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Kazakh Officer Fired Over Gangland Jargon In New Year’s Message

ASTANA — A Kazakh police officer who proudly called the Central Asian nation’s police forces a “gang” in a New Year’s greeting has been sacked.

A Kazakh Interior Ministry spokesman, Almas Sadubaev, said on Facebook on January 3 that the officer, identified as A.R. Tastaibekov, had been fired and his supervisors officially reprimanded.

Sadubaev said Tastaibekov, the deputy chief in charge of first-year cadets at the Police Academy in the central city of Qaraghandy, was fired for “committing an action that discredits state services.”

In a video that went viral on social networks, the officer used criminal jargon in reference to the police and hints at corrupt ties within law enforcement.

He wishes for “prosperity to Kazakhstan, so that our bratva” — a term that means criminal gang, band, or brotherhood — “and our successors in the seventh generation can continue using our connections.”