07 January 2022
In her new article „Kazakhstan unrest: another regional headache for Vladimir Putin“ Bucerius Fellow Liana Semchuk analyzed the impacts of the deployment of peacekeeping troops from of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) on January 6 in response to a plea from the country’s embattled president, Kassym-Jormat Tokayev.
„Ultimately – and thanks to the intervention of CSTO forces – the Tokayev regime’s chances of restoring control have notably increased. But the presence of foreign troops in the country could also fuel further public resentment. This may galvanise more protests, raising the question of whether the regime’s survival will hinge on continued – and maybe even greater – Russian support."