Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



After a suspected coup attempt was thwarted, Russia-led bloc began withdrawing from Kazakhstan

Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow, Russia January 13, 2022. Sputnik/Alexey Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS

After a week of deployment, a Russia-led military group began withdrawing out of Kazakhstan on Thursday, amid an uprising in which officials in the Central Asian country said the former security chief was accused of staging a coup.

The news: Russia declared that the troop pull-out would be finished by January 19, a month earlier than previously anticipated. Western politicians, concerned about a build-up of Russian soldiers near Ukraine, have criticised their deployment. Moscow has denied any preparations to invade, but said security discussions this week had reached a stalemate, threatening further repercussions.

  • President Vladimir Putin described the mission in Kazakhstan as a success and a practise that should be studied further.
  • Last week, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev requested help from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) after initially calm protests sparked by a dramatic increase in car fuel prices became violent in numerous major towns.
  • At a leaving ceremony in Almaty on Thursday, Kazakh Deputy Defence Minister Mukhamedzhan Talasov told CSTO troops, “Thanks to your arrival, Kazakh military and security forces were able to carry out their immediate job of discovering and capturing bandits.” The Russian contingent was the largest.

What’s going on: On Wednesday, Kazakh authorities hailed the end of an “anti-terrorist operation” in much of the country, though they have yet to declare Almaty, the country’s largest city, totally secure.

  • It was unclear how many of the 2,500 troops deployed in by the CSTO were leaving right away.
  • CSTO forces were first stationed in government buildings in Nur-Sultan, the capital city, far from the hotspots of disturbance, and then in Almaty, where they guarded critical infrastructure objects such as huge power plants.
  • Nearly 10,000 people have been arrested as a result of the turmoil, which saw some protestors attack security officers, capture and fire government buildings, and plunder stores.
  • According to reports, some of the assailants were foreigners who had been trained by Islamist terrorists. Although Tokayev did not specify who the foreigners were, he claimed that this warranted CSTO intervention. He has fired a number of his top security officials, who have now been charged with treason.
  • On Thursday, Kazakhstani authorities announced that they were investigating Karim Masimov, the former chief of state security, for a possible coup attempt.
Russian servicemen take part in the ceremony marking the beginning of the withdrawal of peacekeeping troops of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) from Kazakhstan, in Almaty, Kazakhstan January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev

What they’re saying: At the height of the upheaval, Tokayev announced that he would be succeeding former president, Nursultan Nazarbayev as head of the security council, a position in which the long-time former leader still wielded extensive powers. Since the protests started, Nazarbayev has not been seen in public.

  • Some Kazakhs have echoed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s remark that Kazakhstan might find it difficult to get rid of Russian troops after allowing them in. Tokayev has stated that after January 23rd, no foreign forces will be present in the nation.
  • According to the Interfax news agency, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu indicated on Thursday that the disengagement would be finished on January 19.
  • Putin hailed the efforts of the CSTO peacekeepers.
  • On official television, Putin told Shoigu, “Everything worked like clockwork: fast, coherent, and effective. I want to thank you, the general staff, and everyone else who helped lead this operation for their efforts, and I hope that this practise of deploying our armed forces will be looked at further.”
  • “We should, in general, come home. We’ve completed our mission,” he added.


Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.




New Delhi, Sept 29- According to data updated on Thursday by the Union Health Ministry, 4,272 new instances of infections have been registered throughout...


J&K, Sept 29 – Two people were injured in two bombs that occurred within eight hours in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir...


Karnataka, Sept 28 – The Narcotics Wing of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) broke an inter-state narcotics conspiracy on Tuesday, arresting five people-four women...


New Delhi, Sept 28- India observed a modest increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, reporting 3,615 instances on Wednesday. The...


New Delhi, Sept 28- Considering the decline in the number of theaters in India and to prevent its complete closure, the Ministry of Information...


New Delhi, Sept 28– The Popular Front of India (PFI) and any of its affiliates, allies, or fronts have been declared illegal associations by...

You May Also Like


The structure will be built for a Public Health Centre (PHC), which will be the sole government health facility near the crash site. The...


It appears that Twitter is full of like-minded people who have had similar ideas regarding marriage, particularly arranged marriage. And they’ve developed a hilarious...


Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella’s son Zain Nadella, died Monday morning.  The news: Zain was 26 years old and had been born...


According to a tweet from the UK Ministry of Defence, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the use of its TOS-1A weapon system in...