The planes of the Aerospace Forces (VKS) of Russia took out 1,719 Russians and foreigners from Kazakhstan. On Tuesday, January 11, TASS reports with reference to the Ministry of Defense.
“In total, 1719 Russian and foreign citizens were delivered from the Republic of Kazakhstan to Russia by military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces,” the ministry said in a statement.
On January 8, in the capital of the republic, Nur-Sultan, a crisis headquarters was opened to evacuate Russian citizens who are stuck in Kazakhstan due to the riots and want to leave for their homeland. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that they had registered 1,600 Russians who wished to return from Kazakhstan.
The protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 due to the rapid rise in gas prices for cars from 60 to 120 tenge (from 10 to 20 rubles) per liter. Soon economic demands were replaced by political ones: the resignation of the government, the holding of new elections, consideration of the issue of lustration of people from the “clan” of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The protest that began peacefully escalated into the seizure of government buildings and looting, during the clashes between citizens and the police, dozens of people were killed and hundreds of people were injured. CSTO troops, including parts of the Russian army, went to the aid of the Kazakh forces.