In Kazakhstan, the head of the “ROP Operator” Medet Kumargaliyev was detained due to corruption The Vice Minister of Ecology and the chairman of the board of the “ROP Operator” were detained on suspicion of corruption. The government has previously deprived the government of a company associated with Nazarbayev's daughter the authority to collect utilization payments alt=”Kazakhstan detained the head of a company associated with Nazarbayev's daughter” />
Vice Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan Akhmetzhan Primkulov and the head of the ROP Operator company involved in the organization of the recycling collection Medet Kumargaliyev was detained on suspicion of committing corruption crimes, Tengrinews reports citing the country's anti-corruption service.
Both detainees are in a temporary detention center in Nur-Sultan.
Earlier, the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, instructed to take action against the “ROP Operator”, associated, as RBC's source and some local media reported, with Aliya Nazarbayeva, one of the daughters of the country's first president. In particular, the government was to stop the company's recycling fee and the disposal of the recycling fee, as well as revise the rates of fees. According to the president, entrepreneurs and society have “a lot of questions”; to the activities of the “ROP Operator”, “a kind of public movement was organized against this private company.” Tokayev noted that a state organization should deal with utilization payments.
The ROP Operator company announced that she was ready to stop collecting recycling payments by order of the president. After that, the government of Kazakhstan entrusted the functions of the operator of utilization payments to the state-owned Zhasyl Damu.
“ROP Operator” in addition to the collection was engaged in the organization of transportation, processing and disposal of waste. The levy must be paid by car manufacturers, official importers and individuals who import cars into the country.
At the beginning of the year, protests began in Kazakhstan due to a doubling of the cost of liquefied gas, the main fuel for passenger cars. One of the demands of the demonstrators was the departure of Nursultan Nazarbayev from politics. Against this background, Tokayev removed his predecessor as head of the Security Council. Nazarbayev's spokesman Aidos Ukibay said that the former president himself decided to transfer these powers to the current leader, “because he was well aware that unrest and terror required a prompt, tough and uncompromising response from the country's leadership.”
Resign from Nazarbayev's three sons-in-law, his nephew and other relatives also left their positions.
On January 18, Nazarbayev addressed the people of Kazakhstan. He called himself a pensioner and said that Tokayev has full power, there is no conflict among the elites.
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