Sh*t hits fan in Kazakhstan (and where’s Hunter?)

Recent events in Kazakhstan have alerted the world to possible intervention by Russia in its back yard. The former Soviet satellite is currently experiencing a true insurrection. The people of the Republic are protesting a massive increase in energy prices (natural gas which is used for almost everything in the country). Thousands flocked to the streets with horses and firearms, to protest rising fuel prices and a collapsing economy. Hours later, the Kazakh government resigned.  Protestors seized government buildings in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. Dozens of protestors were killed in the night and early morning of 5 and 6 January, according to a police spokesperson.

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ordered security forces to “kill without warning” to crush the violent protests that have paralyzed the former Soviet republic and reportedly left dozens dead.

In a defiant public address Friday, Tokayev claimed the unrest, which began earlier this week as protests against rising fuel prices, had been masterminded by well-trained “terrorist bandits” from both inside and outside the country. He has also fired the Deputy Secretary of the country’s Security Council, Azamat Abdymomunov and cut off the internet which also shut down ATMs and other vital infrastructure.

After days of mounting unrest in Kazakhstan, troops from the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) have begun to arrive in the authoritarian Central Asian country at the request of Tokayev, an event which is being reported as offering “peacekeeping” services.

On Friday Jan 7, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US remained “very concerned about the ongoing state of emergency” in Kazakhstan, and has questions about the country’s request for peacekeeping forces from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of former Soviet states that includes Russia.

Regarding the presence of Russian forces in Kazakhstan, Blinken said “one lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave.”

This distraction must be irritating Putin who is currently eyeing up the invasion of Ukraine. He has already cut their fuel supplies and desperately wants access to the Ukraine seaports*, particularly Odessa, Ilyichevsk and Yuzhniy, all situated not far from each other in the north-western part of the Black Sea. 

And the Biden Administration? Forever compromised by Hunter and his shenanigans

*Ukraine’s ports

Ukraine possesses the most powerful port potential among all countries of the Black Sea region. Along its Black and Azov Seas coastline there are 18 merchant seaports: Reni, Izmail, Ust-Dunaisk, Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy, Ilyichevsk, Odessa, Yuzhniy, Nikolaev, Oktyabrsk, Kherson, Skadovsk, Yevpatoria, Sevastopol, Yalta, Theodosia, Kerch, Berdyansk, Mariupol, as well as 12 port points.

The waterfront and port territories are equipped with about 600 gantry cranes, thousands of lift trucks of different types and other units of port machinery. These ports have over 330,000 sq. m. of sheltered warehouses and over 2.5 million sq. m of open storage yards.