In January this year, Kazakhstan experienced a series of large protests, sparked by the sudden increase of fuel prices, after the government had removed a previously enforced price cap.
Protestors’ demands and grievances varied widely. They included oil workers as well as liberal activists in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. Young people throughout the country also joined in.
Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reacted by declaring a state of emergency and announced that the Collective Security Treaty Organization will step in to help the Kazakh forces to protect the strategic facilities.
Join this EURACTIV Debate to discuss the recent unrest that shook Kazakhstan and the way forward in building back better. Will the recent internal strife prompt real change? How will president Tokayev move forward? How will the demands and needs of protesters be addressed?
– Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan
– Luc Devigne, Deputy Managing Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, EEAS
– Andris Ameriks MEP, Vice-Cair DCAS Committee, European Parliament
– Dr. Christopher Primiano, Director, China and Central Asia Studies Center (CCASC)
– Dr. Luca Anceschi, Professor of Eurasian Studies, University of Glasgow