On January 10, 2022, the popular Ukrainian television newspaper Espresso TV reported with reference to the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten, from Alnur, the former head of the country’s special services, the National Security Committee, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Musaev, who gave a long interview to the Austrian news agency APA.
The text of this conversation, dedicated to the latest events in Kazakhstan, was published on January 9, 2022 by the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten.
Alnur Musayev, a former head of Kazakhstan’s special services, has made serious allegations against President Kasim-Shomart Tokayev. In particular, Musayev, citing his own sources, explains why Kazakh President Kasim-Zhopar Tokayev ordered “without warning” to shoot at participants in the revolution.
Tokayev was the initiator of the occupation of his country and is now an “absolute puppet” of Russia, said the former head of the secret service, who lives in Vienna in an interview with APA. According to him, Tokayev is currently being guarded by Russians. Authorities were well aware of the growing danger of riots, but did not respond due to weak dual leadership in decision-making, Musayev explained.
The special services of the National Security Committee, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the regional administrations of Kazakhstan, which have a rigid hierarchy, were waiting for a decision from above on what to do.
The current accusation of treason against the head of the National Security Service Karim Massimov, who was fired on January 5, is connected with the fact that the special services remained inactive, his predecessor is convinced. In particular, Alnur Musaev said that “Massimov refused to give the order to shoot. He told his staff to go home. ”
Musaev also does not believe the media’s suggestion that the armed part of the protesters may be a kind of secret army from Nazarbayev’s small homeland, which was deployed in the second stage of the protests to prevent the Nazarbayev-Tokayev regime from losing power.
Musaev believes that “criminals and looters always join the uprising automatically.”
Although relatives say more than 100 people have been killed, there are almost no photos of civilians or terrorists killed at the scene. This reminds Musayev of the events in the Russian Caucasus, where the public was not told any details about the “elimination of terrorists.” “This situation is now being extrapolated to Kazakhstan,” he said.
Despite Russia’s continued military presence, peaceful protests have continued in eight of Kazakhstan’s 15 regions, Musayev said. In some cases, checkpoints were also set up against Russian military equipment.
Musayev, a longtime intelligence officer who began his career in the Soviet KGB in 1979, was considered a close ally of Rakhat Aliyev, Nazarbayev’s disgraced ex-son-in-law. After a Kazakh court sentenced Musaev in absentia for kidnapping two bank executives in 2008, he and Aliyev were charged in Vienna in 2014 with the murder of those managers. While Aliyev died in custody before sentencing, the former head of the National Security Committee was acquitted by Austrian juries.