Russian business has taken root very strongly in the country, – an activist from Kazakhstan about the circumvention of sanctions
Kazakhstan is accused of helping Russia bypass Western sanctions. The Russians have long lost their roots in the business of Kazakhstan. But if the country's authorities continue to contribute to the Kremlin's regime, then the state will face serious threats.
A public figure and journalist from Kazakhstan, Arman Shuraev, told Channel 24 about this. According to him, Kazakhstan may subsequently be subject to the same sanctions as the aggressor country.
“I won’t be surprised if our country is completely under the same sanctions as Russia. If our leadership continues to show its softness towards Putin, then there is a very serious threat. I would not want to be on the side of evil,” he said.
Kazakhstan under Russian influence
Shuraev noted that after 30 years , Russian business has seriously taken root in Kazakhstan , especially in the last 10 years. Since the Kazakhs have more democratic and liberal tax laws, many Russians have moved their head offices to Kazakhstan.
Now we have become hostages of the situation. Our railway, except for rails, is almost entirely owned by Russian businessmen. A lot of uranium deposits belong to Rosatom, which were transferred to Russia through corruption and other schemes,” the journalist explained.
The public activist emphasized that the penetration of Russian business and the FSB into Kazakhstan is very high. therefore, it is increasingly difficult for management to deal with it.
He recalled the recent visit of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Kazakhstan. According to Arman Shuraev, this indicates that the Americans are well aware of the situation in Kazakhstan .
“Americans know that there are latent assistants to the Putin regime and Russian business interests in Kazakhstan. I think that there was a very tough conversation, because even the Prime Minister gave a very tough instruction to control everything related to exports to Russia,” the activist said.
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Relations between Kazakhstan and Russia: what is known
- In June 2022, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said live on a Russian propaganda TV channel that Kazakhstan would not assist Russia in circumventing sanctions. In addition, he was indignant at the fact that some Russian politicians are conducting aggressive rhetoric against Kazakhstan.
- Also at the international economic forum in St. Petersburg, on the same stage with Putin, Tokayev said that Kazakhstan would not recognize “quasi-state formations” in the Donbass.
- Kazakhstan closed the trade representation in Russia. Last year's government decree on this came into force from the moment of publication.