Orban gave Tokayev “expressions of solidarity and sympathy over the many, many fatalities” and “of course we offered our help,” said Shijjarto.
He added that the evacuation of all Hungarians who asked for it from Kazakhstan was organized. Five people have already left the country. The challenge was the evacuation of Hungarian citizens who were in Almaty. As the minister emphasized, thanks to Russia’s help, six people were taken from there by Russian plane to Moscow, from where they will return to the country by a Hungarian military plane after the completion of bureaucratic procedures.
He added that there are currently about 100 Hungarians in Kazakhstan, most of them employees of the energy company.
Tokayev said on Monday that the violent riots that swept through Kazakhstan last week were an organized “coup attempt” led by “armed fighters,” but peace has now been restored in the country. The so-called “Peacekeepers” of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (OKDB). It is a total of 2.5 thousand. soldiers, mainly Russian units, but also incl. from Belarus. However, the main role in the operations is played by Russian airborne troops, and Russia also provides air transport (also to allies).
Demonstrations across Kazakhstan broke out on January 2 and turned into violent clashes with the military and police. Demonstrations against the increase in the price of LPG used for refueling have turned into a wider protest against the Tokayev government. At least 164 people died in the clashes, and 7.9 thousand stopped.
Western states and human rights organizations have long criticized Kazakhstan for its authoritarian political system, restricting media freedom, and the lack of fair elections.