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 - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.01.2022
Protests in Kazakhstan
On 2 January, Kazakhstan was hit by protests in the wake of a spike in fuel prices. The riots turned violent on 4 January, leading to clashes between protesters and the police, looting, killings, and deepening insecurity. The president has declared a nationwide state of emergency.

Kazakhstan: CSTO Contingent to Leave Country After Successfully Completing Peacekeeping Mission

© AP PhotoIn this image taken from video, Kyrgyzstan's peacekeepers board Russian military planes at an airfield outside Bishkek, in Kyrgyzstan to fly to Kazakhstan on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
In this image taken from video, Kyrgyzstan's peacekeepers board Russian military planes at an airfield outside Bishkek, in Kyrgyzstan to fly to Kazakhstan on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.01.2022
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Mass protests erupted in Kazakhstan last week over a twofold hike in fuel prices, and were soon followed by rioting and looting. This prompted Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to declare a nationwide state of emergency, effective until 19 January.
On Tuesday, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) peacekeeping forces have successfully completed their "main mission" in Kazakhstan and the process of withdrawal will begin in two days.
Tokayev noted that the phased withdrawal of the united CSTO peacekeeping contingent "will take no more than 10 days".
Speaking before the parliament on Tuesday, Tokayev also pointed out that Kazakhstan had appealed to the Collective Security Treaty Organidation (CSTO), requesting the peacekeepers' assistance, on legal grounds, since control over Almaty could have been lost.
"The plan of attack on Kazakhstan included a number of different aspects ... Since it was an armed aggression on the part of international terrorism, Kazakhstan legally appealed to its partners in the Collective Security Treaty with a request to send a peacekeeping contingent ... We could have completely lost control over Almaty," Tokayev told lawmakers.
He has stated that the acute phase of the counterterrorist operation in Kazakhstan had generally passed, noting that the situation is stable in all regions.
A military aircraft carrying Russian servicemen takes off from an airfield on its way to Kazakhstan, outside Moscow, Russia January 6, 2022, in this still image taken from video. Russian paratroopers have been deployed to Kazakhstan as part of a peacekeeping force that includes troops from four other former Soviet republics. - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.01.2022
Protests in Kazakhstan
CSTO Peacekeepers to Leave Kazakhstan at First Request, Once Situation Stabilizes, Ministry Says
Describing the crisis the country was engulfed by, the Kazakh president argued that a terrorist war was unleashed against Kazakhstan.

"A terrorist war was unleashed against our country. The enemy showed extreme cruelty and a readiness to take any steps. He sowed fear among the population in order to suppress even the very idea of resistance. The plan of attack on Kazakhstan included a number of different aspects: military, political, ideological, disinformation and others," Tokayev told lawmakers.

The leader lashed out at the country's National Security Committee, noting that the committee failed to detect the threat to the country's national security.
"Professionals worked on the preparation of the seizure of power in Kazakhstan," the president said, noting that the attempted coup failed.
Earlier in January, a wave of protests swept across Kazakhstan, following a twofold rise in gas prices. The Kazakh authorities said the protest were hijacked by terrorist elements seeking to topple the government.
CSTO peacekeeping forces during the Unbreakable Brotherhood-2021 military drills in Kazan, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.01.2022
Protests in Kazakhstan
CSTO Sends Peacekeepers to Kazakhstan to Stabilise Situation After Violent Riots
Tokayev declared a nationwide state of emergency, effective until 19 January, and also invited Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) peacekeeping forces to help bring the situation under control. The peacekeepers were helping with protecting vital facilities in some regions.
The country's interior ministry said that 17 Kazakh security officers were killed and over 1,300 were injured in the unrest.
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