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"Kazakhstan Unrest and Russia’s Intervention Transform Ties With Moscow: As violence grows, the Russian military deployment injects a new element into the crisis in the former Soviet republic." - SCW Newswatch: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports on civic unrest in Kazakhstan and the impact of Russian military intervention.

"... Nazarbayev steered the country along two tracks[,] [a]t home, ... strengthen[ing] ... Kazakh identity and weaken[ing] Russia’s historic influence[,] [while, in] foreign and defense policy ... hew[ing] close to the Kremlin, assuring Russia ... Kazakhstan would always remain a strategic ally. That balancing act paid off  ... until now. ... Nazarbayev ... [had] retained considerable power as head of the country’s Security Council ... [but just] lost that position to his successor .... Tokayev[] [who soon] invite[d] Russian peacekeeping troops into Kazakhstan .... As violence grows and Kazakhstan’s state displays surpris[ing] weakness ... Russian military intervention has injected a new, critical element .... [I]nternal conflict ... sparked by localized outrage over rising fuel prices ... [with] no geopolitical connotations or religious coloring now risks turning into something more perilous. ..."

Click here for: "Kazakhstan Unrest and Russia’s Intervention Transform Ties With Moscow; As violence grows, the Russian military deployment injects a new element into the crisis in the former Soviet republic" - Wall Street Journal/ Yaroslav Trofimov

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Key Words: Russia, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Former Soviet Union, Human Rights, Protests

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