DISINFO: Erdogan organised failed coup in Kazakhstan to facilitate Nazarbayev's return to power
  • Outlet: it.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 14, 2022
  • Article language(s): Italian
  • Reported in: Issue 271
  • Countries / regions discussed: Turkey, Kazakhstan
Coup Protest Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

DISINFO: Erdogan organised failed coup in Kazakhstan to facilitate Nazarbayev's return to power


The failed coup in Kazakhstan was organised by Erdogan to facilitate Nursultan Nazarbayev's return to power.


This claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the January 2022 anti-government protests in Kazakhstan are part of a foreign-inspired and directed plot. No evidence was given.

The pro-Kremlin media frequently falsely portray popular protests around the world as instigated from abroad, often by the US and the West with the aim of portraying protest movements as aggressive actors supported by foreign powers who constantly prepare new coups.

The trigger and immediate cause of the protests in Kazakhstan was the government's lifting of price controls on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that took place in early January in the Western region of Manghystau and unrest soon spread to the capital.

As the Guardian reports, the official story from the Kremlin began with explanations that the protests were a military coup organised by foreign terrorists. Later the notion of a "colour revolution" is added. However, the narrative is not based on facts and contains many gaps and inconsistencies.

See also the statement by the EU High Representative here.

See similar cases claiming that The US, NATO, Turkey and radical Islamists are behind the coup attempt in Kazakhstan, that A coup in Kazakhstan was meant to divert Russia’s attention before negotiations; Outside powers prepared the colour revolution in Kazakhstan.


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