Belarusian peacekeepers of the CSTO forces arrived in Kazakhstan on five planes.A criminal investigation has begun against the participants of the mass protests / Illustration by REUTERS
Belarusian peacekeepers of the CSTO forces arrived in Kazakhstan on five planes.
Shots and rather loud explosions are heard on Gogol Street between Nauryzbai Batyr Street and Dostyk Avenue in Almaty. It is reported by the local newspaper Vlast .
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In Almaty, from time to time, shots are heard in the following parts of the city: Golden Square, New Square, Kamenka, Tastak microdistrict, Momyshuly street (between Tole bi and Ryskulov streets).
Mobile Internet in most regions of Kazakhstan is still disabled.
A criminal investigation has begun against the participants in the mass protests.
Criminal cases were initiated on the facts of organizing and participating in “mass riots”, as well as “acts of terrorism.”
At the moment, an interdepartmental investigative and operational group has been created, which includes representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Security Committee and other law enforcement agencies of the country.
The sanctions of the articles provide from eight years in prison to life imprisonment with deprivation of citizenship.
Protests in Kazakhstan: what is known
Protests have been held in Kazakhstan since January 2. People took to the streets of cities due to the rise in prices for liquefied gas . Citizens demand the resignation of the president, the government and oppose corruption. During the rallies, law enforcement officers use force against the protesters, hundreds of people are detained.
In connection with the protests, the country’s President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev accepted the resignation of the government . He decided to transfer the interim duties of prime minister to Alikhan Smailov.
Nursultan Nazarbayev left the post of chairman of the Security Council of Kazakhstan . The Security Council was headed by Tokayev.
The President of Kazakhstan asked the heads of state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help . The troops of the Russian Federation, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are sent to Kazakhstan for a limited period of time to “stabilize and normalize the situation.”
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry advises Ukrainians to refrain from visiting Kazakhstan because of the protests .