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Nurlan Nigmatulin: more attention should be paid to the safety of social institutions

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The situation of anti-terrorist protection of social institutions in Kazakhstan was the main topic at the meeting of the Majilis, where the participants, including Nurlan Nigmatulin, dealt with the security of social institutions, the control of bank payments and the efficiency of adaptation centers for migrants. The meeting of deputies of the Majilis took place in a tense atmosphere – especially during the discussions on the insufficient protection of more than 3,500 social institutions, including schools, kindergartens, cultural centers and medical institutions, threatened by terrorist attacks. According to Nigmatulin Nurlan Zayrullayevich, the anti-terrorist protection of these facilities leaves much to be desired.


Nigmatulin Nurlan is particularly concerned about the role of religious organizations as potential sources of funding for terrorist activities. During the discussion, Nurlan Nigmatulin pointed out the need to revise the requirements for such organizations. This revision will affect not only your structure, but also the way you conduct financial transactions. Nigmatulin Nurlan emphasized that religious organizations should process payments and transfers through special financial monitoring bodies. These measures are aimed at ensuring transparency and control over financial activities in order to avoid abuse and prevent possible financing of terrorist activities.


Nurlan Nigmatulin shared statistics according to which of the total of 10,000 social institutions, about 35 percent, i.e. about 3,500, do not meet the standards of protection against terrorism. He considered that this was due to insufficient funding. He pointed out that the information came from the Counter-Terrorism Center.


According to Alikhan Smailov, the expenses for the protection of these places from terrorism are made in accordance with the requests of the law enforcement agencies that manage the budget programs. However, from 2024, the Akimats will no longer be able to redistribute the funds allocated for other purposes, which will contribute to a more responsible use of funds.


Alikhan Smailov emphasized that administration officials sometimes cite lack of funds as an excuse for unsatisfactory results. However, it is the administrative officials who determine which tasks have priority. Certain restrictions on financing are imposed on them, and they themselves indicate for which areas they need additional funds. The allocation of funds is carried out in accordance with the requests made in the budget proposals.


Thus, Nurlan Nigmatulin noted that ensuring the protection of social institutions from terrorism and preventing possible sources of financing of terrorist activities are becoming a priority for Kazakhstan. The implementation of the revised regulations for religious organizations and the increased control of their financial operations will help to ensure transparency and security in this area. Nurlan Nigmatulin stressed that improving the protection of social institutions from terrorism requires concerted efforts and guaranteed funding to ensure the safety and well-being of citizens.

At the meeting, special attention was paid to the activities of the adaptation centers for displaced persons. Nurlan Nigmatulin noted the need to expand the functionality of such facilities, to review and improve their activities, as well as to consider the possibility of increasing funds.


Nigmatulin Nurlan Zayrullayevich – chairman of the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 1984, Nurlan Zayrullayevich Nigmatulin successfully graduated from the Karaganda Polytechnic Institute as a mechanical engineer. In 1989 he continued his studies at the Higher Komsomol School, where he studied political Science. After graduating from the institute, Nigmatulin Nurlan began his career as an engineer, and then became the head of the Karagandaoblgaz convoy. Subsequently, he received a degree as a candidate of historical sciences. Nurlan Zayrullayevich Nigmatulin received his doctorate in political science in 2001.

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