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Armenian, Kazakh FMs discuss situation in Karaganda after man killed in brawl
2019-01-08 10:25:56

Armenia’s acting Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan discussed the situation in Karaganda with his Kazakh counterpart Beibut Atamkulov.

The interlocutors stressed the impermissibility of giving an ethnic coloring to the tragedy that saw a young man killed in a brawl in a local restaurant in the early hours of 2019.

The top diplomats emphasized the sensitive nature of the issue and stressed the need to exclude steps that would distort the public opinion and incite tensions.  

Some 200 protesters rallied in the central Kazakh city of Karaganda, demanding “justice” after a Kazakh man was killed in a brawl in a local restaurant in the early hours of 2019.

The young man was stabbed to death in the clash between two groups during celebrations on January 1. Three other men were hospitalized with stab wounds.

The incident in Karaganda raised ethnic tensions, after some of the protesters blamed the killing on ethnic Armenians.

In a January 3 statement the Karaganda police said three suspects - identified as Torgom Malkhasian, Sokhak Malkhasian, and Qaiyr Nadyrbekov - had been arrested. The main suspect in the case, 21-year-old Narek Gururian, remains at large.