ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN JANUARY 11, 2022: Russian CSTO peacekeepers patrol a street. Kazakhstan has been gripped by unrest

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN JANUARY 11, 2022: Russian CSTO peacekeepers patrol a street. Kazakhstan has been gripped by unrest following protests in the towns of Zhanaozen and Aktau in western Kazakhstan which were sparked by rising fuel prices on 2 January 2022. Kazakhstan s President Tokayev has declared a 2 week state of emergency over mass unrest in the country and asked the Collective Security Treaty Organisation CSTO for assistance. On 6 January 2022, according to a decision by the CSTO Collective Security Council, a peacekeeping contingent was sent to Kazakhstan for a limited period of time to stabilise and normalise the situation. Valery Sharifulin/TASS PUBLICATIONxINxGERxAUTxONLY TS11E768