Armed people blocked the entrance to Alma-Ata with fires and barrels

The entrance to the largest city of Kazakhstan is now extremely difficult: the roads are blocked by fires and barrels. Lines of cars at the gas station in the suburbs

The entrances to Alma-Ata are blocked by fires and barrels, it is extremely difficult to get into the city, the RBC correspondent reports. At one of the entrances, armed men in balaclavas did not allow the reporter's car to pass.

In the suburbs of the largest city of Kazakhstan, queues of cars accumulate at gas stations. One of these gas stations was destroyed, gasoline from the storage is poured directly into the cans. There are also long queues at the ATMs.

At the entrance to the city and at a short distance from the center, the RBC correspondent did not see a single representative of the law enforcement forces, but armed people in balaclavas were noticed. There is still no mobile Internet in the city, cellular communication works in fits and starts, television channels & mdash; through one. The few interlocutors of the RBC correspondent are very wary, they call the armed people and those who participated in the pogroms bandits.

Alma-Ata became the center of street riots that engulfed a number of large cities in Kazakhstan. On the night of January 6, according to local police, rioters tried to seize several administrative buildings. As a result, dozens of people were “ eliminated, '' police said. There are also victims among law enforcement officers: 13 people died, and two were found with their heads cut off. More than 350 security officials were injured.

The protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 amid a sharp rise in prices for liquefied petroleum gas – the main type of automotive fuel in Kazakhstan. Despite promises by the authorities to introduce state regulation on fuel and keep prices down, and after the government resigned, the protests escalated into riots. On January 5, rioters broke into the Almaty administration building. A fire broke out in it and in the building of the office of the Prosecutor General's Office. Then they attacked the police departments and the National Security Committee. The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, introduced a state of emergency throughout the country until January 19 and turned to the Collective Security Treaty Organization for help (it includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). On January 6, the CSTO sent a military contingent to Kazakhstan, and airborne units from Russia went to the country. The purpose of the contingent & mdash; protection of military and state facilities.

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Shooting began on Republic Square in Almaty

According to eyewitnesses, the security forces began to clean up the area. Explosions and shots are heard, some report wounded

In the area of ​​the Republic Square in Alma-Ata, shooting began and explosions are heard, the TASS correspondent reports.

According to the agency, the military on loudspeakers demand to leave the square, warning that they will open fire.

“ Sputnik Kazakhstan '' reports that the security forces began to clean up the territory of the square. “ Groups of five or six people flee from the side of Republic Square. Some are injured & raquo;, & mdash; the publication says.

According to Interfax; citing eyewitnesses, five military KamAZ vehicles drove to Republic Square in Alma-Ata. The shooting continues, shots of automatic weapons are heard.

In Kazakhstan, on January 2, due to a sharp rise in gas prices, mass protests began, after a few days they turned into riots. In several cities of the country, including Alma-Ata, riot participants clashed with security officials.

Against the background of the unrest, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev introduced a state of emergency in the country and announced about the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation. According to him, terrorist gangs trained abroad are behind the riots.

According to police, 13 security officials were killed during the riots, two of them were found with their heads cut off. In total, more than 1,000 people were injured in Kazakhstan as a result of the riots, almost 400 of them were hospitalized and transferred to the Ministry of Health.

In Almaty, according to the police, more than 2,000 riot participants were detained.

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Aeroflot stops selling tickets to Kazakhstan for the next two weeks

Aeroflot cancels upcoming flights and suspends ticket sales to Kazakhstan. A state of emergency has been introduced in the country until January 19


The embassy of Kazakhstan denied reports of a ban on entry into the country

The embassy of Kazakhstan denied messages about the ban for foreigners to enter the country The embassy of Kazakhstan called the information that Nur-Sultan suspended the entry of foreign citizens into the country due to the introduction of the state of emergency

one of the streets in Nur-Sultan

Information that Kazakhstan has suspended the entry of foreigners into the country due to the declared state of emergency is not true. RBC was informed about this in the Kazakh embassy in Tashkent.

“ This is fake, the embassy did not report anything like that, '' & mdash; a representative of the diplomatic mission assured.

Earlier, RIA Novosti; citing a representative of the Kazakh embassy in Tashkent, she said that Nur-Sultan temporarily banned foreigners from entering the country due to the announced state of emergency. Then the interlocutor of the agency assured that foreign citizens will not be able to get into the country by plane or any other transport, as well as on foot.

Komsomolskaya Pravda citing local residents, she also reported on January 6 that the bus service with Kazakhstan had been suspended. The travel agency that organizes tours to Nur-Sultan told the newspaper about the suspension of work due to the closure of the automobile border with Kazakhstan.

Nevertheless, the border department of the FSB of Russia in the Chelyabinsk region assured RBC that the border between Russia and Kazakhstan at the checkpoint in the region is operating normally.

In Kazakhstan, on January 2, due to a sharp increase in gas prices, mass protests began, and a few days later they escalated into riots. In several cities of the country, including in Alma-Ata, riot participants clashed with security officials.

The day before, on January 5, rioters broke into the Almaty administration building. A fire broke out in it and in the building of the office of the Prosecutor General's Office. Then they attacked the police departments and the National Security Committee, and also seized the airport.

Against this background, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev introduced a state of emergency in the country and announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation. According to him, foreign-trained 'terrorist gangs' are behind the riots.

According to police, 13 law enforcement officers were killed during the riots, two of them were found with their heads cut off. In total, more than 1,000 people were injured in Kazakhstan as a result of the riots, of which almost 400 were hospitalized, the Ministry of Health added.

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Lukashenko announced an attempt to prevent the arrival of CSTO forces in Kazakhstan

Photo: Website of the President of Belarus

” Terrorists “in Kazakhstan tried to take the airport of the country's capital, Nur-Sultan. Similar actions were taken at the Alma-Ata airport.

According to President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, this was done in order to prevent the transfer of CSTO forces to the country. According to him, the militants wanted to take control of these objects so that “it was impossible to land there.” But the airport in Nur-Sultan was not captured, Lukashenko noted.

At the meeting, the President of Belarus also spoke about his night talks on the situation in Kazakhstan and the decision to bring peacekeeping forces into this country.

He claims that the riots were planned in advance. “Yesterday all night there were consultations, in this regard they monitored the situation with Putin in Kazakhstan, they talked several times,” he said.

As a result, a peacekeeping company of the Belarusian army will be sent to Kazakhstan. This will be done within the framework of the CSTO assistance. Kazakhstan, according to him, cannot be given away.

Lukashenko also said that he had warned everyone about the upcoming events. “This is not even the middle. We do not know what awaits us, but we must be ready for anything,” the Belarusian leader added. A video with his statement appeared on the Pul Pervyi Telegram channel.

Read the online broadcast of the unrest in Kazakhstan on the MK website



Zakharova commented on the “second Afghanistan” in Kazakhstan: “Shameless”


the situation in Kazakhstan. Thus, in a number of media outlets and on social networks, opinions are published according to which “ the introduction of Russian troops into Kazakhstan '' will turn out to be a 'second Afghanistan' for Moscow.

'They forgot, shameless, that the' second Afghanistan ' they already called Syria, '' Zakharova said in her Telegram channel.

She suggested that political opponents “ better remember the Capitol, '' which the Americans tried to storm at the beginning of last year due to disagreement with the presidential election results. Zakharova suggested that this recollection “ would be unpleasant for the liberals, '' since then “ the American government brutally suppressed '' protest.

In addition, the representative of the Foreign Ministry recalled, the Russian military was sent to Kazakhstan as part of the CSTO mission, which had previously decided to provide assistance to the Kazakh authorities in connection with the riots.

& quot; The decision was made collectively, – Zakharova emphasized, – in response to a request from the legitimate authorities of Kazakhstan. ”



The EU assessed the CSTO operation in Kazakhstan


Representative of the press service of the European Commission Nabila Massrali answered” “when asked about the EU's reaction to the shipment CSTO peacekeepers to Kazakhstan.

Massrali said that the European Union took into account President Tokayev's request to send CSTO forces to the country.

On January 5, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev asked the CSTO to send a military contingent to Kazakhstan for suppression of riots that have arisen against the background of protests. Also, the head of the republic introduced a state of emergency until January 19.



Shoigu held talks with the head of the Pentagon

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held telephone talks with the head of the US Pentagon Lloyd Austin. As noted in the Russian department, the parties discussed security issues that are of “mutual interest.” It is not reported what topics the ministers touched upon.

Earlier, the representative of the press service of the European Commission Nabila Massrali spoke about the EU's reaction to the dispatch of CSTO peacekeepers to Kazakhstan. Massrali said that the European Union took into account President Tokayev's request to send CSTO forces to the country.

On January 5, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev asked the CSTO to send a military contingent to the country to quell the riots that arose amid the protests. Also, the head of the republic introduced a state of emergency until January 19.



FT: the US missed the opportunity to influence the Ukrainian crisis


The Financial Times writes that the United States has lost the initiative in the Ukrainian crisis. Now, according to the experts of the publication, the word is for Russia.

Political scientist Harlan Ullman calls a military clash between Moscow and Kiev impossible. He points out that Russia is focused on security issues.

The expert points out that Vladimir Putin is interested in resolving claims to NATO related to the expansion of the alliance to the east. Ulman writes that it is a security treaty that can be the key to defusing tensions.



“CSTO forces in Kazakhstan have the right to open fire”

A military expert commented on the sending of peacekeepers to the rebellious republic

Riots continue in Kazakhstan – over three hundred people have suffered and 13 security officials have been killed, the center of Almaty has been destroyed. Representatives of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO, including Russian paratroopers, flew to the republic at the request of President Tokayev. A military expert, editor-in-chief of the National Defense publication Igor Korotchenko spoke about this unprecedented peacekeeping operation.

Sending Russian CSTO forces to Kazakhstan. Source: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

To stabilize the situation in Kazakhstan, the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will be involved. This decision was made by the leadership of the member countries of the organization, whose members are Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

“This is the first and, perhaps, the only case of such use of the mandate of the CSTO forces,” said Igor Korotchenko, “Since what Kazakhstan is facing is an unprecedented threat to the sovereignty and security of a CSTO member country. In this capacity, the CSTO mandate is being used here for the first time since the organization's existence.

The adoption of such a decision was obviously preceded by closed consultations. But it was approved by the leaders of the CSTO member states quickly enough and is now underway.

– It turns out that earlier in similar cases these forces were not used?

– There were simply no similar cases.

– But what about the recent situation in Belarus?

– The situation in Belarus was more localized, and there Minsk was able to cope on its own. In Kazakhstan, there is a much larger attempted coup d'etat.

– The CSTO Charter provides for the protection of the member states of this organization from an external enemy. And here, at first glance, there are internal events caused by the rise in prices for gasoline, liquefied gas …

– In fact, at the same time, well-organized riots that flared up in different parts of the country simultaneously cannot be accidental. This suggests that outside forces are behind the events.

The President of Kazakhstan said that in fact there is a battle with illegal armed groups. An attempt was made to seize the international airport in Almaty. Moreover, it turned out to be successful on the part of destructive elements. A number of government buildings were captured. In this case, we can already say that the shock troops of the militants were trained. Therefore, in this case, the events were qualified as external aggression, as stated by the President of Kazakhstan at a meeting with the participation of security officials. And the mandate of the CSTO provides for assistance in the event of external aggression and terrorist attacks. So there are no differences with the CSTO charter.

– What tasks will the CSTO forces perform in Kazakhstan first of all?

– The main task is to stabilize the situation. The very fact of the introduction of the CSTO forces will allow Kazakhstani colleagues to independently and quickly take a number of necessary measures. The provision of such military assistance will give confidence to the Kazakh leadership and, we hope, will help stabilize the situation in the country.

– What does “the very fact of commissioning” mean? Will the CRRF forces come there, will they just stand there, not participating in anything?

– So far we do not know exactly how everything will be carried out, if only because this is the first case of the use of such forces. Well, I repeat: their main task is to stabilize the situation, as well as to protect the country's most important facilities.

– It is already known that Russian paratroopers from the 76th Airborne Division, a company of the 45th Airborne Special Forces Brigade, and the soldiers of the 2nd and 24th Special Forces Brigades of the Central Military District are also in a state of high alert. In Kubinka and Chkalovsky, air groups are formed from cargo and passenger aircraft, ready to deliver special forces to Kazakhstan. What weapons can these special forces units take with them? What weapons can they use?

– This will be the standard armament of airborne troops and special forces, including airborne combat vehicles and armored vehicles. There might even be some kind of helicopter support force. We cannot exclude the use, if necessary, of the aviation component. But, I repeat, as long as we are not talking about participation directly in hostilities. Still, relying on the very fact of providing military assistance, the leadership of Kazakhstan will certainly be able to independently make all the necessary decisions and carry out disarmament, blocking and, if necessary, destruction of these illegal armed groups.

– That is, you think that Will the CSTO forces have to shoot?

– We must be ready for any scenario of the development of the situation. If necessary, the standard set of weapons of the CRRF forces also allows the use of firepower. But I think that the Kazakh security forces are still able to cope with the situation on their own. Our task is to be present and, if necessary, provide assistance.

– You say that the Kazakhstani security forces will cope on their own. But before that, they did not cope, allowing the creation of such a number of armed bandit formations in their country. That is, the operational and intelligence work was unsatisfactory if the scale of the preparation of such events was unexpected for them?

– The fact that in the current situation the President of Kazakhstan Tokayev took over the functions of the chairman of the country's Security Council, which was previously performed by Nursultan Nazarbayev, and also changed the leadership of the National Security Committee – this is absolutely logical and the only correct decision in the situation faced by the republic .

REFERENCE “MK”: The CSTO is a military-political union of several Eurasian states (at different times there were from 6 to 9) in the post-Soviet space, created in May 1992. From the very beginning, the CSTO was not officially considered by its members as a single military bloc, although in 2009 the Collective Rapid Reaction Force was created in the CSTO. The current composition of the CSTO member countries: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Belarus. Observer State: Serbia. The states that have suspended membership in the CSTO: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan.

Read our online broadcast “Riots and Protests in Kazakhstan.”

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“This is a natural occupation”: the Kazakh diaspora opposed Russia’s intervention

There are concerns about the “Russian factor”

The people of Kazakhstan do not need military intervention by Russia, Polat Jamalov, president of the Moscow Kazakh Diaspora Foundation, said on the air of the Moscow Says radio. He noted that only Tokayev expects military assistance from Russia. He promised that the Kazakhs “will rise to defend the country” if a foreign armed contingent appears.

Photo: Still from video < p>“This is a natural occupation. If they give it the character that they appeared, ostensibly defending the Russians, it will be a nightmare, ”Jamalov stressed. In his opinion, Russians do not need such a “Russian world” in Kazakhstan. And the Kazakhs themselves will perceive military intervention as aggression.

At the same time, Jamalov for some reason sees the “hand of Moscow” in looting and destruction of buildings. “These are all prompts from all sides, including from Moscow. I have no doubt about that, ”he says. The head of the diaspora noted that in Kazakhstan the interests of several parties collided – Russia, the USA, Turkey and China. All this is geopolitics, he is convinced.

Meanwhile, the international community condemned the acts of violence and vandalism in Kazakhstan carried out by protesters who illegally seized weapons and engaged in looting. Russia's efforts to help the Kazakh authorities stabilize the situation are exclusively of a peacekeeping nature. And, apparently, the protest that gripped the republic came as a surprise to the Russian authorities. Kazakh nationalists, on the other hand, take advantage of the current situation to play on the basest feelings of the crowd.

Earlier it was decided to send the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO to Kazakhstan. It included formations from the Russian Federation, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The introduction of peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan is fully consistent with the CSTO charter, it took place as a result of the appeal of the legitimate President of Kazakhstan Tokayev. The rioters destroyed the center of Almaty, ransacked shops, burned down the buildings of the akimat and television companies, and killed 13 security officials.



For the first time, the Ministry of Defense spoke about an important Russian facility on the territory of Kazakhstan

Almost all of our missile systems have been tested at the Sary-Shagan test site

Events in Kazakhstan made people worry about Russian facilities located in this country since Soviet times. Almost everyone knows about the Baikonur cosmodrome, which Russia leases from Kazakhstan for a lot of money, but much less is known about the Sary-Shagan rocket range. Meanwhile, it plays an important role in Russian military programs.

Source: RF Ministry of Defense website

In recent decades, Sary-Shagan has participated in test launches and pilotages of missiles and missile systems such as Bulava and Topol, Yars, Rubezh and Avangard, as well as new warheads for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs ). Experiments on the subject of laser and anti-satellite weapons were and are being carried out right there.

The Sary-Shagan test site was created in the late 1950s to study the flight parameters of ballistic missiles and warheads at the final stage of the trajectory. What tasks the 10th test site is solving today is described in an article published in the latest issue of the Russian Defense Ministry's publication “Army Collection”.

The main criteria for choosing a landfill were sparsely populated flat, treeless terrain, a large number of cloudless days, and the absence of valuable farmland. On this basis, a part of the territory of the Karaganda and Dzhambul regions was selected to the west of Lake Balkhash within the eastern and central parts of the Betpak-Dala desert (Hungry Steppe). The landfill occupies an area equal to Belgium – 100 thousand square meters. km.

This is a stony, barren and waterless desert that stretches from Lake Balkhash to the Sary-Su River, from the village of Mointy to Myn-Aral. It stretches over 250 km from north to south, 600 km from west to east.

Almost all domestic anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as combat lasers, have been tested in Sary-Shagan. On March 4, 1961, for the first time in world practice, a V-1000 anti-missile missile launched from a range hit the warhead of a long-range ballistic missile.

In 2019, the landfill was equipped with a new video surveillance system. It allows you to remotely monitor the pre-launching of anti-missile missiles, track the fall of missile warheads at the final stage of their flight. The polygon measuring complex includes stations for optical, telemetric, radar and signal measurements. They are located along the flight path of products at measuring sites. These are, in particular, the optical-electronic stations “Veresk-R”, “Frequency”, “Beret-M”, the experimental range radar station “Neman-PM”.

Today, methods of computer simulation of missile flight are effectively used and warheads. This makes it possible to significantly reduce the number of real starts. One of the main tasks is to work out methods of hitting hypersonic ballistic targets.

The loss of such a test site in the event of a political reorientation of Kazakhstan could become a big problem for Russia. Of course, over time it would be possible to create something similar in our country, but this would take too much time and billions of dollars.

In Kazakhstan, the increase in fuel prices provoked riots: shots of pogroms

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The criminal “hero” of Kazakhstan Arman Dikiy appeals to the protesters

And he condemned the violence in the streets

The famous Kazakh crime boss Arman Dikiy stated on Instagram that the protests in the country are not peaceful, he sees violence as provocations. “How many Kazakhs die because of those who rush after the DCK and Ablyazov ?! You can't even put forward your demands. Stop it, ”said Arman Dikiy to the residents of the country. At the same time, in the video, his clothes are stained with something red – apparently, the crime boss suffered during one of these protests.

Photo: Social networks

Arman Dikiy himself is widely known among the people as “looking after Kazakhstan”. In 2005, he, together with his people, dispersed the conference of the opposition movement “For a Fair Kazakhstan!”, Literally driving the elder under the table. At the same time, he rejected the institution of thieves in law and called himself a “batyr”. In those days, until he got involved in crime, he was engaged in boxing and participated in tournaments, he won several times.

Now Arman Dikiy noted that he was ready to give his life for the Kazakh people. “Let's keep our unity. Those who provoke people are enemies of the Kazakh people, ”the authority said. According to Arman, the protesters have not formulated their demands for the authorities. He stressed that among the protesters there are provocateurs who “distribute vodka and drugs”, and some are armed with grenades and firearms. “Are these rallies? This is chaos, anarchy! ” – stressed Arman.

Meanwhile, the situation in the country is deteriorating. The CSTO decided to send a peacekeeping contingent to the country.



“I’m going into some hole”: the military’s wife described everyday difficulties

Elena got married out of great love and together with her husband went through the collapse of the USSR

Service in the army at all times was a difficult craft. Here you have hardships, hardships, and “nomadic” life in the garrisons. Wherever the Motherland sends, there you will go and repay your debt. And she, of course, can send to the most unexpected places. The second half has no choice but to simply follow her husband. Such a share. The wife of a retired midshipman told what it is like to be the wife of a military man.

Photo: Press Service of the Ministry of Defense

Not everyone becomes generals

Only in my memory the attitude towards the servicemen of the Soviet (Russian) army in society changed three times. I remember the 80s, when “mowing” was considered shameful, and the boys left to serve, so that later, in the company of friends, proudly talk about their experiences. Those who nevertheless somehow avoided the “deadline” were contemptuously said: “What a man he is.”

Girls, too, did not particularly like such gentlemen. Cadets and officers were generally a special stratum of society. And honor to you, and respect, and prosperity. So everyone's relatives – from loved ones, to the seventh water on jelly – were filled with pride.

Then came the 90s – the collapse of the Union and with it the valiant Soviet army. Substitution of values ​​and concepts, decline in morality. Life on coupons and delayed wages. So, of course, the whole country lived, not only the military. But the tram driver is not required, if necessary, to give his life for a peaceful sky over the heads of others. And the soldier is obliged. He took the oath. So we gradually came to the conclusion that there were fewer and fewer people willing to serve.

At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, a new stage began, which led to a radical change in the appearance of the Russian army. Today our Armed Forces have become the legal successor of the valiant Soviet army, the pride and support of the country.

Servicemen who have gone through all these hardships and have not changed the chosen path of life evoke the deepest sense of respect. As well as their companions, whose everyday feat almost always remains in the shadows. After all, the wife of a military man is not just a spouse. She is both a fighting friend and a reliable rear. Largely due to their dedication, generals are made from lieutenants. Still, they remember the catch phrase from the movie “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears”: “To become a general, you have to marry a lieutenant, and wander around the garrisons with him for twenty years.”

Of course, not all become generals , but the opportunity to experience the delights of garrison life goes to most women who decide to link their fate with the defender of the Fatherland.

I'm going into some kind of hole

“This year it was exactly 35 years since we have been together,” says my interlocutor, the wife of a retired midshipman, Elena. – Sometimes I can't even believe it myself. I lived with my parents in the suburbs at that time. We had relatives who lived in a closed military town. And I loved it very much when we came to visit them on the May holidays. There reigned some kind of its own atmosphere, not similar to the life of ordinary cities.

You are asking if I thought that I would become the wife of a military man. Of course, I didn't have such a goal as such. But it was prestigious to marry a military man, and it seems to me that all the girls thought so. In military educational institutions came mainly from the families of military personnel. These were people who really wanted to defend their homeland. They were perceived as strong, courageous and, of course, the girls liked them.

– They didn't even think about it. And I didn't think until I met my betrothed. That was in 1986, I already turned 23. By that time I graduated from the institute, I was an adult, independent person. At least that's how it seemed to me. I got a good job assignment in Moscow, right in the center, as I always wanted. I had to go to work on August 1st.

Summer, vacation, and in July I went to visit my grandmother in Kronstadt. In the city, as expected, there was a House of Officers. Everyone loved to go there. They showed movies and dances there. One evening my cousin and I were just walking nearby, it started to rain, and we ran into the Officers' House. I had never been there before. We decided to walk and see the interior. By the way, it is very beautiful there: huge halls, antique doors, large aquariums.

After walking enough, we sat down to rest. And then two young men in cadet uniforms come up to us and invite us to dance. It turned out that they are future warrant officers. At first we refused, but they all fit and fit. In general, they agreed.

Alexey, my future husband, during the very first dance asked me: “Do you believe in love at first sight?” Apparently, he really liked me, but somehow I didn't really like him then. They did not go to see us off, because their leave of absence was running out, but he asked for my address. I wrote down the street and said: “You can find a house yourself if you want.” I didn’t even have a thought that he would go to all the houses and look for me.

Imagine, with my friends I went around all the houses in a week and found. We talked for another week, and then I went home, I need to go to work. They began to correspond. We still have these letters at home, a whole stack. Nowadays people probably don't write letters to each other at all.

He finished his studies in November. On November 14 he came to me, on November 15 we got married, and after a couple of days I left “at my husband’s place of service” … to Kyrgyzstan.

I am such a theatergoer, I constantly went to performances, read poetry. All sublime. And I'm going to some hole.

– The village was called Spartak. And there was a military town in it. In terms of amenities, in fact, it turned out to be not all that terrible. I was preparing myself for the worst, to be honest. We were immediately given an apartment in a new building, with gas and water. In the yard we had a cherry orchard and a playground. A year later, our son was born, and two years later, a daughter.

– My husband is at work all the time, I hardly saw him. He has either exercises, or courses where you cannot go with him, or night alarms, constant combat readiness. At any time of the day or night, he may be alerted and he will leave. Maybe for a day, maybe for a week. This means that you learn to do everything yourself. And the children are on you.

– Oh, yes, of course, there were, – Elena laughs. – It seems to me that if we lived closer, I might have done so. So the distance is sometimes good.

The soup was boiled with a boiler

– It was a very difficult time. For all. But people always find some way out. Here we are – we built a garage, brought in rabbits, a pig. All the acquaintances were surprised how this city girl was looking after the household. So what to do? Although now sometimes I think: “How did we survive?” I remember we ran out of gas, but we didn't have an electric stove. Then there was nothing in the stores. In Moscow, even on coupons, but in our country, in general, there are empty counters.

I had to cook the soup with a boiler. Have you tried doing this at least once? Then the transfer to Moscow was confirmed for us, and we sent a container with things. But it turned out that some papers were hanging somewhere in the headquarters, and we lived in an empty apartment for six months. We slept on a mattress, there were almost no clothes. Winter is coming, and we are without warm clothes. We sold a garage for 65 soms and bought jackets for children with this money. I remember now, like a bad dream.

– Not. He chose this profession and wanted to serve. I couldn't put pressure on him, that would be wrong. Then we decided that we had to transfer to the capital. But to say is one thing, and to do is another. With all the bureaucratic delays, the translation took us almost three years. Probably, it could have been faster somewhere else, but I wanted my children to have a good education, so I insisted that only to Moscow or the Moscow region. To transfer to the General Staff, my husband had to give up his service housing due to his seniority.

– That's it. This was such a condition, and the husband signed a waiver. In 1998, we were nevertheless transferred to Moscow. I got a job in the archives of the Ministry of Defense. The military was then lowered below the plinth, salaries were delayed for both my husband and me. Six months later, I had to leave and get a job at a bank, so that at least I had something to feed my family. The spouse worked part-time in the protection, then many military men did this. In 2008, my husband decided to leave the army.

– I don't even know. One thing I can say for sure – that difficulties can be experienced only when you truly love a person.



Russian security forces in Baikonur fell under siege

People are annoyed with salary cuts, meanwhile only they can now hold the defense

Kazakhstan is engulfed in riots, and at Baikonur they finally remembered the local Rosguard and the police, who shortly before that in Moscow in relevant departments decided to significantly reduce salaries.

And which, now, it turns out, are the only ones who are able to defend themselves, protecting Russian property and Russian citizens in this territory.

Baikonur. Source: Roscosmos website

“Branches of Roscosmos enterprises, law enforcement agencies, city services and organizations are operating normally. The operational headquarters, created under the Baikonur administration, fully controls the situation in the city. The armed security of key facilities of the cosmodrome has been strengthened, ”said the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin. However, the residents of Baikonur themselves are not so optimistic about what is happening. Yes, the last night of the night at the famous cosmodrome passed relatively calmly, but no one knows what will happen tomorrow.

Since the beginning of the riots in Kazakhstan, neighboring villages, according to the Baikonur people, have also rampaged. There are fears that sooner or later all this will spread to them.

“In Tyuratam (Toretam) and Akay, yesterday they blocked the railway road on which our motor trucks run, they threatened to blow up gas stations that are close to the city,” Russians living in Baikonur told MK. According to them, two armored personnel carriers have already been driven into the city and the security at the checkpoint has been strengthened. Earlier, to be honest, it was easy for anyone to get there if they wanted to. And Kazakh cows and camels roamed back and forth without any problems to graze freely in the garbage dumps of Baikonur.

“If the protesters go from Kyzylorda (neighboring city – Auth.) and the fence will not save you, ”the locals are worried. They do not know which reports are being sent to Moscow today and to what extent they correspond to reality, and do not embellish it. The day before, a roll call was arranged for the workers of the TsENKI (Center for the Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities), and some board was arriving from Moscow. Either with help, or evacuate the authorities.

“There are rumors that the head of the administration is not present at the moment, there are no deputies, the head of the Internal Affairs Directorate is not there either. The police were alerted yesterday, the entire personnel were armed, they are on full alert, but still, to be honest, it’s scary. ”

Of course, no one expected that riots would suddenly start in Kazakhstan. Otherwise, the Moscow leadership of the law enforcement agencies would not have done what they did for the whole last year. It lowered the salaries of local security officials.

The local Rosguards and policemen with their last strength through the courts fought back all year from what their families actually put on the brink of survival. So they decided at the very top.

In 2021, employees of the National Guard of Baikonur were deprived of a significant part of their monetary allowance, the so-called coefficient 1.4 “for work in the Far North and conditions equivalent to them.” They have received this supplement since the days of the Soviet Union. It was not removed even in the dashing 90s, when Baikonur became the territory of Kazakhstan and was leased to the Russian Federation.

On average, a sergeant of the Russian Guard, along with an additional payment, received a little for 40 thousand rubles. Without it, less than thirty is left. In general, you will not clear up. The staff of the National Guard of Baikonur is now a little more than 70 people, each of them did not manage to pay an average of 200,000 rubles.

The National Guard themselves, as you know, did not have the right to publicly express their displeasure. Therefore, the spouses stood up for them. Women sued, wrote complaints, wrote to courts, to all higher authorities …

“We sent a request to the government – how can it be, because there are government decrees, why don't they even look at them? But all our requests and documents were forwarded to the financial and economic department of the Russian Guard, that is, to those who did not want to pay us, and everything died out on that. ”

An article on this topic was published in MK. The scandal was loud. After that, the entire initiative group, apparently, was silenced: “Thank you very much for your help and assistance in our problem. But the wives of the Russian Guards no longer defend their husbands. Our position should not interfere with their service, let alone harm, “they thanked MK for participating in their problem.

With the Russian guards, it was a ride, the next in line to eliminate the regional coefficient of 1.4, turned out to be police officers (1,500 people), the Federal Penitentiary Service, the Ministry of Emergency Situations. In general, all those who, in the event of an emergency, should breastfeed to defend the cosmodrome … Since, as you know, there are no Russian troops at Baikonur. Many police officers were going to file resignation reports. But where else to work? There are no extra vacancies in Baikonur, an enclave thousands of kilometers away from the territory of the Russian Federation.

In October, the National Guardsmen managed to prove the legitimacy of the payment of the coefficient 1.4 through the court. However, everyone immediately made it clear that it would remain only until July 1, 2022, and then there would be silence.

Therefore, the New Year was celebrated here, to put it mildly, not joyfully. And they didn't expect anything good from him.

“Every time we have to defend something, sue, prove. You have to rip everything out, just a continuous struggle for your existence and the future of your children, I'm tired of it, “the Baikonur residents wrote to me in their congratulations.

And now, it turns out, the boomerang effect has worked. The only ones who are able to defend Baikonur now are the police and the National Guard, whom the state made it clear that no one particularly appreciates their service.

It is clear that there is an oath, and people in uniform will defend what they are ordered to … Moreover, their families remain in the city.

But what were the thoughts of those who decided to optimize their salaries. And what about July 1, 2022 and the end of all payments? Will they not change their minds?