So you’ve seen the headlines by now,

“Is a Russian Invasion of Kazakhstan on the Horizon?”- Georgetown Security Studies Review

“Should Kazakhstan Fear A Crimea-style Russian Invasion?- TRT World Magazine

“The Potential Fallout Should Kazakhstan Become Russia’s Next Ukraine”- The Week

“Putin dreams of a Russian Sphere Of Influence in Kazakhstan”- Washington Post

About a week ago, a rise in fuel prices in the western part of Kazakhstan sparked protests locally that then spread nationally.  Not so much about fuel prices as government corruption, inequality and living under a virtual dictatorship in leader,  Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the handpicked successor of the previous dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who ruled Kazakhstan from its independence in 1991 up until 2019.

Perhaps hundreds have been killed, thousands have been arrested.  Police have shoot to kill orders against demonstrations and the power and internet in the country are down.

The reports that Russia has sent 2,500 troops into the country is true but it isn’t the whole truth.  Tokayev invoked something called, the  Collective Security Treaty Organization comprised of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. HRiussie did this by accusing the protestors of being terrorists which triggered the mutual defense part of the pact with these other countries. It was probably done at the prompting of Russian President Vladamir Putin.