Egypt to receive 5 million shots of QazVac Covid-19 vaccine

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Egypt may soon receive five million doses of Kazakhstan’s QazVac Covid-19 vaccine, pending Egyptian Drug Authority approval. The announcement came during a meeting between Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and acting Minister of Health and Population, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and Kazakhstan’s ambassador Khairat Lama Sharif earlier this week. The pair met in Cairo to discuss cooperation on vaccines and broader medical matters, Arab News reported on Sunday. Abdel Ghaffar said that Egyptian authorities would soon begin the registration and approval process for the QazVac j… Continue reading “Egypt to receive 5 million shots of QazVac Covid-19 vaccine”

CSTO SecGen, peacekeepers’ commander mull deployment of peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan

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By Trend On January 9, 2022, the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas had a telephone conversation with the commander of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov, appointed by the decision of the CSTO Council of Defense Ministers, Trend reports citing CSTO press service. The progress of the deployment of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces on the territory of Kazakhstan was discussed, which were sent there in accordance with the Decision of the Collective Security Council of the situation, adopted on January 6, 2022 in order to… Continue reading “CSTO SecGen, peacekeepers’ commander mull deployment of peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan”

Pope calls for dialogue, justice to end unrest in Kazakhstan

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MILAN (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Sunday for dialogue and justice to put an end to violent unrest in Kazakhstan, adding he was saddened by news about deaths occurred in the country. “I have learned with sorrow that there have been victims during the protests that have broken out in recent days in Kazakhstan,” the pope told hundreds of people in St. Peter’s Square for his noon blessing and address. “I pray for them and for their families, and I hope that social harmony will be restored as soon as possible through the search for dialogue, justice and the common good,” the pope said. Kazak… Continue reading “Pope calls for dialogue, justice to end unrest in Kazakhstan”

Kazakhstan says ‘strategic facilities’ under guard after unrest

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ALMATY (Reuters) – A number of “strategic facilities” in Kazakhstan are under the guard of a Russia-led military alliance invited to restore order, the presidential office said on Sunday, amid the deadliest outbreak of violence in the country’s 30 years of independence. Dozens of people have been killed, thousands detained and public buildings have been torched across the Central Asia country in the past week, prompting President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to issue shoot-to-kill orders to end unrest he has blamed on what he terms bandits and terrorists. At Tokayev’s invitation, the Russia-led Colle… Continue reading “Kazakhstan says ‘strategic facilities’ under guard after unrest”

Kyrgyzstan sends note to Kazakhstan after detention of Kyrgyz jazz musician

In connection with the distribution in the media and social networks of a video about the detention of a Kyrgyz citizen, jazz musician for allegedly participating in the riots that took place in Kazakhstan, today, on January 9, 2022, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Kyrgyz Republic Rapil Zhoshybaev was invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan.

The press service of the ministry said that during the meeting, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Azizbek Madmarov handed Ambassador Zhoshybaev a note regarding the detention of citizen Vikram Ruzakhunov, with a call to provide consular access to the detained Ruzakhunov and to release him as soon as possible.

For his part, the Kazakh ambassador said that the concern of the Kyrgyz side would be promptly brought to the attention of the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and promised to provide more detailed information as soon as possible. He assured that in the current difficult situation, the competent authorities of Kazakhstan will conduct a thorough investigation to clarify all the circumstances and reasons for what happened.

In addition, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Nuran Niyazaliev, held telephone conversations with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Syzdykov and Ambassador of Kazakhstan Zhoshybayev, during which he expressed the extreme concern of the Kyrgyz side about the situation related to this citizen. Niyazaliev called on the Kazakh side to publish verified and reliable information on the participation of foreign citizens in the latest events in Kazakhstan. He also noted the need to timely inform the diplomatic missions of the country about the detention of citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic in accordance with the requirements of international and bilateral documents in the field of consular relations.

As part of the provision of consular and legal assistance to citizens of Kyrgyzstan abroad, the ministry is taking all measures to provide comprehensive assistance to every citizen of Kyrgyzstan located on the territory of Kazakhstan.

At the same time, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbaev maintains constant direct communication with the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and keeps under constant special control the issue of the stay of Kyrgyz citizens who live and carry out their labor activities in the territory of Kazakhstan, in particular in markets and other areas.

Vikram Ruzakhunov, the well-known jazz musician, was detained and accused of taking part in riots in Kazakhstan, he was often on tours in Almaty. He was invited for concerts in Almaty before New Year, flying to the neighboring republic on Jan. 2.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

CSTO peacekeepers to stay in Kazakhstan until situation stabilizes – commander

The CSTO peacekeepers will continue to fulfill their tasks in Kazakhstan until the situation in the country stabilizes fully, TASS reported citing Andrey Serdyukov, who leads the CSTO peacekeeping effort in Kazakhstan.

“Units of the Collective Peacekeeping Force will continue to execute their tasks until the situation in the country stabilizes fully,” Serdyukov said a briefing on Sunday.

CSTO peacekeepers are protecting the important military, state and social facilities in Almaty and adjacent areas, Andrey Serdyukov said.

“At the present, units of the peacekeeping forces are performing tasks to protect important military, state and socially essential facilities in the city of Almaty and adjacent areas,” Serdyukov continued.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstanis continue to help Kazakhstanis

The Mayor’s Office of Bishkek continues to support the citizens of Kazakhstan.

Eemployees of the capital’s mayor’s office met 247 people over the past day, of whom 195 citizens of Kazakhstan were able to immediately go to the border. The rest also go home in groups.

In addition, volunteers organize transportation for citizens of Kazakhstan arriving in Bishkek.

Note that guests have the opportunity to spend the night in hotels in Bishkek before leaving in the direction of the state border with Kazakhstan.

The Mayor’s Office of Bishkek, in constant coordination with the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the Kyrgyz Republic, continues to meet the citizens of Kazakhstan.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kyrgyzstanis protest over detention of Vikram Ruzakhunov in Kazakhstan

A protest action was held today in Bishkek, near the Kazakh embassy in support of Kyrgyz citizen Vikram Ruzakhunov, the well-known jazz musician, who was detained in Kazakhstan and accused of taking part in riots.

About 50 supporters, colleagues, friends and concerned citizens gathered near the embassy.

The participants asked the authorities of Kazakhstan to stop information manipulation, as well as to involve the Kyrgyz people in the internal affairs of the state. “Manipulation against Vikram Ruzakhunov is just the beginning. In his place may be any of the migrants, guests who have gone to see friends,” the protesters noted.

A friend of the detained Kyrgyzstani Denis Burlakov said that Vikram Ruzakhunov left for Kazakhstan on Jan. 2, 2022 to work under a contract in Almaty. “Later, as the situation in the neighboring country worsened, Vikram has stopped getting in touch. We are sure that he would not have taken part in the rally for $ 200, which he could easily earn at home,” he said.

In turn, singer Yulia Rutskaya indicated that she personally knew Vikram Ruzakhunov and knew him as a well-mannered and adequate person.

“He did not live in poverty. He has two personal cars in Bishkek, an apartment and a dacha. Why would he go to Almaty because of 90 thousand tenge? On the video distributed by the Kazakh media, it is obvious that he is beaten and can barely speak,” the singer said.

The participants prepared a letter with a request to return the musician to his homeland and stop information manipulation.

Head of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan Kamchybek Tashiev, who also came to the rally, said that Kyrgyz jazzman Vikram Ruzakhunov is not a terrorist, as presented by the Kazakh media.

“He is a respectable person and he is not a terrorist. We were touched by what the mass media of Kazakhstan write. We sent all the necessary information there. He just might have been at the wrong time and in the wrong place. The information of the state TV channels of Kazakhstan is incorrect. Neighbors need to change the rhetoric of the investigation. It is wrong to accuse our citizens of terrorism,” Tashiev said.

Earlier the media of Kazakhstan showed a video footage in which the detainee claims that he flew from Kyrgyzstan to participate in the riots saying that unknown people offered him to participate in the riots for 90 thousand tenge. The detainee said that on January 2 he was already in Almaty, after he was taken to an apartment, where there were also citizens of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan (about ten people).

Kyrgyzstanis recognized the man in the video; he turned out to be a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic, Vikram Ruzakhunov. He is a pianist, arranger and executive director of the Jazz Bishkek Spring Festival.

Vicram Ruzakhunov, the well-known jazz musician, was detained and accused of taking part in riots in Kazakhstan,. He was invited for concerts in Almaty before New Year, flying to the neighboring republic on January 2.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, with reference to the relatives of the musician, reported that he was often on tours in Almaty and on the eve of the new year was invited there to hold concert programs.

“Vikram Ruzakhunov has no relatives in Kazakhstan and traveled only by invitation to hold concert programs, as well as to participate in music festivals in Kazakhstan and the CIS countries,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs said assuring that appropriate measures are being taken to clarify all the circumstances of the arrest of this citizen.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency