Moskovsky Komsomolets wrote, referring to residents of Nazarbayev’s native village of Shamalgan, that the ex-president visited his small homeland on January 2-3, after which he flew to the UAE through Kyrgyzstan. The Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UAE did not confirm this information.
According to The Guardian, Nazarbayev was in Nur-Sultan and engaged in “fierce negotiations” with Tokayev about a redistribution of assets. The source of the newspaper, a former Western official “with connections in Kazakhstan”, said that the struggle for power continues in the country and “there are no guarantees that everything will end painlessly.” The publication also notes that Tokayev used repressive measures to finally deprive his predecessor and his family of power. Another source stated that Nazarbayev is in China.
On the same day, Nazarbayev issued a statement for the first time since the protests. He said that he did not leave the capital anywhere, and stated that Tokayev “possesses all power” and “there is no conflict or confrontation in the elite.”