The peacekeeping contingent sent to #Kazakhstan from Russia will include a spetsnaz company of the 76th airborne division, as well as a company of the 45th airborne special forces brigade.

More special forces brigades are expected to be sent.
Tokayev basically called for the CSTO so they can crackdown everybody in the country.

At first I expect the CSTO units to control and run airports in #Kazakhstan then they will be deployed beyond.
Here's video of Tokayev asking for the CSTO's help:

Do not expect Russia to reduce its military footprint near Ukraine because of #KazakhstanProtests.

It is going to slow the deployment of further reinforcements.
Russian military operation in Almaty is codenamed "In the Name of Peace". #Kazakhstan
President Tokayev fired Karim Massimov from the post of chairman of the National Security Committee (KNB) and appointed the former head of the State Security Service Yermek Sagimbayev to this post. #KazakhstanProtests
"The CSTO peacekeepers will be able to stay in Kazakhstan until the situation stabilizes.

They will be used mainly to ensure the safety of facilities and infrastructure", said the head of the State Duma committee Kalashnikov.

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6 Jan
Thread. #KazakhstanProtests in numbers:

✊🏼 Protestors

Wounded: 1000+
Dead: 100+
Arrested: 2400+

🚨 Police and the national guard

Wounded: 353+
Dead: 17

#KazakhstanProtests by city.


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Wounded: Unknown
Dead: Unknown
Arrested: Unknown

🚨 Police and the national guard

Wounded: Unknown
Dead: 4

✊🏼 Protestors

Wounded: 500+
Dead: 100+
Arrested: 2000+

🚨 Police and the national guard

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Dead: 13

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In 2011, more than 14 protestors were killed by police in the town as people clashed with police on the country's Independence Day, with unrest spreading to other towns.
According to Amnesty International, the massacre was a stark illustration of the country's poor human rights record.
And guess what...

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