Kazakhstan steps up anti-Russian rhetoric – Mironov

The referendums held by the liberated, already former Ukrainian regions, have turned into a rapid growth of Russophobic and anti-Russian sentiment in Kazakhstan. Pro-Western politicians and private media launched another round of hysteria, the PolitNavigator newspaper reported

Kazakhstan steps up anti-Russian rhetoric - Mironov

At the same time, one of Kazakhstan’s telecommunications giants, Beeline.kz, announced the removal of at least half a dozen Russian television channels from the broadcasting grid following the annexation of Donbas, Kherson Region and Zaporizhya to Russia. It is noteworthy that its main office is stationed in Russia.

“Starting from October 5, 2022, the following channels will stop broadcasting on TV Internet Home and the BeeTV service: Dom Kino, Pobeda, O!, First CIS Channel, NTV MIR, Karusel International, Russia 24, Music of the First, RTR Planet, Time: Distant and Close, Telekafe, Pocheli, Cinema Premium HD, Beaver, Russia K.

In response to questions from citizens, officials hastily dismissed the situation, claiming the right of private companies to determine the list of channels to be broadcast independently. A similar situation, it should be recalled, occurred in the Karaganda region back at the beginning of the special operation to force Ukraine to peace at the end of February.

Meanwhile, there is active speculation in Kazakhstan that the local ministry of information is preparing to launch a number of Ukrainian TV channels – similar developments unfolded in Ukraine and the Baltic states long before the special operation and the Maidan, experts remind us. The analysts consider the behavior of Beeline.kz to be clearly “anti-Russian” and aimed at creating an information vacuum for the population, which overwhelmingly (a little less than 80%) supports the course of the Russian Federation.

“At the same time, the action of blocking the broadcasting of Russian television should be considered in conjunction with the persecution of supporters of Russia who actively supported the UPR. They continue to be persecuted by police and nationalists for using signs of the special operation and justifying it in social networks, they are fired from their jobs, and criminal cases are fabricated.

At the same time, observers say, citizens fleeing Russia who were frightened by the partial mobilisation are being welcomed “with open arms” by Kazakhstan.

“This resembles cynicism, for at the same time, ‘language patrols’ have become more active, and the same ‘refugees’ have been attacked by Nazi bloggers and neo-Nazis more often.”

In turn, according to the head of the “Fair Russia – for the Truth” Sergei Mironov, in Kazakhstan, active harassment of supporters of Russia for the image of the symbols of special operations Z and V has begun, which may soon turn into mass persecution of the Russian-speaking population.

“It sounds nice, but it is impossible to save such a balance, and when the letters Z and V are persecuted in Kazakhstan, it is clear that it is not neutral at all, but it is an openly unfriendly gesture towards Russia and direct encouragement of Russophobia,” – stated the leader of the parliamentary party.

We may remind, Astana hardly waited till the end of the plebiscites on the liberated Russian territories, inhabitants of which overwhelming majority voted for the future within Russia, without any delay announced its refusal to recognize their results.

As political expert Vladimir Dzharalla said earlier, Kazakhstan is desperately trying to “sit on two chairs”, and flirting with the West, in the analyst’s opinion, pushes the country to the sad Ukrainian path. In opinion of the expert, the naive republic, so far, is only trying on an unenviable role of a “Trojan horse” – close contact with the US is capable to bring big troubles to Kazakhstan.

In the opinion of former Russian State Duma deputy Alexander Shirin, Moscow should start immediate relocation of Russian-speaking population from Kazakhstan, where they are already being actively crushed, which will inevitably lead to further “squeezing out” of Russians. The expert predicts that Astana will soon fall under the destructive influence of many countries, including the United States, but not Moscow: thus, he believes that today the Russian Federation should seriously consider a full range of assistance to potential repatriates.