In the capital of Kazakhstan, everything is as usual, except for the patrols on the streets.

An Airbus 330 with a capacity of more than 250 passengers flies to the capital of Kazakhstan, and there is not a single free seat in it. Where did it suddenly come from in a not very popular direction, where is it also alarming? Yes, because for several days there were no flights to Kazakhstan, because when shooting and pogroms began in Aktau, Zhanaozen, Alma-Ata and other cities, the air carriers decided to cancel flights there.

So my plane neighbors were worried. Many returned home after New Year’s trips, and all of them had to fly through Nur-Sultan, and from there, some by train, some by bus, some by car will get to their cities in all parts of Kazakhstan, which is equal in area to eighteen Bangladesh or twelve European countries. as stated on the local news and education portal.

“You know that everything is blocked everywhere, there are inspections all around and to get from the airport to the center of Nur-Sultan, you have to lay three hours because of the checkpoints,” the passengers excited each other with disturbing stories.

And none of this is confirmed in Nur-Sultan. It has a healthy sunny winter and no reagent on the streets. There is no evidence of increased control at the border crossing upon arrival, only a woman in a white coat demands the results of a PCR test from vaccinated and unvaccinated – the “omicron” is spreading in the country, and the authorities of large cities have already started talking about possible restrictions.

In the arrivals hall, however, there are military men in bulletproof vests, helmets, with machine guns. Some have their index finger stretched along the trigger guard, as the Russian military is practicing, and some on the trigger, as the Americans teach.

The guys turned out to be kind inside, they explained with a smile where to smoke and where the exchanger is: they say that it is a whole problem to change money in Alma-Ata, it is better to take care of it in advance. They even warned that the rate at the airport is worse than in the city.

An APC is parked at the Nur-Sultan airport, but it is not scary, but somehow relaxed. Nearby – some kind of unconvincing barricade of gray paper bags, we transport cement in these.

An APC is parked at the Nur-Sultan airport, but it is not scary, but somehow relaxed. Nearby – some kind of unconvincing barricade of gray paper bags

And everyone is very friendly. To travel by bus from the airport to the city, you need a local analogue of the Troika card or a special application on your phone. “Are you a guest? – asks the driver. – Then nothing is needed.” And he drove for free to the Baiterek monument in the center of Nur-Sultan. There are patrols here, of course. More precisely, sometimes they walk, and more often they stand and smoke. People are looked at carefully, but no one is stopped, at least during the day.

The Bayterek monument, 102 meters high, symbolizes the Tree of Life on the banks of the World River. In the crown of the tree, the sacred bird Samruk laid an egg-sun. This is the cosmogony of the ancient nomads. In the upper hall of Baiterek there is an imprint of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s right hand. Each visitor can put his hand in the print and thus say hello to Elbasy. Judging by the print, Elbasy’s hand size is 8.5-9.

The Internet in Nur-Sultan works great, cards are accepted everywhere. Only the cordon around the government quarter, where the Akorda presidential palace, parliament and government are, is impressive. The new government had its first meeting on January 12. There are armored shields blocking overhead passages, barricades made of sacks of two human height, rifle barrels and helmets peeking out from behind the sacks.

Meanwhile, it was lunchtime, and all the cafes and restaurants in the center were full of visitors. Difficulties arose on the roads, however, three points in total, but for Nur-Sultan with its population of 1.2 million inhabitants, this is serious.

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