West must stand up to Russia in Kazakhstan, opposition leader says

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By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) – The West must pull Kazakhstan out of Moscow’s orbit or Russian President Vladimir Putin will draw the Central Asian state into “a structure like the Soviet Union”, a former minister who is now a Kazakh opposition leader told Reuters. Protests that began as a response to a fuel price rise swelled this week into a broad movement against Nursultan Nazarbayev, who stepped aside as president in 2019 after decades in office but has remained the real power in Kazakhstan. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Nazarbayev’s hand-picked successor, has called in forces f…

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