Wednesday, August 10

Kazakhstan: the reasons behind the massive protests in the authoritarian ex-Soviet country why its government asks Putin for help

  • Olga Ivshina & Kateryna Khinkulova
  • BBC Russia

Police fired stun grenades from a vehicle.

Image source, Reuters


Police fired stun grenades at protesters on Wednesday.

Protests in Kazakhstan against rising fuel prices have spread like wildfire across the country.

The speed at which they turned violent caught many by surprise, both locally and across the region, and suggests that it’s not just dthe rise of energy costs.

Russian-led troops will be deployed to the country to help “stabilize” it.

Here is a guide to why these protests are important.

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