The myth of a stable Kazakhstan is shattered within a day as neighbours watch anxiously

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Screenshot from France24 YouTube channel showing police fighting back protestors in Almaty. On the map of Central Asia, Kazakhstan occupies a dominant place. Not only is it the 9th largest country in the world, it also has a regional reputation as a stable and comparatively rich society, with large resources in natural gas and oil, and a diverse and well-educated population. Yet on January 5, following demonstrations caused by a rise in prices of liquified petroleum gas, used by many to fuel their vehicles, the country dismissed its government, shut down the internet, and imposed a national cu…

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