Tokayev posthumously awarded 16 dead Kazakhstani police officers
President Tokayev posthumously awarded 16 dead Kazakhstani police officers
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev posthumously awarded 16 soldiers and law enforcement officers who died for their courage and dedication in the performance of their military and official duties, as well as for the exploits.
“I decide: to reward for the courage and dedication shown in the performance of military and service duties, as well as for the deeds committed in protecting the interests of the state,” says the order published on the website of the presidential administration.
Among those awarded the Aibyn order of the II degree are the head of the department of the KNB in the Zhambyl region Dastan Adilbay, the inspector of the special rapid reaction unit of the police of the Almaty region Darkhan Barganaev, the officer of the KNB border academy Zhandos Zhagalbayev, the inspector of the Taraz city border police Rakhat Slanbekov academy Zhaiyk Adylkan, senior sergeant of the Alma-Ata police Alen Asylkhanov, private Meirkhan Bitim, warrant officer of justice Yerbol Yerzhanov, police driver Rinat Kambetov, soldier of the National Guard Madiyar Kaisarov, corporal in Taldykorgan Smailkanov Gabdolla and a number of others.
Mass protests in Kazakhstan began in the early days of 2022 – residents of the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau in the west of the country opposed a twofold increase in prices for liquefied gas. Later, the protests spread to other cities, including Alma-Ata, the old capital and the largest city of the republic: looting began there, militants attacked state institutions, took away weapons. In response, the authorities declared a state of emergency across the country until January 19 and launched a counter-terrorism operation. According to the UN, about 1,000 people were injured during the protests in Kazakhstan. According to the updated data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, 16 security officials were killed.
On the morning of January 5, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev dismissed the government and became the head of the Security Council. At the first meeting of the Security Council under his leadership, Tokayev described the situation in Kazakhstan as undermining the integrity of the state and said that he had asked the CSTO for help “in overcoming the terrorist threat.” The CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send collective peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan to normalize the situation in the country. On January 7, Tokayev said that terrorists, including those who arrived from abroad, continued to resist, and promised to destroy those who did not lay down their arms. In addition, the President noted that all the demands of citizens, expressed in peaceful forms, were heard.