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Political Commentator. Photographer. Football Pundit. Interests: South Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe. Prev. bylines: @openDemocracy and @Jerusalem_Post
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Jan 6,
Thread. #KazakhstanProtests in numbers:

✊🏼 Protestors

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

🚨 Police and the national guard

Wounded: 353+
Dead: 17

#Kazakhstan #KazakhstanProtests by city.

Shymkent

✊🏼 Protestors

Wounded: Unknown
Dead: Unknown
Arrested: Unknown

🚨 Police and the national guard

Wounded: Unknown
Dead: 4
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Jan 6,
Turkey and the UAE have been at loggerheads because of Turkish allegations that the Emirates had funded a failed 2016 military attempt to topple President Erdogan and Emirati objections to Turkish support for political Islam, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey and the UAE have fought military and political proxy battles in Libya, Syria, the Eastern Mediterranean, and France, where they were on opposite sides of the divide.
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Jan 6,
Pakistani political and military leaders have vowed to eradicate ultra-conservative religious extremism that drove a mob to torture, brutally lynch a Sri Lankan national, and burn his body in the eastern city of Sialkot. 235 people arrested in connection with the killing.
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Jan 6,
If you are interested in Kazakhstan's political sphere, read more Zhanaozen massacre.

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.
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Jan 6,
Iranian support for Arab militias has long threatened Iran’s foes, unable to develop an effective counterstrategy. A string of recent events suggests that the usefulness of at least some of the militias in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Palestine is fading as their popularity reduced and relations with Tehran encounter headwinds.
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Jan 6,
Nursultan Nazarbayev was the last barricade blocking a Russian-Kazakh confrontation.

But as he got older and weaker, Putin managed to beat him. Most Kazakh activists pushing for Russian inherited from Soviet days to take second place to Kazakh as the country’s primary language.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov charged that xenophobia had sparked several attacks on Russian speakers in Kazakhstan.
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Jan 6,
Thread. Good morning. Another turbulent day is expected in #Kazakhstan.

Shootout at Republix square in Almaty (Source: Sputnik Kazakhstan)

#KazakhstanProtests The military on armored personnel carriers and armored vehicles managed to encircle protestors in Almaty's city centre.

#Kazakhstan #KazakhstanProtests
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Jan 6,
Thread.

Uranium price rose 8% amid protests in Kazakhstan.

Photo of the day:

The mayor's office in Almaty, Kazakhstan burns after being set alight by protesters. © Valery Sharifulin

#KazakhstanProtests #Kazakhstan It is not clear yet how the unrest in Kazakhstan will evolve, and what role Nursultan Nazarbayev will play in them, but it seems certain that the protests will alter the historical legacy he had imagined he would leave.
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Jan 6,
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.
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Jan 5,
Thread. Protests in Kazakhstan.

Protestors from the city of Semey.

#ProtestsInKazakhstan #Kazakhstan Some protestors beating up soldiers and taking their uniforms. #Kazakhstan
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Jan 5,
Thread. Last major protests in post-Soviet states:

🇦🇲 Armenia: Calls for resignation of PM Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of the II Karabakh war (Feb 2021)
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Pro-Karabakh war protests (Jul 2020) 🇧🇾 Belarus: Protests against the Belarusian government and President Alexander Lukashenko (May 2020)

🇲🇩 Moldova: Demonstrations against the pro-Russian prime minister Ion Chicu (Nov 2020)
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Jan 5,
Live scenes from Almaty. #KazakhstanProtests Smoke is coming from "Nur Otan" building in Auezov district. #KazakhstanProtests
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Jan 4,
Thread. Azerbaijani photographer Kamal Babayev today passed away. So here's my tribute to him.

Picture: Composer Gara Garayev Image Babayev was born in Baku.

From 1953 he worked as a photojournalist in the magazine "Pioneer" & a freelance worker at the Azerbaijan State Museum of Art, from 1959 - an employee of this museum, where he worked until his death as a photographer.

Photo: Painter Alakbar Rzaguliyev Image
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Jan 4,
Putin often uses his judo background for politics.

In the domestic and foreign policy arenas, he constantly bulks up his opponents and probes for physical and psychological weaknesses. Putin always loves to test his opponents to see if they mean what they say: will they also be prepared to fight, and fight to the end?

If they are not, then he will exploit their empty threats to show them up, intimidate, deter, and defeat them.
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Jan 3,
Thread. The photography of Elina Brotherus

Finnish photography and video artist Elina Brotherus was born in 1972 in Helsinki.

Her early work dealt with personal yet universal experiences, the presence and absence of love. In her series The New Painting (2000-2005), Brotherus probed the relation of photography to art history and found inspiration in the iconography of classical painting.
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Jan 3,
Thread. 2022 will be a huge year in Russian foreign policy.

China and Russia have strengthened their political, economic and military relations in 2021 and they will be bolstering this partnership even more this year. Moscow looks to Beijing for support of its goal in occupying parts of Ukraine, as well as a conduit to show Moscow can still play a role in Asia.

Meanwhile, Beijing needs Russian weapons, energy and support against Western pressure.

Expect typical old-fashioned balance of power
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Jan 3,
Thread. Biden threatened Putin with cutting Russia off from the global electronic-payment-messaging system known as SWIFT if fears is a new Kremlin plan to invade Ukraine.

But I do not think Putin is scared of this scenario. And here's why: Yes, SWIFT can do a lot of damage to Russia since the country is deeply integrated into the global financial community.

However, the Kremlin is going push SPFS internationally as a possible solution for cross-border transactions.
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Jan 2,
The Kremlin’s sabre-rattling in Ukraine has reignited the debate in Finland as to whether the Nordic country should join NATO, defying demands from Moscow that seek to limit expansion of the military alliance in Europe. Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin's (SDP) New Year's message emphasised Finland's possibility to apply for membership in NATO:

"Finland retains the option of applying for NATO membership," Marin said as Russia has demanded the western alliance halt its eastward expansion.
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Jan 2,
Radio broadcasting began in Azerbaijan since the creation of the first commercial broadcast station on November 6, 1926.

The first words ever spoken on the radio were "Baku speaks!".

Interestingly, until 1928 - Only Baku and Absheron peninsula had access to local radio. Speaking of first words...

On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse tapped a message of dots and dashes from the Supreme Court chamber in the U.S. Capitol to his partner in Baltimore.

The first words ever telegraphed were, “What hath God wrought?” – a phrase found in Numbers 23:23.
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Jan 1,
Big uproar in Azerbaijani social media after Major General Polad Hashimov's mother (pictured) made serious allegations about lieutenant general Karim Valiyev.

In 20202, very respected Major General Polad Hashimov, along with Colonel Ilgar Mirzayev, were killed. On social media, many Azerbaijanis still accuse Najmaddin Sadikov of giving their coordinates to Armenia, which also led to Hashimov's death.

Sadikov had been Azerbaijan’s top military officer since 1993, the chief of general staff of the armed forces & a deputy defense minister
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Jan 1,
New year. New vibe. New photography thread.

Revered in photographic circles, Vladimir Lagrange had a considerable impact on modern photojournalism in Russia.

The photographer was 24 when he won his first trophy at an international photo contest in Budapest. Since then, the photographer made a lot of waves working for Soviet and foreign magazines, including Paris Match.

Photo: The 'granny', 1961 © Vladimir Lagrange
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