The Anglo-American Nexus Meddling in Kazakhstan
George Soros and the National Endowment for Democracy. The NED, which was originally created as a “private” arm of the CIA, has been involved for decades in regime change operations throughout the world. In Kazakhstan, it has recently poured over $1 million/year into various activities. In 2020 alone, it funded some 20 programs, to the tune of $30,000 to $114,000 each, for projects that are on the NED website.
Among the activities listed: litigation to support activists facing repression; monitoring violations of the freedom of peaceful assembly; providing training and information programs on human rights; providing an “independent” source of national news and analysis on social media by pro-democracy personalities, etc. There is a focus on young people, including support for a multimedia website for youth in both Kazakh and Russian, as well as the professional development of young human rights activists.
Then, there’s the notorious George Soros Open Society Foundation. Although this website does not list all their programs, they spent almost four times more than the NED, $3.8 million, doing essentially the same thing in Kazakhstan in 2020.
Plotting a Revolution from Paris and London? Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former energy minister and banker who is wanted by Kazakh, Russian and Ukraine prosecutors for corruption and misappropriation of funds, has claimed leadership of the protests that led to the blody riots in Almaty and other Kazakhstan cities. On Jan. 7, Reuters ran an interview in which he explained, from his present abode in Paris, that he was being consulted daily on the tactics of the protests in Almaty.
Ablyakov is the leader of Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK), for which he has reportedly set up headquarters in Kiev. His legal problems stem from his diversion of $175 million, while he was head of Kazakhstan’s largest bank, Bank Turan Alem, money that ended up in his own businesses.
In 2009, to escape prosecution, he fled to Great Britain where he appealed for political asylum. While there, he reported to the U.S. embassy that he was seeking a regime change in Kazakhstan. Moreover, he was reportedly involved in shady dealings, which included the Royal Family’s own notorious Prince Andrew…
Why LPG Prices Suddenly Spiked. The “market reforms” demanded of the Kazakh government by the Western financial establishment (and mediated by Tony Blair, among others) contributed significantly to the recent protests. As a result of the reform completed on Jan. 1, almost all trade in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) began to be carried out through online trading platforms, with the exception of sales to industrial consumers in the petrochemical sector and a few other cases.
Within one day, the prices at gas stations had doubled in the western province of Mangistau, where the first riots took place. The government estimates that 70-90 percent of vehicles in the region run on LPG. Until then, the government had set the price, which was reportedly below the cost of production. After the riots broke out, the electronic trading was suspended and prices have been reduced to appease the population, while a new pricing policy is worked out.