Nazarbayev meets Putin in Moscow for the first time since protests

Nazarbayev and Putin wished each other good health and expressed confidence in the continuation of friendly contacts, Kazakhstan reported. The last time the presidents met was in December 2021

Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vladimir Putin

Ex-President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the Kazakh politician's press service reported.

The parties exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of relations between the two countries. “It was noted that cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia is developing on the basis of an equal dialogue,” — added in the press service.

In addition, Putin and Nazarbayev wished each other good health and well-being, expressing confidence in the further continuation of established friendly contacts.

The Kremlin did not announce the meeting. The last meeting between the two politicians, according to Putin's press service, took place in December 2021.

This is the first official meeting between Nazarbayev and Putin since the referendum on the Constitution in Kazakhstan. It excluded the provisions on the legal status and powers of Nazarbayev, and introduced restrictions on the number of presidential terms.

In addition, from paragraph 2 of Art. 91 excluded the wording about Nazarbayev and the invariability of his status as Elbasy, that is, the leader of the nation. At the same time, in the text of the new Constitution, Nazarbayev remained as the “founder of an independent state.”

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Nazarbayev's exclusion from politics was one of demands voiced at protests in Kazakhstan in January 2022. During the riots, the Alma-Ata airport and administration buildings were seized, and shops were looted. According to the Prosecutor General's Office, 230 people died as a result of the protests. After the suppression of the protests, the first president's three sons-in-law, his nephew and other relatives lost their positions, and Nazarbayev himself lost his lifetime chairmanship of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (ANK) and the Security Council. In addition, he ceased to be the head of the ruling Nur Otan party, which was later renamed Amanat.

Nazarbayev led Kazakhstan for almost 30 years. He resigned as president on March 20, 2019.

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