Apocalypse city // What happens in rebellious Almaty

The riots that engulfed Almaty on January 2 are still not over. Day and night in the city you can hear shooting, on the streets you can find cars riddled with bullets with the dead, whether there is power here or not, it is impossible to understand. One thing is certain: the security forces control the central square near the burnt-out building of the city akimat. There is no Internet, mobile communications work intermittently, sweeps are being carried out in the city. The most frequent sounds here – so frequent that you gradually get used to them – are the sounds of gunshots. Rare passers-by do not even flinch from them. …

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