Several relatives of Kazakhstan’s former president and leader of the country for almost 30 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, were removed from their positions of responsibility by order of the current head of state, Kasim Jomart Tokayev, as a result of the protests that led to unrest earlier in the month, which led to Thousands of prisoners and more than two hundred dead.
By order of President Tokayev, who announced institutional reforms to silence protesters’ demands, Nazarbayev’s nephew, Abish Samat Satybaldyuly, was removed from his post as first deputy chairman of the National Security Committee.
On January 8, Kazakhstan’s authorities arrested the former head of the National Security Committee, Karim Massimov, for an alleged crime of treason against the country, while days later other senior intelligence officials suffered the same fate. like Anwar Sadykulov and Daulet Yergozhin.
This Monday, Timur Kulibayev, one of former President Nazarbayev’s sons-in-law, also submitted his resignation as President of the Board of Directors of the National Chamber of Atameken s, the Russian agency TASS reports.
Last week, two more of Nazarbayev’s sons-in-law were added to that list of layoffs, Dimash Donasov, who served as general director of state-owned KazTransOil; and Kairat Sharipbayev, partner of another daughter of the historic Kazakh leader who chaired the national gas company QazaqGaz.
Kazakh authorities have recently indicated that the situation has stabilized, while arrests continue and international organizations question figures provided by the government on events in the first week of January, when thousands of people protested on the country’s main streets of the sudden increase in gas price.