The giant declassified masses of young people in Kazakhstan, infected with Russophobe myths, can easily be made the “rank and file” of a rebel using rumors about a “new Russian occupation,” vice-president of the Experimental Creative Center Foundation (Kurginyan Center) for scientific work Yury Byaly said on January 7 in a comment for Rossa Primavera News Agency.
Commenting on the words of the President of Kazakhstan that the Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers won’t carry out “cleansing” of terrorists and bandits, as they have come “for a short time to perform the functions of cover and security,” Yury Byaly noted that “this is a very important emphasis.”
“The fact is that over the past 30 ‘independent’ years, Kazakhstan has shifted very deeply towards bellicose nationalism and Russophobia,” the analyst said. “It is the ‘expelling’ of Russians from prestigious spheres of activity, and language reforms (in particular, the change of writing system from using Cyrillic to Latin script), and domestic oppression of Russians and Russian-speaking people, and most importantly, the new textbooks, on which the children were taught. And these textbooks contain the ‘Russian occupation,’ the ‘Holodomor,’ and the belittled and humiliated role of Kazakhs in the power of Soviet Kazakhstan.”
Yury Byaly reminded that the demographic structure of Kazakhstan is such that almost 60% of the population is under the age of 28, who have already studied using the new textbooks, and therefore are seriously infected with Russophobic myths.
“The second specificity of Kazakhstan is the zhuz-clan organization of society [zhuz – represents territorial and tribal division within the ethnic group of the Kazakhs], which has only strengthened in the post-Soviet years and has actually blocked channels of vertical social mobility outside of clan structures,” the expert stressed, noting that this situation is exacerbated by “huge youth unemployment,” especially among those Kazakhs who recently arrived in large cities from the distant periphery and live in the suburbs.
The combination of these factors, according to Yury Byaly, creates situation in which there are “giant, in fact, declassified masses of young people, unaware that the mighty industrial and cultural Kazakhstan was, in fact, created specifically by Russians, and heavily infected with Russophobic myths.” These masses of the youth “can very easily be woken up by the rumors about ‘new Russian occupation’ and make the main ‘rank and file’ of the rebellion,” the analyst believes.
On January 7, the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made an address to the nation, saying that the country was attacked by internal and external well-prepared and armed bandits, against whom an anti-terrorist operation was launched. He said that he gave the order to shoot to kill the terrorists. At the same time, he noted that the Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeeping contingent, most of which are Russian airborne troops, would not take part in the mop-up operation.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency