Seerist gives four days warning of State of Emergency

Alerts from Seerist about a decline in stability in Kazakhstan preceded the outbreak of protests, giving security teams time to prepare. As the situation deteriorated, Verified Events and Risk Ratings kept the team up to date on security and civil unrest risks.

DECEMBER 31, 2021

Seerist’s PulseAI score starts to drop from a high

Seerist’s PulseAI score for Kazakhstan started dropping 48 hours before protests began in the western city of Zhanaozen.

JANUARY 2, 2022

Protests begin, PulseAI reaches bottom of 60-day average range
Kazakhstan's Pulse Score

When the protests started, the score had dropped 14 points. Using machine learning to continually update risk assessments, PulseAI measured a decline in stability that signaled these protests – against the government’s decision to end fuel price caps – were the most significant in years.

This notification of dropping stability from PulseAI corresponded with a human-derived alert verifying the size, scale and impact of the protests in Zhanaozen.


Deadly protests trigger four Hotspots

On 4 January, the government pledged to bring back fuel price caps, but PulseAI alerted users to continued unrest, dropping another 8 points from its average range in the region. Four Hotspots – machine learning-driven indicators of abnormal activity – were triggered in central and southwest Kazakhstan and near Almaty, allowing Seerist users to track the spread of unrest.

Hotspots in Kazakhstan


State of Emergency declared

The Security and Civil Unrest Risk Ratings for the whole of Kazakhstan were increased from ‘Low’ to ‘Medium’.


Russian-led forces deploy to Kazakhstan

On January 6, as Russian-led forces deployed to Kazakhstan to try and control the situation, PulseAI recovered one point and forecast a short-term rise in stability.

The deployment of CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization] troops and Kazakhstani forces’ use of lethal force against protesters – confirmed through video footage and reports from the ground on 5 and 6 January–are likely to reduce protesters’ willingness to take to the streets. We consider a stabilization in the security environment in the next week increasingly likely as a result. However, in the coming days, the situation will remain confused and volatile, and operators should expect continuing violence linked to the forceful security force response to protest activity.

*Analysis provided by strategic partnership with Control Risks

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