Kazakhstan violence “fuelled by leadership power struggle” – BBC News

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The authorities in Kazakhstan say recent violence on the streets, which is said to have claimed dozens of lives, was “an organised attack” on the state.

They’ve blamed the unrest on “armed extremists” who they say were trained abroad.  

However there’s growing evidence that a power struggle within Kazakhstan’s ruling elites fuelled the violence.  

 Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Steve Rosenberg in Kazakhstan’s biggest city, Almaty.

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In This Story: Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country mainly located in Central Asia with a smaller portion west of the Ural River in Eastern Europe.

Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country. It has a population of 18.3 million residents, and has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Since 1997, the capital is Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana. It was moved from Almaty, the country’s largest city.

Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence during the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Kazakhstan is the most dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region’s GDP, primarily through its oil and gas industry. It also has vast mineral resources. Kazakhstan is a member of the United Nations (UN), WTO, CIS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Eurasian Economic Union, CSTO, OSCE, OIC, CCTS, and TURKSOY.

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