Tokayev announced an attempted coup in Kazakhstan

President of Kazakhstan Tokayev said that an attempted coup was made in the country. Preparations for a coup had been going on for a long time, and the wave of unrest began “as if by a single command,” the President of Kazakhstan noted

An attempt was made to carry out a coup d'etat in Kazakhstan. This was stated by the country's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a speech at an extraordinary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council.

He pointed out that the preparations had been going on for a long time. “ How long did this preparation take? '' a year, two, three, the investigation will show & raquo;, & mdash; added the President of Kazakhstan.


According to Tokayev, the organizers of the riots took advantage of the discontent of local residents with increased gas prices & mdash; the protests were followed by groups of armed militants who were waiting in the wings.

“ Under the guise of spontaneous protests, a wave of riots unfolded. As if on a single command, religious radicals, criminals, notorious bandits, looters and petty hooligans appeared & lt; … & gt; We are talking about an attempted coup '', & mdash; the head of state emphasized.

Tokayev recalled the simultaneous attacks on administrative buildings, the airport, TV tower, banks, attempts to block the work of ambulances and firefighters. “ Real battles were going on in Alma-Ata and other cities, '' & mdash; added the president.

The militants had a numerical advantage of at least five times and attacked police and military personnel with particular cruelty – & mdash; The heads of two servicemen were beheaded, Tokayev said.

The aggression simultaneously covered 11 regions in order to “ diffuse the resources of the state. At some point, events in Kazakhstan became critical, he added. After Alma-Ata and nine regional centers were “ in the hands of bandits '', the Kazakh authorities announced an anti-terrorist operation and turned to the CSTO.

Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 due to a twofold increase in the price of liquefied gas & mdash; from 60 to 120 tenge (from 10 to 20 rubles) per liter. Tokayev on January 5 ordered to introduce temporary state regulation of fuel prices. However, the actions of the authorities had no effect on the protests, and later they escalated into riots.

In several large cities, rioters clashed with security forces. In Alma-Ata, they stormed administrative buildings, attacked police and KNB departments, seized the airport.

The Kazakh authorities introduced a state of emergency, announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation and requested assistance from partners in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) .

The countries & ndash; parties to the agreement on January 6 sent a contingent to Kazakhstan to stabilize the situation in the country and protect military and state facilities. From Russia, airborne units entered the contingent.

On January 10, the Kazakh authorities announced that the situation in the country had been brought under control.

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