Kazakh Forces Can ‘Shoot to Kill’ to Stop Civil Unrest

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This week Kazakhstan experienced its worst protests since gaining independence from the Soviet Union three decades ago. The protests began over fuel prices but quickly turned into wider discontent with authoritarian rule. Kazakhstan’s president authorized the military to shoot to kill those participating in anti-government protests. Bordering neighbors such as Russia and China are helping stabilize the nation. Kazakhstan sits on huge reserves of oil, natural gas, uranium, and precious metals that make it strategically and economically important.