In a statement posted on the site web of the government, the Interior Ministry said: “On January 10, the number of detainees held by the Interior Ministry was 7,939”. On Sunday, the presidency announced the arrest of 5,800 people and the opening of 125 investigations against the backdrop of unprecedented unrest since 1989, when this oil and gas-rich country of 19 million became independent.
And life returned to normal on Monday in Almaty, the country’s largest city, where internet service was again available. Monday was considered a national day of mourning, while the exact outcome of the violent riots was not yet known. The authorities have announced the deaths of dozens of dead and more than a thousand injured.
A protest movement began in western Kazakhstan on January 2 due to rising fuel prices. The protests of the following days in Almaty were transformed in chaotic riots and riots, including shootings, vandalism of official buildings and looting of shops.
These unrest, the worst since Kazakhstan’s independence since the collapse of the Soviet Union 30 years ago, prompted President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to request military support from the Moscow-led Collective Security Organization. Russia has deployed forces in this Central Asian country as part of a multinational force of the former Soviet republics. A meeting of the leaders of the countries of this organization, including Vladimir Putin, will be held on Monday.