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Protests in Kazakhstan's economic centre, Almaty, gained momentum killing and injuring thousands of people including police and civilians. The events were sparked by a doubling in the cost of liquefied petroleum gas and threaten to reverberate across the region.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev yesterday dismissed his government and declared a state of emergency. Claiming to be facing "terrorist groups" that have "received extensive training abroad", he yesterday asked for help from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), of which Russia is a member, which agreed today to send "peacekeeping forces".

Join our online panel, in partnership with Reporters Without borders, as they discuss the breaking news coming out of Kazakhstan and the international consequences.


  • Ryan Chilcote (MODERATOR: Special Correspondent at PBS NewsHour)

    Ryan Chilcote

    MODERATOR: Special Correspondent at PBS NewsHour

    Ryan Chilcote is an award-winning broadcaster, presenter, and journalist. A special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, Chilcote divides his time between reporting, video production, documentaries, and media training. Prior to setting up his own production company, Ryan served as a business correspondent and presenter at Bloomberg Television and a CNN International Correspondent.

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  • Altay Abibullayev (Ambassador-at-large)

    Altay Abibullayev


    Ambassador-at-Large at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kazakhstan

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  • Jeanne Cavelier (Journalist at Reporters Without Borders)

    Jeanne Cavelier

    Journalist at Reporters Without Borders

    Jeanne Cavelier is a Paris-based journalist working for Reporters without Borders (RSF) as the head of their Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.

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  • Dana Sanseyeva (Journalist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

    Dana Sanseyeva

    Journalist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

    Dana is a Kazakh social media producer and journalist for the Kazakh service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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  • Afzal Amin (CEO of London Expertise Ltd)

    Afzal Amin

    CEO of London Expertise Ltd

    Afzal Amin is a former British Army Officer, he was a specialist in counterinsurgency strategy with his academic research focussing on non-state actors challenging state power.
    He is currently CEO of London Expertise Ltd, a UK Based investment company specialising in infrastructure and exploration mining.
    He speaks Russian and has been engaged in Kazakhstan for 7 years where his company has offices at the Astana International Financial Centre.

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  • Joanna Lillis (Journalist and Author)

    Joanna Lillis

    Journalist and Author

    Joanna Lillis is a Kazakhstan-based journalist reporting on Central Asia who has lived and worked in the region since 2001, in Uzbekistan (2001-2005) and Kazakhstan (since 2005). Her work has featured in outlets including The Economist, the Guardian, the Independent, the Eurasianet website and Foreign Policy and POLITICO magazines.

    She is the author of the book Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan.

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