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Kazakhstan: Russian CSTO troops guard Almaty airport

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Mandatory credit: Russian Ministry of Defence

Units of the Russian branch of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) collective peacekeeping forces sent to the Republic of Kazakhstan were seen protecting state and military facilities, including the main international airport in the city of Almaty, on Monday.
The troops were on duty at observation towers around the clock, patrolling the areain and around the airport in APCs and on foot, as well as using drones to monitor the situation.
Unauthorised rallies began in the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan on Sunday after prices for liquefied gas rose from 60 to 120 tenge (€0.12 to €0.24; $0.14 to $0.28) per litre from January 1. The price hike came after the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas citing a need to liberalise the market.
Over 160 protesters have reportedly been killed in riots, including more than 100 in Almaty.
The country’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday accepted the resignation of the country’s government, which will continue to perform its duties until a new cabinet of ministers is formed. The authorities have also announced restored price caps on liquefied petroleum in response to the unrest.
According to the republic’s Ministry of Health, more than 1,000 people have been injured during the ongoing protests and almost 400 hospitalised.

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