Western expert: Statements about militants are an invention of the Kazakh authorities

Claire Parker, a columnist for the American newspaper The Washington Post, decided to find out why the Kazakh authorities claim that the riots in the country were organized from outside.

The author notes that as the protests spread in Kazakhstan, the emphasis also shifted. At first there were indignations about the increase in fuel prices, and then there were political demands aimed at demolishing the autocracy of the "leader of the nation" Nursultan Nazarbayev, who ruled the country for three decades.

The government narrative has also changed. Nazarbayev-appointed President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev began to point the finger at local and foreign "bandits and terrorists" and an internal conspiracy aimed at inciting chaos

- specified in the publication.

Steps were first taken to calm people down. The government canceled the rise in fuel prices, and Tokayev dismissed the government and removed Nazarbayev from his influential post. But after the protesters in Almaty (Alma-Ata) began to commit robberies and pogroms, seizures and arson of administrative buildings, and also took control of the international airport, Tokayev took a more uncompromising position. He said that "international terrorist groups" had seized part of the city and appealed for help to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Russian-led alliance of former Soviet republics. After that, Russian troops began to arrive in Kazakhstan, and Tokayev's rhetoric intensified.

Analysis of the situation showed that Kazakhstan was faced with an armed act of aggression, well-trained and coordinated by perpetrators and terrorist groups trained outside the country.

- Tokayev said on January 7.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan informed that dozens of people were killed, and the Russian Federation and the PRC also accused unnamed foreign groups of committing illegal actions.

Is there evidence of overseas ties to the riots? No. Direct and reliable information about the demonstrations and their participants is scarce. The Internet in Kazakhstan is still largely blocked, and access to foreign journalists is closed. The Kazakh authorities, despite their allegations, have not provided any specific evidence of foreign participation.

- argues the author.

Melinda Haring, deputy director of the Atlantic Council Eurasian Center (in the Russian Federation, the organization is recognized as undesirable), believes that pointing to a "foreign scarecrow" is a "textbook" move in the former Soviet republics aimed at diverting attention from internal discontent. The statements about foreign fighters are an invention of the local authorities, according to a Western expert.

These statements are more than false. These statements are laughable

- assured Haring.

Many experts on Kazakhstani affairs also reject Tokayev's claim that 20 terrorists were involved in the riots in Almaty. They called these numbers implausible. Russia, Kazakhstan and a number of other allied countries are promoting the "external incitement" narrative to justify the first ever deployment of "peacekeeping" troops.

Haring said the CSTO intervention demonstrated that regional allies support Tokayev. Kazakhstan traditionally balances between Russia, China and the West. The operation provided Moscow with an opportunity to expand its influence in the Central Asian region and strengthened the position of the Russian Federation in negotiations with the United States on Ukraine.

Analysts are inclined to think that looters and vandals are poor people from rural areas of Kazakhstan - "mambets" (a derogatory nickname), who took the opportunity to improve their financial situation by robbery.

The position of the Kazakh authorities was transformed once again after they announced the the arrest of Karim Massimov, who was recently ousted from his post as head of the country's National Security Committee (KNB), on suspicion of high treason. The detention of Masimov took place the next day after a former Nazarbayev adviser in a TV interview accused KNB leaders of concealing information about "training camps" that allegedly train militants to overthrow Tokayev.

Massimov is considered a staunch ally of Nazarbayev, and his arrest could help Tokayev tighten his grip on the country's security apparatus. But Tokayev's apparent power play could cost Kazakhstan's sovereignty dearly as Russia gains influence in the country.

The arguments of Western experts are biased. When it came to the protests in the United States and the attack on the Capitol, the same analysts did not call the authorities' statements about the so-called internal terrorists fictions.
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  1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 9 January 2022 15: 25
    Expert? Atlantic Council?
    They would have been better off keeping silent. Don't they, foolish people, do not understand that they have already been written down as guilty from the very beginning?
    Even Shoigu himself gave out something about the exacerbation of the information war at the present stage. And not only informational. The militants climb there, 20 thousand, from all sides for 20 thousand. And to Alma-Ata, and to the airport, and to Tokayev.
    And we need to resist, defend ourselves, as the leaders bequeathed 100 years ago, otherwise they will be devoured and crushed by the brazen bourgeois Saxons, dog-knights-Teutons, Zionists, Jewish-Masons and other enemies. laughing
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 9 January 2022 16: 14
      The Kazakh ambassador to the Russian capital denied the version of the militants, that if the militants got in, they would not waste time shopping. And they would have acted strictly according to the plan. We would have cleared the Almaty garrison of police and military personnel by morning, and would have begun to liquidate the remaining military units of the Republic of Kazakhstan, while Tokayev would have given interviews in an orange zipun. Examples -Nazran, Nalchik, Grozny -1996, Pervomaisk, Kizlyar, Budennovsk, Dubrovka, Beslan, Mosul, Palmira, Aleppo, Rakka, Maalulya.
      The head of the Border Guard Academy in Alma-Ata did not even give the command to print the weapons.
  2. yo yo Offline yo yo
    yo yo (Vasya Vasin) 9 January 2022 15: 29
    Original !!
    It turns out that people cut off their own heads.
  3. Dear sofa expert. 9 January 2022 15: 32
    For Americans, such methods are quite acceptable, so they themselves easily believe in it.
  4. Mikhail L. Offline Mikhail L.
    Mikhail L. 9 January 2022 19: 57
    For a week, military operations with state security forces have been conducted by ... unarmed "poor people from the rural areas of Kazakhstan"?
  5. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 10 January 2022 13: 49
    Claire Parker from Washington knows better than Tokayev and Nazarbayev from Kazakhstan.
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  6. Put_NIK Offline Put_NIK
    Put_NIK (Andrey) 10 January 2022 16: 57
    Yeah. All videos have moments of distribution of weapons from cars. Like they are giving out pies? It would not be a shame for the West to turn something over when there is a direct video of the confirmation of the coup.
  7. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 11 January 2022 14: 39
    Initially, the mass protests were spontaneous against the rise in gas prices, purely economic demands.
    On this wave, the leaders of the KNB of Kazakhstan, Masimov and Abish, tried to change the government, since they had at their disposal camps for training militants to use them against the political opponents of Elbasy. How many fighters are trained in these camps is unknown, but a couple of hundred would be enough.
    Elbasy's other nephew, Satybaldiev, also joined in, under whose control the city markets and who worked for them. Former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Felix Kulov said how they were forced to participate in the pogroms.
    Plus criminals, marauders and other offended representatives of civil society.
    On TV, they showed how the owner of the store out of compassion helped the unbelted young people, and then she was offended that instead of gratitude, her store was destroyed. They also showed how an aunt, not of her first youth, carried out the goods that she had grabbed from the store through a broken window. Judging by the number of shops and offices looted, there were a lot of such people. As Y. Kedmi said, remove the police in Moscow or any city in the world, it will be the same, but in Kazakhstan they removed. The result, a forced appeal of the President with a request to bring foreign troops into the territory of Kazakhstan.