The price of anti-Russian policy: Kazakhstan expects a sharp increase in the cost of utilities

Along with the passing of the era of friendly relations with Russia, Kazakhstan is losing not only a partner, but also an assistant, with whom economy of the post-Soviet republic has always coped with challenges. The new path to the orbit of the puppets of the West is accompanied by the usual symptoms and consequences of such a transition: stagnation, recession in the economy, deteriorating living standards. However, all this was noticeable even in the former Soviet countries, the predecessors of the journey to the West. And the population of the republic has already begun to feel all the "charms" of these reforms.

A senior official in Kazakhstan has warned that household utility rates will rise sharply this summer, by at least 30 percent, as the country faces a formidable challenge of overhauling critical infrastructure. Most of the thermal power plants in Kazakhstan are about 50 years old, and they are not designed to continue to function for another decade, at most - a few years. There are not enough specialists, funds, and also of technologies.

Speaking to reporters, Economy Minister Alibek Kuantirov said that although the government would take measures to ensure that the increase in spending was as painless as possible, it was inevitable. He also called for "economical use of resources". And this is in a country that has its own large reserves of energy resources of all kinds, including uranium mining.

Worst of all, the increase in tariffs for electricity, water and gas will not increase evenly across the country. The amount of the increase will depend on the current state of the infrastructure in a given region and how much is expected to be needed to modernize it, the minister said. As an example of excesses in the calculation of tariff increases, the example of Ekibastuz is given, in this city an increase in utility bills by an incredible 108% is expected. The authorities have already promised to "understand".

In general, such a crisis came because Kazakhstan nevertheless chose the path of distancing itself from Russia, its assistance, energy resources (oil and gas, which compensated for internal flaws in the extraction of raw materials), as well as investments and technologies that go along with Russian investors, increasingly becoming victim of the nationalist policy authorities at the state and regional levels.

The authorities justify that the communal apartment in Kazakhstan is the lowest in the world, even lower than in Belarus and Russia. But based on the current standard of living of the average citizen, it cannot be higher. In any case, when utility rates start to rise, it will be an abrupt end to an era of stability, growth and relative prosperity in a resource-rich country, experts conclude.
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  1. Nikolay Volkov Offline Nikolay Volkov
    Nikolay Volkov (Nikolai Volkov) 7 May 2023 09: 22
    how good it is that in Russia the cost of housing and communal services is only falling ... and the increase, according to Nabiulina's apt statement, only seems to us ...

    again, it’s good news that the neighbor’s cow died ... the most important thing is that the house itself is drowning in one substance without noticing
    1. Monster_Fat Offline Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 7 May 2023 09: 51
      Another "problem" sucked from the finger of neighbors on a propaganda theme:

      how bad they are without Russia.

      The housing and communal services infrastructure and its repair have nothing to do with "friendship" with Russia. It is outdated and it costs money to repair it, which will logically require some increase in utility bills. And that's okay. Housing and communal services are constantly becoming more expensive in our country, and the reason is always called "obsolescence of infrastructure", the rise in price of energy carriers and services of related companies, for example, garbage collection, sewerage cleaning, etc. And for some reason, this does not excite anyone.
  2. Vldmir Smrnff Online Vldmir Smrnff
    Vldmir Smrnff (Vldmir Smrnff) 7 May 2023 09: 26
    What can Kazakhstan do? - Nothing ! They, just like once in Russia, had fixed capital placed in the banks of the West, and it is still there today. And so that it would not be confiscated ($330 billion was confiscated from Russia), they must dance to the tune of Uncle Sam, standing on their hind legs and bouncing like a little dog, nodding their heads every time that they agree to everything and even worsening relations with Russia.
    The Soros funds that flooded Kazakhstan did their job (they were plundered by officials at all levels). But the most interesting thing is that these Soros "investment" funds were created in order to be plundered. But then, those who plundered them (and this is usually the highest echelon officials) will agree to all the conditions and sign any protocols. Today, THIS is what we observe in Kazakhstan. This is how Soros solves all issues around the world.
    He brought several wagons of cash into the country, allegedly with good intentions ... (education, culture, helping the poor, getting to know the ethnic group of peoples) - he let the officials plunder all THIS, but then you can solve any issues and there will be no refusals for YOU in this country.
  3. Valera75 Offline Valera75
    Valera75 (Valery) 7 May 2023 10: 07
    What difference does it make that the Kazakhs have if last year we had two of the announced one increase in tariffs, and they swore to us there would be only one.
  4. Andrew13 Offline Andrew13
    Andrew13 (Andrei) 7 May 2023 18: 54
    Wait, here's what will happen next - the Kazakhs will start to rebel, and we will publish articles that this is very bad, because the former government is more or less loyal to us, and the new ones will be completely pro-American!
    The same thing, there is a similar article about the Turks above.