Kazakhstan labels land protests as coup d’etat attempt

By bne IntelliNews May 30, 2016

The Prosecutor-General’s Office in Kazakhstan issued statements on May 27 labelling land protests in the country on May 21 as an attempted coup d’etat and warned citizens against spreading false information.

Kazakhstan has seen an unprecedented wave of protests provoked by recent amendments to the Land Code that many fear will encourage Chinese expansion into Kazakhstan and even the eventual loss of land to China. Though President Nursultan Nazarbayev has moved to defuse opposition by postponing the controversial provisions of the latest land reforms, a nationwide day of protested was called on May 21, when the police resorted to heavy-handed tactics arresting over 1,000 of people throughout the country.

The official statements on an attempted coup d’etat come after state-run TV channels, in particular Channel One Eurasia that is a joint venture between the Kazakh and Russian state-run broadcasting companies, had repeatedly tried to paint the protests as an attempt to overthrow the government in Kazakhstan.

The prosecutor-general had twice warned the population against taking part in unauthorised rallies, the statements read. “Despite this, certain individuals tried to ignore legislation on rallies and provoke people to take part in illegal [protest] actions”. “Their ultimate aim was not peaceful rallies and changes to the Land Code but destabilisation of the public and political situation, incitement of interethnic hatred and seizure of power,” the statement says.

“They knew very well that large-scale disorder may lead to pogroms, violence, looting and human casualties,” the Prosecutor-General’s Office said drawing parallels with Lybia, Syria and Ukraine. “Law-enforcement agencies are investigating a number of criminal cases now.”

Fifty-one people were charged with administrative offences, including four were arrested for administrative offences and 12 were fined.

Related Articles

Kazakh Kazkommertsbank confirms talks on deal with Halyk Bank

Kazakhstan’s largest bank Kazkommertsbank (KKB), recently rebranded as Qazkom, has entered preliminary negotiations for an unspecified “deal” with Halyk Bank, KKB said in ... more

Russia invites Trump aides to Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan

Russia has invited incoming U.S. President Donald Trump to send aides to the planned Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, Bloomberg reported on January ... more

Narrower gauge of Kazakh GDP at 0.8% for 2016

Kazakhstan's short-term economic indicator, a narrower gauge of annual GDP growth, edged up 0.8% in 2016, data from the State Statistics Committee showed. ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss