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Russian troops deployed to Kazakhstan to help quell the violent demonstrations this month have returned home.  

The troops were part of a force sent as peacekeepers by the Collective Treaty Security Organisation, a Russia-led alliance of six former Soviet states. 

The CSTO approved the force of more than 2,000 on January 5 at the request of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev after demonstrations erupted in response to rising fuel prices.

Russian CSTO peacekeepers are welcomed home at the Chkalovsky airfield as they arrive from Almaty, Kazakhstan, after their mission to quell protests

Russian CSTO peacekeepers are welcomed home at the Chkalovsky airfield as they arrive from Almaty, Kazakhstan, after their mission to quell protests

Russian CSTO peacekeepers are welcomed home at the Chkalovsky airfield as they arrive from Almaty, Kazakhstan, after their mission to quell protests

The troops were part of a force sent as peacekeepers by the Collective Treaty Security Organization, a Russia-led alliance of six former Soviet states

The troops were part of a force sent as peacekeepers by the Collective Treaty Security Organization, a Russia-led alliance of six former Soviet states

The troops were part of a force sent as peacekeepers by the Collective Treaty Security Organization, a Russia-led alliance of six former Soviet states

The CSTO approved the force of more than 2,000 on January 5 at the request of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

The CSTO approved the force of more than 2,000 on January 5 at the request of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

The CSTO approved the force of more than 2,000 on January 5 at the request of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

Russian peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization walk next to their military vehicle after leaving a Russian military plane

Russian peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization walk next to their military vehicle after leaving a Russian military plane

Russian peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization walk next to their military vehicle after leaving a Russian military plane

The protests quickly spread nationwide and descended into violence within several days. Protesters stormed government buildings and set them ablaze, and dozens of people were killed in clashes with the country’s security forces.

The Russian Defence Ministry said Saturday that all of its planes carrying troops had returned, but it was not clear whether troops from other CSTO countries remain in Kazakhstan.

It comes as a top law-enforcement official said today that 225 people died during the demonstrations that shook the country this month, a significantly higher number than previously announced.

Serik Shalabayev, head of the criminal prosecution service in the general prosecutor’s office, said 19 police officers or servicemen were among the dead, news reports said. More than 4,300 people were injured, he said.

The previous official death toll was 164. 

Demonstrations quickly spread nationwide and descended into violence within several days. Protesters stormed government buildings and set them ablaze, and dozens of people were killed in clashes with the country's security forces

Demonstrations quickly spread nationwide and descended into violence within several days. Protesters stormed government buildings and set them ablaze, and dozens of people were killed in clashes with the country's security forces

Demonstrations quickly spread nationwide and descended into violence within several days. Protesters stormed government buildings and set them ablaze, and dozens of people were killed in clashes with the country’s security forces

A top law-enforcement official said today that 225 people died during the violent demonstrations that shook the country this month, a significantly higher number than previously announced

A top law-enforcement official said today that 225 people died during the violent demonstrations that shook the country this month, a significantly higher number than previously announced

A top law-enforcement official said today that 225 people died during the violent demonstrations that shook the country this month, a significantly higher number than previously announced

Serik Shalabayev, head of the criminal prosecution service in the general prosecutor's office, said 19 police officers or servicemen were among the dead, news reports said. More than 4,300 people were injured, he said

Serik Shalabayev, head of the criminal prosecution service in the general prosecutor's office, said 19 police officers or servicemen were among the dead, news reports said. More than 4,300 people were injured, he said

Serik Shalabayev, head of the criminal prosecution service in the general prosecutor’s office, said 19 police officers or servicemen were among the dead, news reports said. More than 4,300 people were injured, he said

The Collective Security Treaty Organisation began a phased withdrawal of its peacekeeping contingent from Kazakhstan on 13 January

The Collective Security Treaty Organisation began a phased withdrawal of its peacekeeping contingent from Kazakhstan on 13 January

The Collective Security Treaty Organisation began a phased withdrawal of its peacekeeping contingent from Kazakhstan on 13 January

A rise in fuel prices sparked protests in the towns of Zhanaozen and Aktau in western Kazakhstan on January 2

A rise in fuel prices sparked protests in the towns of Zhanaozen and Aktau in western Kazakhstan on January 2

A rise in fuel prices sparked protests in the towns of Zhanaozen and Aktau in western Kazakhstan on January 2

Tokayev this week launched an unprecedented attack on predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, who handpicked him in 2019, saying his 81-year-old mentor had failed to share the Central Asian country’s vast wealth with ordinary Kazakhs.

Sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna said Saturday that Dimash Dosanov and Kairat Sharipbayev had lost their jobs in charge of the national oil transporter KazTransOil and the national gas company QazaqGaz (formerly KazTransGas) respectively.

The decisions were made ‘in accordance with the decision of the board of directors’, the fund said, without further explanation.

Kairat Sharipbayev, 58, is widely believed to be the husband of Nazarbayev’s oldest daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva.

Tokayev this week launched an unprecedented attack on predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, who handpicked him in 2019

Tokayev this week launched an unprecedented attack on predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, who handpicked him in 2019

Tokayev this week launched an unprecedented attack on predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, who handpicked him in 2019

Sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna said Saturday that Dimash Dosanov and Kairat Sharipbayev had lost their jobs in charge of the national oil transporter

Sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna said Saturday that Dimash Dosanov and Kairat Sharipbayev had lost their jobs in charge of the national oil transporter

Sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna said Saturday that Dimash Dosanov and Kairat Sharipbayev had lost their jobs in charge of the national oil transporter

The decisions were made 'in accordance with the decision of the board of directors', the fund said, without further explanation

The decisions were made 'in accordance with the decision of the board of directors', the fund said, without further explanation

The decisions were made ‘in accordance with the decision of the board of directors’, the fund said, without further explanation

On January 5, Kazakhstans President Tokayev dismissed the cabinet and declared a two-week state of emergency in the Mangistau and Almaty regions

On January 5, Kazakhstans President Tokayev dismissed the cabinet and declared a two-week state of emergency in the Mangistau and Almaty regions

On January 5, Kazakhstans President Tokayev dismissed the cabinet and declared a two-week state of emergency in the Mangistau and Almaty regions

Tokayev also promised an overhaul of a private recycling monopoly tied to Aliya Nazarbayeva that activists say is responsible for a spike in car prices

Tokayev also promised an overhaul of a private recycling monopoly tied to Aliya Nazarbayeva that activists say is responsible for a spike in car prices

Tokayev also promised an overhaul of a private recycling monopoly tied to Aliya Nazarbayeva that activists say is responsible for a spike in car prices

Dosanov, 40, is the husband of Nazarbayev’s youngest daughter, Aliya Nazarbayeva, 41.

Tokayev also promised an overhaul of a private recycling monopoly tied to Aliya Nazarbayeva that activists say is responsible for a spike in car prices.

QazaqGaz was one of the companies that the president blamed for the historic crisis that began with peaceful protests over a spike in prices for Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), a popular fuel due to its affordability. 

Nazarbayev, whose presidency began before the breakup of the Soviet Union, is still recognised as Kazakhstan’s ‘Leader of the Nation’ – a constitutional status that affords him immunity from prosecution and policymaking privileges.

Often referred to as Kazakhstan’s top decision-maker before the crisis began, he has not been seen in public since the end of last year.

Nazarbayev has three daughters.

Middle daughter Dinara Kulibayeva’s husband, Timur Kulibayev, is viewed as one of the country’s richest men with extensive interests in the eerngy sector. Together the pair control Kazakhstan’s largest commercial bank, Halyk.

QazaqGaz was one of the companies that the president blamed for the historic crisis that began with peaceful protests over a spike in prices for Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), a popular fuel due to its affordability

QazaqGaz was one of the companies that the president blamed for the historic crisis that began with peaceful protests over a spike in prices for Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), a popular fuel due to its affordability

QazaqGaz was one of the companies that the president blamed for the historic crisis that began with peaceful protests over a spike in prices for Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), a popular fuel due to its affordability

Nazarbayev, whose presidency began before the breakup of the Soviet Union, is still recognised as Kazakhstan's 'Leader of the Nation'

Nazarbayev, whose presidency began before the breakup of the Soviet Union, is still recognised as Kazakhstan's 'Leader of the Nation'

Nazarbayev, whose presidency began before the breakup of the Soviet Union, is still recognised as Kazakhstan’s ‘Leader of the Nation’

Often referred to as Kazakhstan's top decision-maker before the crisis began, he has not been seen in public since the end of last year

Often referred to as Kazakhstan's top decision-maker before the crisis began, he has not been seen in public since the end of last year

Often referred to as Kazakhstan’s top decision-maker before the crisis began, he has not been seen in public since the end of last year

Source: dailymail

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