Government of Kazakhstan decides to limit prices for fuel, food, communal services

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prices are set for 180 days
13:37, 6 January 2022

Kassym-Zhomart Tokaev

The government of Kazakhstan has decided to limit the prices of fuel, food, and utilities amid mass protests and riots as Tengrinews reported.

Automobile gas prices will range from 50 to 75 tenge ($0.11- 0.17) per liter depending on the region, particularly:

  • - in Aktobe, Atyrau and Mangistau regions - 50 tenge ($0.11) per liter (in remote areas - 55 tenge ($13));
  • - in Shymkent, East Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, West Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda and Turkestan regions - 60 tenge ($14) per liter (in remote areas - 65 tenge ($0.15));
  • - in Almaty - 65 tenge ($0.15) per liter. In Nur-Sultan, Akmola, Almaty, Kostanay, Karaganda, Pavlodar, and Northern Kazakhstan regions it is 70 tenge ($0.16) per liter (in remote areas - 75 ($0.17) tenge).

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These prices are set for 180 days.

The prices of gasoline are also temporarily limited:

- AI-80 - 89 tenge ($0.20) per liter;

- АI-92 and АI-93 - 182 tenge ($0.42) per liter;

- AI-95 - 215 tenge ($0.49) per liter.

Diesel prices are set at 260 tenge ($0.60) per liter in Akmola, Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, West Kazakhstan, Kostanay, and North Kazakhstan regions. In other regions - 240 tenge ($0.55) per liter.

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In addition, the government imposed a ban on exports abroad of cattle and small ruminants (6 months), potatoes, and carrots (3 months). Such a decision was made to stabilize food prices.

The authorities also promise a temporary moratorium on raising utility tariffs.

Earlier it was reported that security forces are conducting an anti-terrorist special operation in Almaty, with plans to return all administrative buildings to the city's control. The police reported dozens of victims.

In the beginning of 2022 protests erupted in Kazakhstan after the increase in the price of liquefied gas. Demonstrators announced an indefinite action. Demands to reduce the price of gas have grown into calls for the resignation of the president and government. The Internet has been shut down in the country, law enforcement agencies seized military equipment, make arrests. Kazakh TV channels suspended broadcasting.

Related: EU urges people in Kazakhstan to avoid escalation and violence

After a couple of days of anti-government protests, the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.

On January 5, a state of emergency was declared all over Kazakhstan amid massive fuel price protests.

Besides, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes six post-Soviet states, has approved the deployment of troops into Kazakhstan, where mass protests accompanied by riots are currently taking place.


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