Radio Azatek, the Kazakh branch of Radio Free Europe, reported on Wednesday that a couple from the northern Kazakhstan city of Petropavlovsk have been sentenced to five years in prison for inciting social media to join their region of origin in Russia. Kazakhstan, which until recently was one of Russia’s most important allies, aroused increasing anger in the Kremlin, as expressed by former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who threatened … military intervention in that country.
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Separatist slogans were distributed in December 2021. Radio Azatek reported that a court in Petropavlovsk handed down its verdict at the end of May, more than three months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Medvedev threatens Kazakhstan
And on Monday evening, former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called in his social media Kazakhstan The “artificial state” and the “former Russian lands”. “There will be no order until the Russians (again) come there” – such a threat appeared in a politician’s social media post. Later, Medvedev deleted his commentsExplaining that his accounts were attacked by hackers.
The province of North Kazakhstan, with its capital Petropavlovskas well as several other provinces in the north of the country, are areas characterized by outnumber ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking population. According to 2019 data, Russians made up about 50 percent. The population of the North Kazakhstan region, while the Kazakhs are only 35 percent.
Until recently, relations flourished, but now they are moving away from Putin
Although Kazakhstan is one of Russia’s closest allies and a member of the main pro-Russian integration structures – the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (ODKB) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – its authorities have distanced themselves from Moscow’s policy since Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine from Before Vladimir Putin’s regime.
A clear position of the President of Kazakhstan on Ukraine. Hand them over to Putin
– We will not recognize the independence of such semi-states as Lugansk and the Donetsk People’s Republic, as declared during the International Conference …
president Kasim Omart Tokayev announced that he does not intend to recognize the independence of the separatist republics of the Ukrainian Donbass.. The leader of Kazakhstan recalled the previous decisions of the authorities of that state, which did not recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as Kosovo.
He didn’t want a medal from a Russian criminal
In June, Tokayev refused to receive it from Putin Order of Alexander Nevsky – one of the highest Russian state decorations. In mid-July, the president ordered the government to create favorable conditions for foreign companies that withdrew from the Russian market to transfer their activities to Kazakhstan.
tvp.info portal, PAP
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