Since the beginning of this year, Kazakhstan has been engulfed in violent protests after fuel prices soared in the country.
The protesters’ demands for a reduction in fuel prices and the dismissal of ministers in the Kazakh cabinet were quickly met by the government. Even so, protests accompanied by vandalism and theft continued.
Former Minister of Energy, Industry, and Trade of Kazakhstan and former banker Mukhtar Ablyazov have called himself the “leader” of the ongoing protests in the country. Ablyazov also confirmed that he regularly gives advice to the people of Almaty on tactical issues.
“I am the leader of the opposition. Every day protesters call me and ask: ‘We are here, what should we do?’ – Sputnik radio quoted Mr. Ablyazov.
The former banker, who is living in Paris – France after being accused of stealing $6 million from a Kazakh bank, added that he is ready to return to his homeland and lead the provisional government as soon as possible once the demonstrations were successful.