Russian troops return from Kazakhstan

On the demand of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the CSTO confirmed the deployment of more than 2,000 soldiers on Jan. 5

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Russian troops returning from Kazakhstan
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According to Russia’s military ministry, troops deployed to Kazakhstan as a result of violent protests have returned home.

The troops were part of a peacekeeping force deployed by the Collective Treaty Security Organization, a Russia-led coalition of six former Soviet republics.

On the demand of Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the CSTO confirmed the deployment of more than 2,000 soldiers on Jan. 5.

The protests erupted on January 2 in response to a dramatic spike in fuel prices. They immediately escalated across the country and deteriorated into bloodshed within days.

Hundreds of people were murdered in conflicts with the country’s security forces when protesters attacked government facilities and set them on fire.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, all of Russia’s troop-carrying airplanes have returned. It’s uncertain whether additional CSTO countries’ forces are still stationed in Kazakhstan.

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