Looting in Kazakhstan organized by authorities

Citing own sources in the Russian FSB, the Russian initiative reported that in Kazakhstan security forces used prisoners to discredit the protest and obtain grounds for the entry of Russian troops.

“From the very beginning, the special services of Russia and Kazakhstan planned to implement a hybrid scenario of a soft takeover of Kazakhstan by Russia under the pretext of ‘allied assistance,'” the report said.

According to the report, as soon as “the protest reached a dominant level in relation to the security forces, prisoners from Kazakh jails were involved. They had been released for the purpose of organizing pogroms and looting. At the same time, some of them had already been eliminated by the security forces.

“But they fulfilled their task perfectly: there are a lot of documented facts of looting, there is evidence of attacks on law enforcement agencies, there are facts of brutal reprisals against law enforcement officers, there are corpses with severed heads and video for the archive with the process of severing. This gives the necessary justification for sending in external forces, it demoralizes ordinary protesters, it turns a political protest into a palatable form of pogroms, it shows the security forces that the beast is against them, it blocks the social empathy of undecided Kazakhs to the process of protest,” says the letter published on

The Collective Security Treaty Organization recently announced the beginning of a “peacekeeping mission” in Kazakhstan. The military will help the head of state, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, to fight the mass protests which began on January 2.

The “peacekeepers” included fighters of Russian airborne troops, as well as soldiers from Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.