Unrest in Kazakhstan reveals underlying weaknesses and threatens energy supply chains

Country supplies 40% of uranium

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Protests and looting at the start of the year in energy powerhouse Kazakhstan may have been quelled for now, but unrest in the former Soviet state “lifts the lid on underlying institutional weaknesses”, experts have argued.

People took to the streets in the Central Asian state following a government increase in the price of liquefied petroleum gas.  As a result, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation - Eurasia's version of NATO with Soviet origins - stepped in to help stamp out the dissent. The protesters were met with lethal force. More than 160 people were killed while almost 6,000 were arrested during the riots, according to Kazakh state news channel Khabar-24.  Afghanistan: Quality set to beat 'risk on stocks' amid global political turmoil Geopolitics expert and Pareto Economics CEO Klism...

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