Video Duration 24 minutes 20 seconds
Violent protests in Kazakhstan have been fueled by rising fuel prices.
A Russian-led alliance has sent troops he calls “peacekeepers” to Kazakhstan – after the president called for help to stop mass protests across the country.
They began on January 1, after the government announced a sharp rise in fuel prices. Outrage and violence ensued.
In an effort to calm the unrest, the government resigned.
The president then announced a two-week nationwide state of emergency and a shutdown of the Internet.
But the protests have escalated into calls for a change in leadership.
So what’s next for this former Soviet republic?
Presenter: Kim Vinelli
Asya Tulesova – Political activist
Bruce Pannier – Veteran journalist and correspondent at Radio Free Europe specializing in Central Asia
Viktor Olevich – Chief Expert at the Center for Real Politics