“I came to express my condolences to the families of those killed in Zhanaozen. Each of the young men were given 20 thousand tenge and made drunk,” Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev told Khabar TV Channel during his working visit to Mangystau region.
“You know very well how it all happened. Peaceful people came to the festival and at that time drunk and armed instigators were handing out sawed off shotguns. Everything was done on purpose. Policemen at that time had no fire-arms, so they were beaten over the head, and when they fell down and someone wanted to help, no one was allowed to do. Police officers had to go back into the police station and take up arms. What could they do? They have a legal right to use arms, if they are attacked. However, despite everything, police fired into the air to the last. When it did not help they began to shoot into the ground, but the instigators were pushing people forward.
Investigation is not a matter of one day. The instigators have done their job and disappeared. Half of them have already been detained, but those who generally organized it did not even appear in Zhanaozen. Each of the young men were given 20 thousand tenge and made drunk.
We are seriously investigating this case and consider each death separately. We will search for organizers, no matter where in the world they may hide. There will be the court, and the guilty will be punished. Well, those oil workers who simply succumbed to the effects of the crowd, if they really are not guilty, will be set free,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said.