Kazakhstan: Tokayev says Russian invaders to start withdrawing

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“A Russian-led military bloc will begin withdrawing its troops from Kazakhstan in two days’ time after fulfilling its main mission of [saving the regime from a revolt by uppity serfs in] the Central Asian country after serious unrest, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Tuesday. Tokayev told parliament he was appointing a long-serving career public servant Alikhan Smailov as prime minister and spoke of initiatives to narrow the wealth gap, raise taxes on the mining sector, and eliminate irregularities in state procurement. Tokayev, 68, last week asked the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) to send in troops at the peak of what he later said was an attempted coup d’etat whose unnamed instigators had plunged half of the oil-rich nation’s territory into violence.” (01/11/22)

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20220111-kazakhstan-s-president-says-russian-led-bloc-will-start-withdrawing-troops