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Vice Minister of Energy Zhumabai Karagaev arrested in Kazakhstan

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Employees of the Agency for Financial Monitoring of Kazakhstan detained the former Vice Minister of Energy Zhumabay Karagaev. Previously, he was removed from office by a government decision.

According to the press center of the agency, Karagaev was detained, as well as the heads of electronic trading platforms and “persons involved in the unreasonable increase in prices for liquefied petroleum gas in the Mangistau region.”

Karagaev was arrested for a period of two months.

“The investigation is ongoing. Other information in the interests of the investigation is not subject to disclosure,” the AFMK said.

On January 2, protests began in Kazakhstan against a sharp increase in prices for liquefied gas. Later, the rallies escalated into riots and pogroms. After the appeal of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the CSTO countries sent peacekeepers to the republic. According to the authorities, constitutional order has been restored in all regions. More than 2 thousand people were detained. Information on the number of victims of the riots has yet to be clarified. It is known that one of them was a Russian woman with many children.

Source: Rosbalt