Security forces have apparently recaptured the streets of Kazakhstan’s capital, Almaty, after days of violence.
The former head of Kazakhstan’s domestic intelligence agency has been detained on suspicion of high treason after being fired amid violent protests.
The National Security Committee, or KNB, said in a statement on Saturday that its former chief Karim Masimov – a close ally of Kazakhstan’s founding president Nursultan Nazarbayev – was arrested on Thursday after launching an investigation into high treason charges.
“On January 6 this year, the National Security Committee launched a pre-trial investigation into high treason,” it said. “On the same day, on suspicion that he had committed this crime, former chairman of the KNB KK Masimov was detained and placed with others in a temporary detention center.”
Security forces appear to have taken back the streets of Kazakhstan’s capital, Almaty, on Friday after days of violence. “Russian-backed President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has said he has ordered his troops to leave.”to shoot to kill”To put down a nationwide uprising.
A day after Moscow sent troops to help quell protests, police on Friday patrolled the rubble-strewn streets of Almaty, though some gunfire could still be heard.
The protests began in response to a fuel price increase, but grew into a broad movement against the government and Nazarbayev, the 81-year-old long-serving ruler of any former Soviet state, until he handed over the presidency to Tokayev in 2019.