Tokayev called the “trigger” of the January riots in Kazakhstan

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Источник To restore order, Kazakhstan had to send troops from the countries— CSTO members. Tokayev called systemic corruption the “trigger” of the January riots Systemic corruption became the cause of demonstrations and pogroms in Kazakhstan, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

Consequences of mass protests
Systemic corruption in the republic served as a “trigger” unrest in January of this year, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said. On January 11, he noted that during Nazarbayev's nearly 30-year presidency, “a group of very profitable companies and a layer of wealthy people has appeared in the country, even by international standards.” Now it's time for them to “pay their dues” people, Tokayev suggested. And the unrest that has arisen in Kazakhstan has demonstrated serious omissions in the socio-economic adaptation of young people. For such deductions, a special fund should be created. Tokayev placed responsibility for this both on local executive bodies and on the entire system of state administration. Protests began in Kazakhstan at the beginning of the year due to a sharp rise in the price of automobile gas. And this is impossible without the mobilization of civil society,»,— Tokayev argues. His words were conveyed by the press service of the head of state on Twitter. They escalated into riots in which more than 200 people died. Tokayev on January 5 announced the removal of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev from the post of head of the Security Council of Kazakhstan. “It is important to form in society an absolute rejection of corrupt behavior by citizens. The leader of Kazakhstan noted that one of the main tasks of the ruling party “Nur Otan” there must be a fight against corruption. Tokayev recalled that in early January, Kazakhstan faced a carefully planned attack, which was aimed at the collapse of the statehood and integrity of the country. After the riots were suppressed, Nazarbayev's sons-in-law left their posts in state-owned companies: the chairman of the board of KazTransOil JSC; Dimash Dosanov, Chairman of the Board of QazaqGaz National Company JSC Kairat Sharipbaev and the head of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Timur Kulibayev. The President pointed to the need to work with disadvantaged youth in cities. Later, Tokayev admitted that in Kazakhstan the share of purchases in a non-competitive way is too high, and instructed to look into the purchases made by the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund, which was created by Nazarbayev's decree. The authorities should put forward useful initiatives on this issue and fill the anti-corruption strategy with new content. Thanks to the unity and consciousness of the population, it was possible to prevent the undermining of the constitutional order, he concluded.