During the crisis that erupted in Kazakhstan, seen by some observers as an insurgency and / or a coup attempt, and by others as a hybrid attack, Russia’s intervention at the helm of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (OTSC) has targeted less the networks of former President Nursultan Nezarbayev than the former Soviet secret biological warfare laboratories whose conversion is funded by the US Pentagon in this large, landlocked and wealthy Central Asian country .
This important information which we accidentally received remains completely unknown to the official media.
From the start of the crisis, unconfirmed information but included in “oriented” accounts on social networks reported the taking or capture by strangers of a laboratory for research on biological weapons near Almaty. According to other versions, it was a laboratory of the national scientific center for highly contagious diseases. This is the site that units of the Russian 93rd Airborne Division first captured. Another reference laboratory in terms of biological vectors would also have been the target of an assault led by CBRN units (Chemical, Bacteriological, Radiological and Nuclear).
The four other targeted sites are those which housed the experimentation and production base of Stepnogorsk, the scientific agricultural research institute of Gvardeyski, the Almaty plague research institute. Test sites like Vozrojdenya Island in the Aral Sea were not affected by CSTO military operations. These sites were all part of Biopreparat during the Soviet era before being either abandoned or dismantled after the dissolution of the former USSR during the period 1991-1992. In 1993, Kazakhstan founded the National Center for Biotechnology, and experts from the US Department of Defense began to assess Kazakh sites from 1995 with a view to converting the old military program to civilian. In December 2004, Kazakhstan and the United States have signed an Agreement in order to reduce the risks of proliferation of biological weapons and especially the pathogens likely to be used in an attack of the biological asymmetric type. In this context, the US government has funded several laboratories including the national reference for an official amount of USD 103 million in addition to another site in the village of Otar, region of Jambol (Jambylskaya) intended to prevent and detect the emergence of new epidemic diseases throughout the Region. In total, Washington is allocating more than 400 million USD to this program that Moscow viewed with suspicion from the years 2009-2010. More recently during the Sino-American exchange of accusations on the origin of COVID, accounts affiliated with the government of the People’s Republic of China had suggested that US activities in Kazakhstan would include the development of new known or widespread virus variants and even the spread of localized epidemics in parts of the world on an experimental basis. What Washington saw as a mixture of propaganda and conspiracy.
In hindsight, it seems that the Russians were very attentive to these assumptions. Biological laboratories have been the main target of the intervention of Russian forces alongside strategic infrastructures and certain voices in Moscow call for this unexpected opportunity to be seized to end the activities of the US military in Central Asia in general and in Kazakhstan in particular.
This is an unrecognized aspect of a hybrid war that is likely to last.