The situation in Kazakhstan was stabilized after Russian troops intervened but they have now left the country. The incident first started as a result of the oil and gas price increase. But then the situation changed in some confusing ways when former Prime Minister Karim Massimov was arrested immediately after his dismissal and President Kassym Jomart Tokayev officially qualified the demonstrations as a “coup attempt.” What exactly is going on there?
Russia’s influence in Central Asia and in particular Kazakhstan’s dependence on Moscow will increase with this military deployment by Putin’s authorities. The Chinese Communist Party, the United States and the European Union all have substantial interests in the region. How will the situation in Kazakhstan affect the world’s political landscape?