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Kazakhstan: Updates so Far

Kazakhstan: Updates so Far

Kazakhstan is still facing unrest as new updates emerge. A high-ranking ex-official has been arrested and charged with Treason. Karim Masimov was the former head of Kazakhstan’s counterintelligence and anti-terror agency. He was being charged with attempting to overthrow the government.

The protest began as a result of the increase in LPG prices. The government decided to remove the price cap of LPG fuels. This resulted in almost doubled prices. The demonstration sprang across the nation as discontent masses express their thoughts. Recently, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev claimed that the protests were backed by a foreign terrorist. This prompted him to announce a “shoot without warning” order. He also requested assistance from Russia who has deployed paratroopers on a peace-seeking mission.

More than 4000 protesters were arrested. Many claimed they were not terrorists. In addition, the Interior Ministry announced there were 26 deaths among the demonstrators and 18 on the law enforcement side. The protests continue to proceed across the nation.

The world continues to watch as the United States urged the local government to exercise caution. The United States has emphasized a peaceful resolution to avoid unnecessary damage.

Stay tuned for updates on the situation in Kazakhstan.

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