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Russian Duma to debate Donbas status as France proposes security pact with Russia
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 21 Jan 2022
On January 21 it was announced that the Russian parliament will hold a debate next week on recognizing Donbass and Luhansk as independent countries. That is despite some pro-Putin politicians saying that such a move would cause a full-scale war with Ukraine. Donbass and Luhansk are Russian-speaki...

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US Secretary of State in Ukraine
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 19 Jan 2022
On January 19 Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv for talks. The US warned Ukraine that Russia could attack any moment. Diplomatic efforts between the West and Russia have come to nought. Ukrainians are hurt that the US negotiated about them in their absence. However, the US made no concession to Russ...

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Nazarbayev says there is no power struggle in Kazakhstan
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 19 Jan 2022
On January 18 the former president made his first TV appearance since December 2021. There has been speculation that he had left the country. Nazarbayev said that Tokayev has ''full power'' and confirmed that Tokayev is chair of the Security Council.Nazarbayev said he is a pensioner and still liv...

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UK sends arms to Ukraine
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 18 Jan 2022
On January 17 the British Defense Secretary announced the shipment of anti-armor defensive weapons and some training personnel. London emphasized that these weapons are short range and do not menace Russia. The number of system sent has not been disclosed. The same day, the UK invited the Russian...

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Moldova struggles to pay for gas
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 17 Jan 2022
On January 13 the country paid its gas debt to Gazprom for gas bought in December 2021. Moldova is the second poorest country in Europe. It has trouble paying for gas as world prices are sky high.In October 2021 there was a state of emergency over gas prices. The country started buying gas from E...

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Armenia and Turkey negotiate normalization
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 17 Jan 2022
On January 14 the former deadly foes met at Moscow. They have agreed to a further round of talks. The date and venue are not yet set. Both have said there are no preconditions. Russia was happy to host talks. Armenia is heavily reliant on Russian largesse. Russia does not want to see a diminution...

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Former Ukrainian President flies home despite treason charges
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 17 Jan 2022
Petro Poroshenko returned on January 17. The treason charge is because he allegedly facilitated coal deals with pro-Moscow rebels. He says the charge is politically motivated. Hundreds of well wishers greeted him. Poroshenko said that Ukraine must stand up to Russia.Prosecutors are seeking an arr...

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More Nazarbayev relatives being removed from posts confirms his loss of power
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 17 Jan 2022
On January 15 two sons-in-law of the Leader of the Nation lost their positions. Kairat Sharipbayev was head of QazaqGas. He is married to Darigha Nazarbayeva - the eldest daughter of the Leader of the Nation. Dimash Dosanov was in the KazTranOil. Timur Kulibaev (another son in law) has been remov...

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NATO-Russia talks come to nought
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 12 Jan 2022
On January 12 the talks on Ukraine did not reach an agreement. NATO refused to rule out NATO membership. Both sides agreed to continue negotiating.Moscow wanted limits on the numbers of NATO troops deployed in Eastern Europe. NATO has not agreed to such a measure since the Cold War. Russia is off...

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CSTO begins withdrawal from Kazakhstan
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 12 Jan 2022
On January 11 President Tokayev announced that the allied troops are pulling out of the country. The pullout is due to be completed by January 21. It is a measure of how self-assured Tokayev is that he himself announced the withdrawal. He addressed parliament on the matter.On January 12 Tokayev v...

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US-Russia talks lead to nothing but more talks
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 11 Jan 2022
On January 10 negotiations in Geneva lasted 7 hours. There was no agreement but both sides said they would continue dialogue with a view to achieving detente. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister promised the US that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine. Washington reacted with skepticism and ...

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Kazakhstan returns to normal
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 11 Jan 2022 1 response
On January 10 shops were open and people were on the streets of Almaty. It was a day of mourning for the dead. Public transport was functioning.The government blamed terrorists and said many were foreign. 6,000 people have been arrested. Many are guestworkers from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The...

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Kazakh former security chief arrested
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 08 Jan 2022
On January 8 Karimov Massimov was taken into custody and accused of being a traitor. He was once Prime Minister and head of the internal intelligence agency (NBK) since 2016. On January 5 he was fired as chairman of the NBK by President Tokayev. Several years ago it had even been rumored that Mas...

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Kazakhstan: uneasy calm returns
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 07 Jan 2022 1 response
On January 7 the president said that order has largely returned. Russian troops have been deployed there at Kazakhstan's request. The government announced that 26 armed criminals have been killed. Roughly 2,300 people have been arrested. About 2,000 people have been injured. President Tokayev sai...

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Dozens killed in Kazakhstan as Russia airlifts troops in
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 06 Jan 2022
On January 6 officials reported that scores of people had been shot dead by the police in Almaty. The president said on January 5 that terrorist gangs had taken over part of the city and the airport. The airport has since been retaken by the authorities. The government says that at least 13 polic...