The Kazakh army confirmed on Friday that more than 2,100 people have been arrested in the past 24 hours as part of the protests in the city of Almaty.
“A total of 2,159 participants in illegal activities, looting and other crimes were arrested. 67 firearms and 3,112 ammunition were confiscated, ”the company said in a statement.
In the course of the day, the Kazakh President Kasim Jomart Tokayev ordered the lifting of the state of emergency in the regions of East Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Turkestan and Shimkent, according to information from the daily “Kazakhstanskaya Pravda”.
The authorities have thus confirmed that the state of emergency imposed on January 5 due to the strong wave of protests was suspended with effect from 6:00 p.m.
The peace contingent troops of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) are also leaving the country as planned. Troops from Russia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have until January 19 to leave the country.
The Armenian and Tajik armed forces traveled to Almaty Airport in Russian armed forces vehicles and began withdrawing a day after the Russian-dispatched troops began.
Meanwhile, according to information from the TASS news agency, the Kyrgyz troops have been relocated to the border area in order to leave the country by land. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed on Thursday that the troops had “successfully completed their mission” and that “it is time to go home”.
On the same Friday, the former Justice Minister Marat Beketayev was appointed advisor to Prime Minister Aliyan Smailov, according to the newspaper “Vlast”.
Beketayev, who has headed the Justice Ministry since 2016, will not be part of the new Kazakh government, which was formed following the resignation of the previous executive shortly after the protests erupted, which left more than 160 dead and several missing.
Authorities are currently looking for seven people who have been missing since the protests began. “Since January 4th, 22 people have been officially reported missing. They were officially reported to the police. 15 of them were found. The whereabouts of the remaining seven are currently being determined, ”said Almaty police.