What is behind the protests in Kazakhstan? | News

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The violent demonstrations in Kazakhstan were triggered by rising fuel prices.

After the president asked for help quelling large-scale protests across the country, a Russian-led coalition has dispatched what it calls “peacekeepers” to Kazakhstan.

They started on January 1, when the government announced a sharp increase in fuel prices. Anger and violence followed.

In order to quell the riots, the government resigned.

The President subsequently declared a two-week state of emergency across the country and shut down the Internet.

But the protests escalated into calls for a leadership change.

So what is the next step for this former Soviet republic?

host: Kim Vernell


Asya Tulesova – political activist

Bruce Pannier-senior reporter and correspondent for Radio Free Europe, specializing in Central Asia

Viktor Olevich-Chief Expert of the Center for Actual Politics