What Does the Uprising in Kazakhstan Mean?

The uprising against the dictatorship in Kazakhstan has been crushed as one would expect—with brutal repression and the intervention of Vladimir Putin, who sent thousands of troops under the umbrella of an alliance of highly unsavory characters he controls called the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

Two years ago, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had been in power since the days of the Soviet Union, left office and ceded his throne to the current president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. He continued to control political power by placing himself on top of a new security entity and naming himself the “father of the nation.”
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