A criminal case has been opened in Kazakhstan in connection with the riots.
The decision was made by the country’s prosecutor’s office, RIA Novosti reported.
According to the decision, a criminal case has been launched under the articles of the Criminal Code of Kazakhstan on committing riots and terrorist acts.
An interdepartmental investigation-operational group consisting of the most experienced employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Security Service and other law enforcement agencies has been established under the leadership of the Special Prosecutor.
A preliminary investigation is underway.
It is noted that the participants of the riots in Kazakhstan are sentenced to eight years to life imprisonment with deprivation of citizenship.
Mass protests in Kazakhstan began in the first days of 2022. Residents of the western cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau later protested against the doubling of liquefied natural gas prices, and protests spread to other cities. Clashes with security forces broke out in Almaty on January 4 and 5, with police using tear gas and grenades. The Internet was cut off in Kazakhstan, and the broadcasting of a number of TV channels was suspended. A state of emergency has been declared in the country until January 19.
On January 5, President Kasim-Jomart Tokayev dismissed the government and headed the country’s Security Council. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has decided to send peacekeepers to Kazakhstan in connection with Tokayev’s appeal.