Russian troops sent to quash Kazakhstan unrest

Russian military vehicles were loaded up onto cargo planes on Thursday (January, 6) and deployed to Kazakhstan, amid growing unrest in the country.

The deployment came in response to an appeal from the Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, to help put down a countrywide uprising in one of Russia's closest former Soviet allies, whilst also helping Moscow secure its interests in the oil and uranium-producing Central Asian nation.

Kazakhstan is experiencing the worst violence in its 30 years of independence. The uprising, which began as protests against a New Year's Day fuel price hike, has escalated in recent days with demonstrators storming public buildings and rioting in the streets.

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