Seizure of illegally stored weapons from citizens continues in Kazakhstan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 22


Confiscation of illegally stored weapons from citizens continues in Kazakhstan, Interior Minister Yerlan Turgumbayev said, Trend reported on January 22 via the President’s press service.

Turgumbayev made the remark during President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s meeting with the heads of a number of state bodies. The Minister informed Tokayev about the progress of the operational preventive measure “Law and order” in all regions of the country.

According to the Interior Ministry, a total of 1,822 criminal cases have been filed for terrorism, murder, violence against government officials, hooliganism, attacks on government buildings and other crimes, 116 of these cases were transferred to special prosecutors.

The ministry’s Department of Homeland Security has launched hotlines.

According to the Minister, in order to prevent violations of the constitutional rights of detainees, close cooperation has been established with human rights organizations.

Chairman of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Yermek Sagimbayev informed about measures to neutralize terrorist threats and develop a mechanism to prevent them in the future.

Kazakhstan’s government announced in late January 4 that it was reinstating some price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, after the few protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in fuel prices earlier this year.

Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is much cheaper than gasoline as an automotive fuel in Kazakhstan due to price caps. But the government argued the low price was unsustainable and lifted the caps on January 1.

After fuel prices soared, large protests erupted on January 2 in parts of the country. Public demonstrations are illegal in the country unless their organizers file a prior notice.

Following the evolution of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency throughout the country. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government had launched counter-terrorism operations to deal with the ongoing riots.

In addition, divisions of the united peacekeeping contingent of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) arrived in Kazakhstan to help restore order and help protect the country’s strategic objects.

Betty K. Park