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The entry of peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) into Kazakhstan was timely, said the secretary general of the organization Stanislav Zas, writes RIA News with reference to the air of the TV channel “Russia-24”.

Zas called the actions of the authorities during the riots correct. “The appeal of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Kemelevich Tokayev, for assistance to the CSTO – it absolutely corresponded to the difficult situation that was developing in Kazakhstan on that day,” he assessed.

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Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 over an increase in fuel prices for cars from 60 to 120 tenge (from 10 to 20 rubles). Soon economic demands were replaced by political ones. The protesters demanded the resignation of the government, holding new elections, as well as considering the issue of lustration of people from the “clan” of the former president. Nursultan Nazarbayev.

By the evening of January 4, the rallies turned into riots. In Almaty, shops, banks were looted, the airport building, police stations, government agencies and infrastructure facilities were seized. In this regard, the republic introduced red level of terrorist danger.

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