Several protesters killed as Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gives security forces shoot-to-kill order

Security forces appeared to have reclaimed the streets of Kazakhstan’s main city on Friday after days of violence, and the Russian-backed president said he had ordered his troops to shoot to kill to put down a countrywide uprising. A day after Moscow sent paratroopers to help crush the insurrection, police were patrolling the debris-strewn streets… Read More Several protesters killed as Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gives security forces shoot-to-kill order

Eight dead as protests escalate in Kazakhstan

The president of ex-Soviet republic Kazakhstan appealed to a Russian-led security bloc for help on Thursday after failing to quell days of protests that have seen state buildings torched and eight security personnel reported dead. Initially angered by a fuel price rise, protesters have been storming buildings and chanting against President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s predecessor Nursultan… Read More Eight dead as protests escalate in Kazakhstan

Kazakh police detain dozens at opposition rallies

Police in Kazakhstan detained dozens of opposition supporters on Sunday who took to the streets of major cities denouncing what they called political repression in the oil-rich Central Asian nation. The ruling Nur Otan party has dominated the political scene in the former Soviet republic for almost three decades while opposition movements, sidelined and with… Read More Kazakh police detain dozens at opposition rallies

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power, in what appeared to be the first step in a choreographed political transition that will see him retain considerable sway. Known as Papa to many Kazakhs, the 78-year-old former steel worker and Communist party apparatchik has ruled the vast oil and gas-rich… Read More Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power