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‘Kazakhstan’s deadly violence was an attempted coup’: President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev described the deadly violence last week as an attempted coup. He told leaders of a military alliance of ex-Soviet states the action had been co-ordinated by a “single centre”, but did not name those responsible. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Kazakhstan had been targeted by international terrorism, but provided no evidence […]

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Kazakhstan Unrest: At least 164 killed this week, nearly 6,000 detained over fuel hike protests

More than a hundred people have died in Kazakhstan in the wake of violent riots this week, authorities said.The energy-rich nation of 19 million people has been rocked by a week of upheaval with nearly 6,000 detained over the unrest.At least 164 people were killed in the riots, including 103 in the largest city Almaty, […]

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Kazakhstan’s former security chief arrested for treason amid violent protests

The former head of Kazakhstan’s domestic intelligence agency has been detained on suspicion of high treason after he was fired amid violent protests. The National Security Committee, or KNB, said in a statement on Saturday its former chief Karim Masimov was arrested on Thursday after it launched an investigation into charges of high treason. Karim […]

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Kazakhstan’s government can deal with the protests by itself, Russia was not needed: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has questioned Kazakhstan’s decision to seek Russian military aid to deal with an ongoing wave of violent unrest.Dozens of people have been killed in protests triggered by a rise in fuel prices, but Mr Blinken said the US believes that the Kazakh government can deal with the protests itself.He […]

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Kazakhstan: Scores dead in violent crackdown after government orders ‘fire without warning’

Kazakhstan’s authoritarian leader says he has ordered security forces to “fire without warning”, amid a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also said “20,000 bandits” had attacked the main city of Almaty, the epicentre of protests sparked by a fuel price hike. He blamed foreign-trained “terrorists”, without giving evidence. The interior ministry says […]

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At least 2,500 Russian-led forces fly into Kazakhstan amid crackdown on anti-government protesters

Russian-led force has arrived in Kazakhstan at the request of the country’s authoritarian president, amid a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. Machine gun fire reverberated through the largest city Almaty after days of unrest sparked by a fuel price hike. Officials have reported deaths of police and protesters. The president has blamed foreign-trained “terrorists”, without […]

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Kazakhstan security forces have killed dozens of anti-government rioters in crackdown

Security forces in Kazakhstan say they have killed dozens of anti-government rioters in an operation to restore order in the main city, Almaty. They moved in after protesters tried to take control of police stations in the city, a police spokeswoman said. Twelve members of the security forces have been killed and 353 injured in […]

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Kazakhstan government resigns after fuel price increase triggers mass violent protests

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted the government’s resignation on Wednesday after a fuel price increase in the oil-producing Central Asian country triggered protests in which nearly 100 police were injured. Police used tear gas and stun grenades late on Tuesday to drive hundreds of protesters out of the main square in Almaty, the former Soviet […]

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Kazakhstan declares state of emergency after protests against gas prices turn violent

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a two-week state of emergency in the Central Asian nation’s biggest city Almaty and in the western Mangistau province where protests turned violent, his office said on Wednesday. The move includes an 11:00pm to 7:00am curfew, movement restrictions, and a ban on mass gatherings, according to documents published on the […]

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Russian film crew return to Earth after shooting aboard International Space Station

A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed after a 3.5 hour trip from the International Space Station. The capsule, descending under a red-and-white striped parachute after entering Earth’s atmosphere, landed upright in the steppes of Kazakhstan with cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko aboard. […]

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Russia cargo begins two-day trek to International Space Station after lift off from Kazakhstan base

An un-crewed cargo space craft lifted off to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday. The Progress MS-17 lifted off atop a Soyuz rocket from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 4:27am local time. It’s scheduled to dock at the station two days later, delivering food, fuel, equipment and supplies […]

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Kazakhstan’s ruling party tops parliamentary elections amid opposition boycott

Nur Otan, Kazakhstan’s ruling party, topped the preliminary results in Kazakhstan’s January 10 parliamentary elections. According to the Central Election Commission, Nur Otan led by First President Nursultan Nazarbayev captured 71.1 percent in the election, which the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said “lacked genuine competition.” Two other parties, both with seats […]