Kazakhstan is more than four times the size of Ukraine. Math problem of the day: if it takes more than 100 000 soldiers to invade Ukraine, how many will it take to occupy Kazakhstan? #BurdenOfEmpire https://t.co/vujpqg2mQ1
— François Heisbourg (@FHeisbourg) January 6, 2022
- Moscow Declares Kazakhstan Unrest “Foreign-Inspired Attempt” Of “Armed & Trained Groups” To Overthrow State
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday issued its most definitive and biting criticisms of the unfolding crisis just its its south, in the large former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, which it should be remembered is the size of Europe in terms of land mass.
Echoing statements this week from embattled strongman Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who has labeled the raging and increasingly violent fuel price hike protests and riots as “terroristic” in nature and inspired by “outside” forces, Russia has described a “foreign-inspired attempt to use armed and trained groups of people” to overthrow the legitimate government.
“We consider the recent events in a friendly country to be a foreign-inspired attempt to use armed and trained groups of people forcibly to undermine the security and integrity of the state“, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
“She stressed that Russia is interested in reinstating the status quo in Kazakhstan, and will assist Kazakh authorities in stopping the violence,” Russian media further cited her as saying.
Earlier in the day relatively small deployments of Russian paratroopers were filmed boarding military transport aircraft. This after the regional Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) alliance authorized a peace-keeping force on the ground. As we noted previously, there’s nothing so far to suggest that the Kremlin is deploying a very large force – also as it likely has its eyes still focused on the Ukraine crisis 2.0 and NATO eastward expansion.
Wow, wow. The statue to Kazakhstan’s first president and until a few hours ago head of the Security Council Nazarbayev is seemingly down in Almaty region. pic.twitter.com/aetzwdNQqf
— Bakhti Nishanov (@b_nishanov) January 5, 2022
4/The protests seemed coordinated,well-organized. To me,as a non expert on KZ,this looks like a combination of factors – intra-elite showdown + some foreign invlvment.If you believe it’s purely local,take a look where the protests coordinated from,who “opposition leaders” are,etc
— Maxim A. Suchkov (@m_suchkov) January 6, 2022
Running gun battles in Almaty, Kazakhstan with "peaceful protesters" ie violent insurrectionists who quickly hijacked legit social protests as cover for a well-organized coup attempt, likely with some degree of foreign direction, organization and funding. https://t.co/BSVt8mmBgN
— Mark Sleboda (@MarkSleboda1) January 6, 2022
#Kazakhstan: Captured armsfrom the National Security Committee (equivalent to Russian FSB) building by protestors in #Almaty:At least 2 PG-7V projectiles, possible boxed Glock pistol & (possibly) more in numerous scattered crates, various kit.
Anti-Armour capability in 48hrs… pic.twitter.com/6JhnIP4eT8
— Cᴀʟɪʙʀᴇ Oʙsᴄᴜʀᴀ ❄ (@CalibreObscura) January 5, 2022
What is happening in Kazakhstan is an attempt by Western special services to strategically weaken Russia so that Moscow will have to contend with two exceedingly dangerous fronts on its borders; namely, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. #Kazakhstan
— Dr Marcus Papadopoulos (@DrMarcusP) January 5, 2022