In Kazakhstan in the city of Taraz on Wednesday, November 23, hundreds of workers of the mineral fertilizer plant Kazphosphate went on strike and went to the demonstration. The reason for this was the insulting statements of one of the top managers, a citizen of Russia. According to local media, he called the workers sheep.
According to media reports, more than 200 people took part in the protest, while 400 to 500 strikers were reported at the factory. The participants demanded an apology from the management, after which they began to demand better working conditions and higher wages. Photos and videos posted on social networks show that after the workers gathered at the enterprise, special police units were drawn there.
During a conversation with one of the top managers from Russia, the workers shouted: “Speak the Kazakh language!”, “Leave for Russia!”, “We don’t need such chauvinists!”, “You are completely impudent, you called us sheep, chauvinists!” , “Fire all the Russians!”, informed Telegram channel “Base”. Some participants in the action were outraged by the fact that specialists from Russia are paid at the enterprise from 1.5 million tenge per month, while local residents receive 300-400 thousand tenge for the same work.
The akimat of the Zhambyl region reported that as a result protests the Russian citizen apologized to the workers and was fired. They assured that there were no inter-ethnic conflicts in the factory.
Shortly before the protests in Taraz, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Roman Vasilenko criticized the statements of Russian political scientist Dmitry Drobnitsky on the talk show “Evening with Vladimir Solovyov” on the Rossiya TV channel. Drobnitsky called Kazakhstan “the next problem” and explained that “Nazi trials could start there as well”, as in Ukraine. Vasilenko said such statements “do not reflect Moscow’s official position” but stressed that they “damage the traditionally close relations between Kazakhstan and Russia and deserve a corresponding response from the authorities of the Russian Federation.”