Political Crisis in Kazakhstan

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Political Crisis in Kazakhstan
// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2022. No I (LIV). P. 56-67

DOI: 10.20542/2073-4786-2022-1-56-67

Abstract. The tragic events in Kazakhstan in early January 2022, when protests against the increase in prices for automobile gas led to mass riots and the loss of control by the authorities over the largest city of Almaty, became the most serious test for the republic in all 30 years of independence. Against the background of the events in the republic, serious personnel changes have taken place. The current president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in the conditions of a serious crisis, took over all the remaining posts in the leadership of the country from his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, and also began the process of ousting the clan of the first president from the power structures. Thus, the transit of power in Kazakhstan, launched in 2019, has ended and a new vertical of power and state ideology are currently being formed. The inclusion of the CSTO mission at the request of President Tokayev made it possible to contribute to the stabilization of the situation in the republic in a short time, as well as to receive international support from his closest allies. In the near future, the new government will have to not only quickly form a new management vertical with new priorities, but also respond to a whole range of socio-economic problems that have become one of the key causes of the crisis. The next two years until 2024, when the presidential elections will be held, will be a serious test both for the new management team and for Kazakhstan as a whole.

Keywords: Kazakhstan, protests, CSTO, transit of power


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For citation:
Pritchin S. Political Crisis in Kazakhstan. Russia and New States of Eurasia, 2022, No I (LIV), pp. 56-67. https://doi.org/10.20542/2073-4786-2022-1-56-67



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