It is symbolic that 28 Panfilovites said goodbye to Lieutenant Colonel Sandibek Khairov, who together with his fighters held the defense in the Akimat of Almaty.

It is symbolic that 28 Panfilovites said goodbye to Lieutenant Colonel Sandibek Khairov, who together with his fighters held the defense in the Akimat of Almaty.

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The tail of a long line stretched from the street, through the foyer of the Army House, up the stairs to the second floor – to the memorial hall. Paratrooper cadets – around the perimeter, in the center – a closed coffin with the body of the deputy commander of the Kapshagai airborne assault brigade. It is symbolic that with the lieutenant colonel Sandibek Khairov, who, together with his fighters, held the defense in Akimat of Almaty, said goodbye in the park named after 28 Panfilovites.

On the first day of the pogroms, he was tasked with preventing the seizure of the mayor's office.

On the first day of the pogroms, he was tasked with preventing the seizure of the mayor’s office.

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On the first day of the pogroms, he was tasked with preventing the seizure of the mayor’s office. Those who will investigate these events have yet to find out why it happened that Lieutenant Colonel Khairov and 200 officers and contract soldiers under his command were sent to carry out a combat mission … without weapons. While the rioters have already acquired police ammunition, hunting weapons and machine guns. But the fact remains. 200 unarmed paratroopers restrained the onslaught of the armed crowd even in the burning building – the militants set it on fire from despair, they say, do not get you to anyone.

Those who will investigate these events have yet to find out why it happened that Lieutenant Colonel Khairov and 200 officers and contract soldiers under his command were sent to carry out a combat mission ... without weapons.

Those who will investigate these events have yet to find out why it happened that Lieutenant Colonel Khairov and 200 officers and contract soldiers under his command were sent to carry out a combat mission … without weapons.

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– I know Sandibek from school, we were connected by four years of cadet life, and further service in the army, – he told me Kirill Lozhkin, Lecturer, Department of Tactics, Military Institute of the Land Forces… – He was on the front line, carried out the order of the higher headquarters, tragically died at the hands of terrorists. He received a severe head injury, after which he lost consciousness, fell, and the bandits brutally dealt with him. He was a real commander, very charismatic, leading people. The soldiers who stood next to him in the mayor’s office say that he commanded to the last and gave orders to prevent the seizure of the akimat.

200 unarmed paratroopers restrained the onslaught of the armed crowd even in the burning building - the militants set it on fire from despair, they say, do not get you to anyone.

200 unarmed paratroopers restrained the onslaught of the armed crowd even in the burning building – the militants set it on fire from despair, they say, do not get you to anyone.

Photo: Alexander KOTS

Hundreds of people walk past the coffin in a line and take turns shaking hands with relatives sitting in the hall. Co-workers, friends, ordinary Almaty residents, veteran paratroopers … I got into conversation with them, going out into the street.

– Well, how is that? Why were they sent unarmed?

– It was the first day, – the men are trying to find an excuse for the criminal order. – Probably thought that there would be a peaceful demonstration and need reinforcement on duty.

The tail of a long line stretched from the street, through the foyer of the Army House, up the stairs to the second floor - to the memorial hall.

The tail of a long line stretched from the street, through the foyer of the Army House, up the stairs to the second floor – to the memorial hall.

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– Duty reinforcement is not an army function …

A tense silence. I take the conversation aside, telling them the latest tales from the Internet about a certain “Nazarbayev’s private army”, which was trained in secret camps to eliminate objectionable and other non-public assignments that will not puzzle official structures. This “private army” allegedly raised the people to revolt.

Hundreds of people walk past the coffin in a line and take turns shaking hands with relatives sitting in the hall.

Hundreds of people walk past the coffin in a line and take turns shaking hands with relatives sitting in the hall.

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– Why do you think it’s a bike? – says one of the officers. – I would not call it a “private army”, but units like the Ukrainian “titushki” were in power. And the National Security Committee was well aware of them. I think they were trained under the auspices of the Committee. And whoever was there – both the “bearded” (Islamists – Ed.), Including those who were tested in Syria, and criminals, and athletes …

– And what were they prepared for?

– Basically – just countering street performances. It is convenient, for example, during a demonstration of some Islamic radicals to send the “bearded” against the “bearded”. You can act as harshly as possible, and the state seems to have nothing to do with it – everything looks like an internal showdown of extremists. Or criminal “graters”. Or sports. It’s just that in Tokayev, those who arranged their lives smartly under Nazarbayev saw a threat to their carefree future. It is no coincidence that the president is now saying that these people need to be “dispossessed” a little in order to share with the people. The talks about the creation of a special fund, to which the Kazakh rich people would “unfasten” a part of their profits, have been going on for a long time. And it can be seen that they have become too close to reality. I am not saying that the pogroms are a conspiracy of Nazarbayev, no. This could be arranged by those who rose under him and did not want to lose their position and their money. Including among the security forces. And then suddenly all over the south flared up. And the very “aunts” appeared on the streets.

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– And the security forces disappeared …

“We ourselves formed squads of veterans -” Afghans “to guard the hospitals on which the attacks began. Serious security officers disappeared, and the boys-patrolmen and the traffic cops fell under the batch. They were simply betrayed and sacrificed.

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– Like 200 paratroopers of Lieutenant Colonel Khairov, – I state, again running into tense silence.

As if to confirm the words of my interlocutors, the National Security Committee reported that in the case of the former head of the department, Karim Massimov, suspected of treason, an investigation was launched “into the facts of actions aimed at the violent seizure of power.”

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