Kazakhstan’s January Riots: Was the violence a reflection of real public anger or provoked by Russia’s little green men?
In this episode, John speaks with Kazakh academic Dr Nurseit Niyazbekov. Nurseit found himself in the middle of Kazakh protests in Kazakstan's largest city, Almaty. Mystery still surrounds why peaceful protests rapidly turned violent & Kazakh President Tokayev found it necessary to call for Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) troops to reimpose order. In the middle of the ongoing strategic crisis between Ukraine & Russia - was this meant to be an orchestrated display of Russian power in the post-Soviet space?