Kazakhstan is one of those countries that is almost never talked about in the mainstream Western media. However, many cannot even locate the country on the map. In recent days, a number of “experts” in Kazakhstan have appeared on social media, obviously following the opinion dictated by the mainstream media, which in turn are spokespersons for Washington’s policy within the food chain of imperial vassalage.
Among these useful tips for imperialism is the Brazilian Communist Party, PCB , founded in 1992 after the split with the PPS, today Citizenship. The PCB, which has always been proud of its international solidarity with the anti-imperialist struggle, has been increasingly adopting pro-imperialist positions, especially due to the influence of the postmodern youth that stole the leadership of that party and turned the acronym into an estuary to defend any crap. sold by imperialist NGOs . An example of this was the silence in the face of the attacks on Sandinista Nicaragua.
In 2011, they didn’t want to defend Libya, if it weren’t for some militants who now build the newspaper Voz Operária, the PCB would never have participated in the demonstrations against Obama’s visit. Because since that time, the PCB has shown its admiration for the CIA’s color revolutions.
In the first week of the year, the 9th largest nation on the planet, was shaken by massive protests, and within days, Kazakhstan was plunged into a spiral of violence that could have resulted in a civil war like that in Ukraine in 2013. .
Kazakhstan has only 30 years of independent existence. Region of nomadic peoples for centuries, it was annexed to the Russian Empire in the middle of the 18th century at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. And after a brief period of independence, it became one of the republics that constituted the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, until its disintegration in 1991.
For almost 30 years, the country was ruled by Nursultan Nazarbáyev, from 1990 to 2019, who held high positions in the Soviet government, after independence, to accelerate reforms towards a neoliberal economy.
Based on the country’s oil and mineral wealth, and the extractive industry inherited from the USSR times, the country has experienced nearly two decades of uninterrupted economic growth. In 2019, after 28 years in office and after 5 presidential elections, Nazarbáyev resigned after a series of demonstrations against his government took place. In the elections that year, the current president, Kassym-Jomart Tokáyev, who continued with the policies of the previous government, won.
Like several other ex-Soviet nations, Kazakhstan is a national, cultural and religious conglomerate, where almost 70% of the population is Muslim and 23% Christian, mostly Orthodox Catholic. In addition to Kazakh, the country speaks Russian daily, to the point that it is considered the official language for politics and business. Furthermore, 1 in 5 inhabitants of the country are ethnically Russian.
Kazakhstan is not a poor country, in a regional geopolitical context, it can be considered a reasonably rich and developing country. In absolute terms, its GDP (Gross Domestic Product) exceeds that of oil powers such as Qatar or members of the European Union such as Hungary, standing at US$ 191 billion (IMF data). Its GDP per capita is US$10,145, higher than Mexico (US$9,967), Argentina (US$9,929) and Brazil (US$7,741). Kazakhstan’s human development index, 0.825, is on a similar level to that of Chile (0.851) or Uruguay (0.817). And the Gini coefficient, which measures a country’s inequality, stands at 27,500 and is comparable to the Netherlands (28,500) and Finland (27,400).
Given this context, we start the year 2022 with news related to Kazakhstan. On January 2, demonstrations began in Janaozén, a town close to the Caspian Sea, a place where uprisings are nothing new. In 1989, Cazacos and Chechens fought in this city, and in 2011, police violently repressed a strike, leaving dozens of wounded and dead.
On the recent occasion, the trigger for the demonstrations in the city of Janaozén was the announcement of the increase in liquefied gas, rising from US$ 0.13 to US$ 0.28. Despite President Tokáyev announcing the resignation of his government cabinet and returning to the old price of liquefied gas and freezing it, in a few days the demonstrations expanded throughout most of the country.
The indiscriminate violence resulted in the death of dozens of protesters and police. Including the actions of terrorist organizations brought to the country by the Israeli, Turkish and American secret service. On February 5, Western media reported that the situation in Kazakhstan was close to civil war. That same day, the government announced the mobilization of peacekeeping troops from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, due to terrorist activity in the country.
The SCTO is an organization made up of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Russia and is an alliance of mutual military assistance. And troops were responsible for securing sensitive government facilities such as power plants and airports, while local security troops were responsible for containing terrorist activity. In a few days, the situation gradually calmed down in the country, and recently the government announced the withdrawal of the CTO troops.
The US advised Kazakhstan that it should not accept Russian military aid within the framework of the CTO. The US Secretary of State, , started an anti-Russian propaganda saying that: “A lesson from recent history is that once Russians enter your house, it is very difficult to get them to leave”.
This sounds like a joke, when this guidance comes from the United States, a country that has about 742 military bases outside of the United States. Most are remnants of World War II, such as 118 in Germany, 119 in Japan, 44 in Italy, and the rest scattered in 80 other countries. Among them, countries that demand the withdrawal of US bases, such as Cuba and Syria. The United States concentrates 85% of the world’s foreign bases, followed by the United Kingdom, a NATO member, with 145 bases outside its territory. While Russia has 12 bases and China only 8.
Despite the Western media trying to paint Kazakhstan as “Russia’s satellite country”, a quick survey might point to just the opposite. In 2017, Kazakhstan began a process of abandoning the Russian alphabet. In addition, a campaign of embarrassment against the Russian-speaking population began in the country. Including Russophobic practices.
Both the United States and the European Union, always eager to describe demonstrations in Cuba, Venezuela, Russia or China as “democratic” and “peaceful”, while keeping silent in the face of police violence against popular demonstrations in countries allied to Washington, such as Chile, Palestine or Colombia. . They rushed to support the demonstrations in Kazakhstan.
Although there have been massive and peaceful demonstrations across the country, the fact is that they all ceased when the government backed off on fuel increases. So the demonstrations that continued promoted numerous acts of sabotage to State infrastructure. 13 police officers killed during the demonstrations, two were beheaded. The beheading of their victims is a typical feature of militias working for the Mossad and the CIA in the Middle East and Central Asia.
In this regard, Central Asia is a hotbed of Yihadism, that is, the extreme right that uses Islam to fight for power, which hopes to gain regional influence after the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan. At least 600 Islamic State militants are from Kazakhstan.
In the face of conflicts between the oligarchies for power and social discontent, the entry of Islamic terrorists left Tokayev’s Executive with no option but to seek the support of the country that was trying to get away, Russia.
A country especially interested in the situation in Kazakhstan so as not to plunge it into chaos, not only because 4 million Russians live in the country and not because there is the Baikonur aerospace base, where the missions of the Russian space agency leave. In addition, Russia shares a border of almost 7,000 km with its neighbor. The second longest border in the world, twice as long as the border between the United States and Mexico.
A Kazakhstan converted into a new Libya would be bad news for the Kazakhs themselves, but also for other countries in the Region. As a special one between Russia and China which has the country as an important ally .