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Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has asked a Russian-led military alliance for help in stopping mass protests.
Kazakhstan’s cities seemed to be returning to calm after days of violent protests sparked by high fuel prices.
The issue has fueled people’s long-standing grievances against inequality, corruption and a lack of democracy in the former Soviet republic.
The government called the protesters “terrorists” and called for a Russia-led military alliance to help stop the unrest.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev thanked Russia’s Vladimir Putin for sending 2,500 soldiers from the local Organization for Collective Security Treaty (CSTO).
Tokayev on Friday ordered Kazakh security forces to shoot without warning to quell the nationwide uprising.
So, what will Moscow benefit from this intervention?
And what happens now to the Kazakh people’s calls for political change?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Cholpon Orozobekova – Director of the Bulan Institute for Peace Innovations
Maxim Suchkov – Specialist on Russian policy and foreign affairs at the Russian Council on International Affairs
Theresa Fallon – Director at the Center for Russia Europe Asian Studies