ODKB peacekeeping troops are sent to Kazakhstan
Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan send 3600 military to Kazakhstan to help with stabilization of situation
Situation in Kazakhstan continues to be unstable. Overnight in Almaty rioters tried to take over by storm building of police headquarters and tens of them were eliminated by police forces Russian Free Press reports. At the same time as of the morning of January 6th 12 law enforcement officers are reported to be dead, and Kazakh Ministry of Health says there are at least 1000 people wounded, both from the ranks of law enforcement and protesters, and 60 of them are in critical condition in ICUs across the country.
Under the umbrella of ODKB, defense treaty organization with Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan as members, 3,600 hundred troops are being sent to Kazakhstan. Russia's main goal is to defend its assets in Kazakhstan, like spaceship launch pad Baikonur and it looks like overall this force won't be used for riots suppression, but instead will focus on the defense of civilian and military infrastructure objects.
In Russia leader of the parliamentary opposition party, KPRF (Communist party of Russia), Gennady Zyuganov in his statement to press says that events in Kazakhstan should give a reason to think of the situation in Russia to president Putin since galloping inflation, especially on food prices, where it has reached 20% on average during past year, makes the situation in country unstable.
From my point of view riots in Kazakhstan could not have come at a better time as they send a clear signal to Russian ruling class and to Duma (parliament) in particular ahead of their debates and voting on QR codes federal law that, if passed, would be tantamount to Russia treating its citizens as slaves with digital cattle tags. If they will actually hear that warning signal remains to be seen.
First analysis of the situation begins to appear both on official and unofficial channels. Russian propaganda, like Putin's chief apologist Mikhail Hazin, says that Britain is behind these destabilizing events in the biggest Central Asian state (Kazakhstan has 7,500 km border with Russia only). Better quality analysis comes out of Ukraine by their analyst, Sergey Belashko, affiliated with YT channel Pershiy Kozatskiy, where objectively he is recognizing that in case current president Tokayev will manage to overcome this crisis, he'll become the greatest beneficiary of the situation, since that's going to allow him to consolidate the power away from former president Nazarbaev. Dmitry Dzhangirov echoes that sentiment in his comment on the situation. “Kremlin know it all” Telegram channel Nezygar' blames Nazarbaev and his clan for the riot organization, but that doesn't make much sense since rioters were overthrowing Nazarbaev's monument and yelling “Shal Ket!” (get out of here, old man!). Of course, various Soros funded organizations try to make it look like they are in charge of these riots, but it doesn't appear to be the case.
I'll continue watching the situation and will provide update as new important developments will emerge.
By Stanley Sheppard