CSTO begins withdrawal from Kazakhstan

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 12 Jan 2022 by Alex Teddy

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 visited Almaty for the first time since December 2021. The city was the vortex of the anarchy that reigned at the start of the month.

The Russian government announced that it is flying out some Russian citizens who do not feel safe in Kazakhstan.

The CSTO seems to have proved its worth. Some had said it was an irrelevance. It did not intervene in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan or Belarus. It is not supposed to intervene in solely domestic issues but Belarus insisted that its travails were a foreign conspiracy.

The UN called on Kazakhstan to stop its excessive use of lethal force against protesters. The UN's special rapporteur on counter-terrorism said Kazakhstan mis-characterized people as ''terrorists'' when they were not.

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