Pensioner abdicated: between the lines of Nazarbayev’s appeal

Why the first President of Kazakhstan did not tell the truth about the coup attempt

The first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the year, was found, addressed the people, and also started rewriting history.< /p>


“Responding to numerous appeals addressed to me and in connection with publications in the media, I inform you that in 2019 I transferred the powers of the president to Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev and since then I have been a pensioner, and now I am on a well-deserved rest in the capital of Kazakhstan and I am not going anywhere was leaving.” What interesting, however, there are “pensioners” in Kazakhstan – taxiing “on a well-deserved rest” in the position of chairman of the Security Council by law enforcement agencies and still possessing a large half of the power in the country!

But seriously …. Yes, Nursultan Abishevich got a little confused in the dates, but he still said the most important words: “I am now a pensioner!” The history of the Kazakh power tandem, the existence of which almost pushed the country into the abyss of chaos, has come to an end. The transfer of power to Tokayev is finally complete, this time for good and for good.

“President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has full power in the country. He is the chairman of the Security Council. Soon the president will be elected chairman of the Nur-Otan party. Therefore, there is no conflict or confrontation in the elite. Rumors on this subject are absolutely groundless,” having uttered these words, Nursultan Nazarbayev made it clear that we will not know soon about what actually happened in the Kazakh leadership, or, if we talk about all the details, we will never know. “No confrontation in the elite,” the first president of Kazakhstan assures us. Now, at least not explicitly, perhaps not. But it certainly was still a few days ago. Why, then, does Nursultan Abishevich diligently assure us of the opposite?

Because, from the point of view of the Kazakh elite, ordinary citizens are not supposed to know about it. The version of the shift change on the Olympus of the Kazakh authorities, which Nazarbayev put forward in his address, directly contradicts the well-known facts. But the Nazarbayev-Tokayev tandem (in terms of turning this version into an official history cast in granite, the two presidents still act in one bundle) is in no way embarrassing. Nursultan Abishevich and Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich are not trying to convince anyone of anything. Instead, they tell the ordinary citizens of Kazakhstan what they should and should not believe.

It doesn't matter that the official version of history is full of holes. It is important that it is official. And everything else is “rumors, slander and slander.”

Why did the two presidents of Kazakhstan behave in this way? The question is posed incorrectly. How else could they behave? To admit that Nazarbayev's refusal to become a pensioner in 2019 and his desire to extend his days at the helm of the state almost led to the destruction of this very state? Recognize that the influential forces in the elite, well known to the first president, rebelled, defeated the largest city in the republic and provoked the death of a large number of people? Even if all this is a bitter truth, speaking this truth aloud is absolutely unthinkable for Nazarbayev.

Another interesting question is why Nazarbayev's appeal has appeared only now? Why was he silent for so long? Most likely because all this time was spent linking the various issues related to the final transfer of power.

Nazarbayev and Tokayev have clearly reached some kind of compromise, the full terms of which, again, will never be announced. Nursultan Abishevich agreed to become a “pensioner from 2019” – in exchange for receiving certain guarantees regarding not even himself, but his family. Of course, Tokayev cannot completely “not touch the family”. In this case, his real powers will be reduced to purely representative functions. But for sure he made important concessions that will allow his predecessor to really enjoy life on a well-deserved rest.

The meaning of the Kazakhstani political game has always been reduced to a “fight of batyrs under the rug.” At the beginning of the year, this fight became so intense that the crystal furniture standing on this carpet was broken, and the entire “apartment” was destroyed. But now the carpet has been returned from the dry cleaners, smoothed out and put back in place as if nothing had happened. And you know what's most interesting? Such a trick of power might work. When communications were restored in Kazakhstan, I began to frantically call and write to my many friends. The answer of most of them boiled down to this thought: “It's okay. Everything has passed and everything is getting better.”

No anger and fury about what was done to Alma-Ata, no particular curiosity about who was behind the militants, no passionate desire to take revenge on these mysterious puppeteers.

I, Naturally, I am in no way trying to reproach my friends. I'm talking about the informal Kazakh “social contract” between the people and the authorities. Real politics in Kazakhstan has always been considered the lot of the elite. The people could and still can go to a spontaneous protest rally. But to bring down the authorities in elections is not the style of Kazakhstani politics. Elections are a ritual, not an operating mechanism for the change of power. To Caesar is Caesar's, and to the people – “of the people.” Soothing everyday life is returning to Kazakh politics – I hope not until the next big shake-up.

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