Kazakhstan seeks Russian-led alliance to quell protests

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Kazakhstan: Russian-led military troops will be deployed to help “stabilise” Kazakhstan amid anti-government demonstrations.

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said he has appealed to a Russian-led security bloc for help after failing to quell days of protests in the ex-Soviet nation that have seen state buildings torched and eight security personnel reported dead.

The Central Asian country has been rocked by protests since the start of the year against a New Year fuel price increase that on Wednesday escalated into protesters clashing with police and storming government buildings.

President Tokayev claimed the unrest was the work of foreign-trained “terrorist gangs”.

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