Kazakh Foreign Minister on Nazarbayev's involvement in the protests: 'investigation will show' At the same time, according to the minister, Nazarbayev is in the country and feels good
Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi answered a question about the possible involvement of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the unrest in the country. Tileuberdi's statement was made to a small group of journalists during his visit to Brussels, according to the European online publication Euractiv.
When asked if Nazarbayev or members of his family were involved in the riots, Tileuberdi replied that “he does not think so , but the investigation will eventually show,” the portal said.
Speaking about the whereabouts of the ex-president, Tileuberdi said he did not know about him, but then quoted Nazarbayev's video message that appeared on January 18, according to which he is in the capital of the country and feels good.
In response to additional questions from journalists The head of the Foreign Ministry repeated the position of the Kazakh authorities that the initiative during the protests was “seized by terrorists” who were members of radical Islamist groups. The Minister also announced the existence of “sleeping cells” terrorists and admitted that the country's special services were not ready for such a development of events.
Protests in Kazakhstan began at the beginning of the year due to a doubling of the price of automobile gas— from 60 to 120 tenge (from 10 to 20 rubles). During the protests, riots broke out in which 225 people died, 4.5 thousand were injured, and 67 more are in hospitals. 546 criminal cases were initiated, 672 suspects were taken to isolation wards.
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