Kremlin agents seeking to reduce part of Kazakhs to a Russian-speaking sub-ethnos of the Russian nation, Gali says

Azimbay Gali (Image: ratel.kz)

Azimbay Gali (Image: ratel.kz) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

The Russian government has set up a network of agents in Kazakhstan in order to undermine that country’s sovereignty and independence by transforming a portion of the Kazakhs into a Russian-speaking people that Moscow will then insist are “a sub-ethnos” of the Russian nation, according to outspoken Kazakh nationalist Azimbay Gali.

In a Facebook page in Kazakh that has now been translated into Russian and is attracting attention in the region, Gali says the Russian network is using five different tactics to achieve its end.

  • First, Gali says, Moscow’s agents are promoting trilingual education in Kazakhstan’s Kazakh schools to reduce the quality of those schools, discredit them in the eyes of the population, and prevent the further “Kazakhization” of the country.
  • Second, these agents are exerting “significant influence on cadres policy” in the republic, assuring that those who become akims (governors) or ministers are people who may be Kazakh by nationality but who speak the language poorly or not at all.
  • Third, Moscow’s over-arching goal is “the creation of a Russian-speaking Kazakh sub-ethnos” so that “tomorrow they will tell us: we have our own literature, classics, Russian-language mosques, and a ‘spiritual donor,’ Russia; and in this way they will be able to split the country.
  • Fourth, the most dangerous of these agents have succeeded in remaining in office and have not been subject to lustration. That has allowed them to continue to do Moscow’s work under the guise of promoting Astana’s.
  • And fifth, because these agents are skilled at shifting the blame on others for any problems, “the time has come to call things by their right names, to identify the influential Russian agents and block their actions.”

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Edited by: A. N.

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