Russian intervention in Kazakhstan risks ‘destabilising its ethnic divides’

Large-scale popular unrest in Kazakhstan this week has produced running battles between protesters and state security forces in the main city Almaty with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday authorising forces to “fire without warning”. Tokayev’s decision to call in troops from a Russian-led military alliance could further destabilise Kazakhstan and the wider Central Asian region.

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