Kurginyan: Nazarbayev has stomped out the political landscape

20.01.2022, Moscow.

A strong leader who builds a state on the ruins of the USSR cannot tolerate major rivals next to him, said philosopher, political scientist, the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on January 8 in the new broadcast of The Meaning of the Game program on the movement’s YouTube channel about the events in Kazakhstan.

“… A strong leader building a state – an authoritarian or not, for me these words are empty, and it’s not the point of the debate – on the ruins of what was there before, in fact, does not want and cannot tolerate anything influential next to him. Such a leader stomps out the political landscape,” explained the expert.

According to Kurginyan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the leader of Kazakhstan, needed a successor when he became weary of being in power. For leaders of such caliber, finding a successor is a difficult issue, argued the analyst.

“Nazarbayev considered himself to be larger than Kazakhstan; managing Kazakhstan had become a routine that required, on the one hand, close attention, but on the other hand, not a very dedicated attitude,” that’s how the political scientist sees the initial period of Nazarbayev’s rule.

Weariness from political life followed.

Nazarbayev was a talented leader who dreamed of restoring an empire in the 90s; and certainly, he believed that he could play a significant role in such an empire: “Nazarbayev was very offended by the members of the State Committee on the State of Emergency, [a group of eight high-level Soviet officials within the Soviet government, the Communist Party, and the KGB, who attempted a coup d’état against Mikhail Gorbachev on 19 August 1991], when one of them promised to him that after Victory Day on May 9, they will talk to him regarding of a serious matter,” – noted Kurginyan.

On January 8, Aidos Ukibay, the press secretary of the former Kazakhstan’s president, said that Nursultan Nazarbayev was in Kazakhstan’s capital, the city of Nur-Sultan. Ukibay added that the ex-leader had spoken on the phone with the heads of several states friendly to Kazakhstan.

On January 7, several Kazakh media outlets reported that the former president of the republic, his daughters and their families had left the country. At the same time, only Nazarbayev’s younger brother Bolat remained in Kazakhstan.

Nazarbayev served as Kazakhstan’s president for almost 30 years and resigned in March 2019. After that, he became the head of the Security Council of Kazakhstan for life and chairman of the ruling Nur Otan party, and Astana, republic’s capital, was renamed Nur-Sultan in his honor.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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