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The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayeva has ordered a government commission to be created, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, to investigate  and report on events which took place on 7 February 2020, on the outskirts of the village of Masanchi, in the Kordai District, Zhambyl region of Kazakhstan.

The incident started when a fight took place between several dozen residents. As a result, members of the Kordai police department attended the scene to restore public order.

At the same time, provocateurs and eyewitnesses of the incident filmed what was happening and using messaging and social networks urged citizens to carry out illegal actions.

This led to an escalation and an increase in the number of participants in the fight.

As a result, roughly 300 people arrived from neighbouring settlements, with participants in the fight utilising metal objects, stones and firearms to actively resist police officers trying to restore order.

During the riots, several dozen participants and several police officers received injuries and gunshot wounds, with eight people dying from injuries they sustained.


Private houses, objects of trade and cars were damaged due to arson by the rioters.

47 people have been detained and taken into police custody.  Two hunting rifles were also seized.

To ensure public safety within the conflict zone, police officers and military personnel of the National Guard of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan have been deployed, and the situation has now been stabilized and is under control.

The General Prosecutor has taken special control of the investigation being conducted under Article 272 (Organization and participation in riots) and under Article 99 (Murder) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with work underway to bring to justice on those who called for ethnic hatred, spreading provocative rumours and misinformation.

A government spokesperson said

“All those guilty of disturbing public order will be held accountable in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Commission has been entrusted with ensuring the prompt resolution of issues of a socio-economic and humanitarian nature.

All the families of the deceased and wounded will receive the necessary assistance.”

The Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, as well as the elders of these villages, have joined the work of the Commission to ensure the prompt resolution of issues of a socio-economic and humanitarian nature.

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