Kazakhstan: life imprisonment and deprivation of citizenship threatens rioters

The prosecutor’s office of Kazakhstan announced cruel punishments for the participants in the riots – they may lose their citizenship and spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

The department is now investigating “acts of terrorism.” Earlier, the media reported on the statement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, in which the authorities promise to eliminate all those who refused to lay down their arms.

The President states that in general the authorities control situation. But the messages are conflicting. For example, on Friday morning in Almaty, shots and explosions were heard. The opposition is sure that the official statements are cunning and do not reflect the real state of affairs. Ex-Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Ablyazov says:

“I believe that the regime is over, the only question is the timing.”

To restore order, in accordance with the request of the Kazakh authorities, contingents from the CSTO countries, including Russia and Belarus, arrived in the republic. Ablyazov commented on the situation:

“Therefore, he (President Tokayev) turned to Putin for help. And Putin wants to build the old Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, the amount of damage from riots in Kazakhstan reached about $ 200 million on Friday evening, informs Informburo.kz with reference to Atameken, the country’s national chamber of entrepreneurs:

“At 21:00 (18:00 Moscow time) on January 7, in ten regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan there are 848 affected business entities and 1021 objects. Including 789 subjects and 950 objects in Alma-Ata.”

According to the Chamber of Entrepreneurs, the approximate amount of damage is about 87.2 billion tenge (200 million dollars), of which 85.8 billion in Alma-Ata.

More than 70 militants who participated in attacks on administrative buildings were detained in Alma-Ata. This was announced today by “Sputnik Kazakhstan”, referring to the data of the police department. Izvestia reports that law enforcement officers have detained more than 30 looters.

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