Official who threatened to deprive Europe of oil was fired in Kazakhstan

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Vice Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Karagaev dismissed

Official who threatened to deprive Europe of oil was fired in Kazakhstan

Photo: Press Service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan, Vice Minister of Energy Zhumbay Karagaev has been dismissed. This was reported in the press service of the Prime Minister of the Republic.

“By the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Karagaev Zhumabay Gabbasovich was relieved of the post of Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” the message says. The reason for the dismissal was not specified.

Earlier, political scientist Yerbol Yedilov, citing his own sources, said that Karagaev was detained along with other persons “involved in the unjustified increase in prices for liquefied gas in the Mangistau region.”

In August 2021, the official threatened to deprive the European Union of Kazakh oil. According to him, if the EU introduces a carbon tax, the republic will redirect supplies to China and the countries of Southeast Asia.

At the beginning of 2022, gas engine fuel prices rose sharply in Kazakhstan. This caused mass protests in a number of regions of the country, including the Mangistau region. Gradually, socio-economic demands were replaced by political ones, including the withdrawal from politics of the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the rallies turned into riots.

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