in the Mangistau region of the southwestern part of the country, particularly in Aktau [about 16,000 people] and Zhanaozen [up to 10,000 protesters].

The demonstrators want not only a reduction in gas prices but also the resignation of the government, a reduction in unemployment, and the eradication of corruption and nepotism. People are chanting, “Shawl cat!” [“Down with Grandpa”] – This is addressed to the former President of the country Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has held this post for 29 years and now heads the Security Council of Kazakhstan.

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