“Extinct streets and burnt-out cars.” Alma-Ata through the eyes of a Russian woman
Plot Protests in Kazakhstan amid rising gas prices
In early January, Kazakhstan was swept by a wave of protests. Thousands of residents of the country took to the streets of cities, in some of them rallies escalated into riots: cars and government buildings were set on fire, shops and ATMs were robbed, and in Alma-Ata, protesters completely seized the international airport. During the unrest, the Internet was turned off in the country, and President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev requested military assistance from the CSTO countries. & Nbsp;
Now there are more than 8 thousand detainees in the country, the new government, and Tokayev called the riots a “ terrorist attack '', planned and carried out from outside.
The Ministry of Defense continues to evacuate Russian and foreign citizens from Kazakhstan. Since January 8, according to the department, more than 1,700 people have been evacuated by aircraft of the Russian Defense Ministry, including two diplomats with their families at the request of the Austrian and Hungarian embassies.
Russian Zarema Eskairova told how she survived the protests in the country and made it to Russia:
“ I went to see my relatives in my homeland in Alma-Ata. For us, these events were unexpected, especially since I do not watch the news at all. We celebrated grandfather's birthday on January 4 in the evening & mdash; 90 years old, & mdash; then they all left. That day I learned a little: the republic square was blocked off, there are some unrests taking place there. And the next day there was news that at night there were rallies, robberies, cars were broken.
I have not seen such hot events, only from videos on social networks, and then in the news. Our area is quiet, and almost never reached us. Only one store was looted on our street. And from the window we saw a cleanup operation in a neighboring house.
To be honest, for my entourage, close relatives, it was amazing. And I said that after what I saw on the news, as an absolutely outsider, I can see with the naked eye that everything is organized. Because our Kazakhs, I myself am a Kazakh, cannot do this: walk around their city, loot and kill people. But there is still dissatisfaction with the same pricing policy.
We were completely cut off from the outside world: no connection, no internet. Even inside the city they could not call each other. For about three days I could not get through to my mother in Russia. Only on the 8th I got through to my mother and said that everything was fine. And so my sister dialed me at night and told me that the Russian Foreign Ministry would evacuate people from the 9th, by 14:00 I had to go to the airport. It was only thanks to her that I found out about it, because there was no news, nowhere about it. I could not reach the consulate on the hot lines that are shown there on TV, and I could not reach the airport either.
The city itself is gloomy. And before that, on the 5-6th, there was still an incredible fog, the neighboring house was not visible, because it was smog, they burned a lot, tear gas. There was no one, only the streets that died out and the burned-out cars. & Nbsp;
The next day, January 9, I packed my bags, and since there was no transport, I asked a friend to take us. Smashed shop windows and ATMs were visible in the city, but the cars had already been completely removed, and people began to leave.
There was a cordon at the airport: first, the Kazakh military were standing, checking documents, there was a queue on the street. And already at the airport, our Russian military were. Registration took place in a manual format: each was recorded with passport data. I was with a child.
In my opinion, everything is very careful and effective. Our servicemen walked around, said that they would take everyone away, there would be enough planes, and they apologized that everything had been going on for so long. Local representatives of the international airport of Kazakhstan provided us with free water, food, hot tea. Then, as the planes filled up, we were sent to Moscow, to the Chkalovsky airfield. There they took someone to a taxi, someone to the nearest metro. We were accompanied, and there was no feeling that they had put us in jail and abandoned. And I already got to Ufa on my own.
The very experience of such a flight is specific: it is cool inside the plane, it is uncomfortable to sit there, because it is tough. We flew for 5.5 hours, got tired.
So far, I am also in a kind of prostration, because I love my homeland. It is very sad, woeful because of what was happening there. Why this happened, I still cannot understand for myself, probably for something it is needed. I am very glad that at one time I decided to live in Russia: according to my feelings, the atmosphere there is very tense, chaotic. I was uncomfortable even in my own city. And now I returned home & mdash; and so calmly. & nbsp;
And about the attitude towards Russian speakers … There has always been nationalism. I was born in Kazakhstan, and my mother took me to Russia, probably at the age of three. I don't speak Kazakh. And when they ask me what nationality I am, I say that I am Kazakh. They start to speak Kazakh, and I answer that I do not understand them. In response I hear: & quot; How is it, Kazakh, but you don't speak Kazakh! & Ldquo;
But in general, I think they treat Russian-speakers well, at least my surroundings: they are very intelligent and hospitable to all nationalities, including Russians.