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CSTO peacekeepers in Alma-Ata are preparing to transfer protected facilities to local security forces

The CSTO peacekeeping contingent guards almost all strategically important facilities in Almaty. Now the issue of the phased transfer of these facilities to the law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan is being resolved.

Normal life is gradually beginning to improve in Alma-Ata. The Internet started working in the city, public transport was launched along the main highways. Stores began to accept payment by card or transfer. Gradually, cafes and restaurants are opening in the city. The only restriction imposed by the authorities is a ban on the sale of alcohol. It will be valid until January 19. Traffic jams have become one of the indicators of the onset of peaceful life in the city. People, no longer fearing for their lives, began to travel by car to work or on personal business. And the number of Almaty residents has noticeably increased on the streets.

Despite notable improvements in the city, the CSTO peacekeeping contingent continues to carry out its tasks of protecting and defending strategically important facilities in the city. How told The head of the CSTO forces in Kazakhstan, the commander of the Airborne Forces Andrei Serdyukov, over the past 24 hours, peacekeeping units have taken under protection five more socially significant objects. The protection of strategically important facilities by the CSTO peacekeepers allowed local law enforcement agencies to stabilize the situation in the country.

Now the command of the collective peacekeeping forces of the CSTO, together with the leadership of the Kazakh military department, is developing a plan for the transfer of protected facilities to Kazakh law enforcement officers.

According to the mandate of the CSTO, one of the most important objects for Alma-Ata, a bakery, is guarded by peacekeepers from Armenia.

As Rizagul Beisenbaeva, deputy general director of the Aksai bakery plant, said, the plant did not stop its work even during the riots in the city. When marauders appeared on the streets, the factory stopped the production of puff pastries, buns, gingerbread and dryers. The enterprise focused only on bread production. “Our task these days was not to leave people without bread. The plant did not stop day or night, baking bread,” Beisenbaeva said. According to her, the enterprise produces about 60 tons per day. This is enough to feed almost all of Alma-Ata with bread.

“After the peacekeepers began to guard our plant, the workers became much calmer. We immediately launched the production of all bakery products and are now working as usual,” she said.

Normal life is gradually beginning to improve in Alma-Ata. The Internet has started working, public transport has been launched along the main highways

One of the Armenian servicemen guarding the bakery, Seyran Kocharyan, said that the residents of Alma-Ata and the workers of the enterprise received the peacekeepers with all their hearts. “We are constantly interested in what we need, they offer products. We understand that they are very much relying on us and are ready to protect these people,” Kocharyan said. According to him, he heard the news that the peacekeeping contingent will soon leave Almaty. “If such a decision is made, then we have done our job well and will go home with our heads held high,” Kocharyan said.

Another strategic facility in the city, the Kazakhtelecom telecommunications company, is guarded by Russian peacekeepers. It is the largest company that has the status of a national telecom operator. Almost the entire Internet of Almaty is tied to this company. During the riots, looters tried to seize Kazakhtelecom’s offices. The decision that the building of the company will be taken under the protection of peacekeepers from Russia, the workers greeted with a bang.

According to one of the peacekeepers, Captain Denis Ivanov, his unit is faced with the task of preventing armed bandits and looters from entering the building. He noted that the civilian population is very friendly to the peacekeepers. “People help in every possible way, they respond to all requests,” the officer said. According to him, residents of the city often approach the Russian peacekeepers and ask to be photographed as a souvenir. “There are such attempts, but we are forbidden to take pictures and conduct dialogues with the local population,” the captain said. Meanwhile, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas informed the President of Kazakhstan about the beginning of the withdrawal of the peacekeeping contingent from the country.

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