On January 7, a fierce confrontation between armed rioters and the military continues in Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan.

Since January 6, the shooting has not subsided in the area of the central Republic Square, where the protesters were surrounded by security forces the day before. The dead in the clashes lie on the road, cars are shot.

Less fierce clashes between protesters and security forces continue in different regions of the country, while the number of victims goes to dozens.

The number of security forces killed during the riots in Kazakhstan rose to 18, two of them were found decapitated in Almaty. In total, more than a thousand people were injured throughout the country, of which about 400 were hospitalized, according to the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan.

The total amount of damage from the riots is estimated at about $91 million, incuding $89.8 million in Almaty only.

It has been confirmed that ISIS, Al-Qaeda emissaries are currently operating in the south of the country, while members of the Taliban were not spotted in Kazakhstan.

Looting on the streets continues. Thanks to that the rioters get more weapons. At least six gun shops have been robed in Almaty so far.

The instability in Kazakhstan resulted in international intervention. The CSTO member-states sent the collective peacekeeping forces to ensure the security in the country.

The first CSTO units were deployed in Kazakhstan on January 6. They do not take part in the clashes, but started protecting key infrastructure facilities, releasing local security forces.

While Russia and its partners have moved to decisive action, Washington’s reaction has been rather flaccid.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his conversation with the Kazakh Foreign Minister, confirmed Washington’s full support for constitutional institutions of Kazakhstan.

Communication in the country is not stable, regions are almost blocked, and the amount of objective information in the public space has decreased significantly.

As a result, the Polish media switched to outright lies. Ukrainians are hiding in their aspirations to get US support through escalation, confused by the official position of their Western partners in the White House. Hysteria inflamed the Turkish media, as hundreds of millions of dollars spent on promoting the great Turan, but as a result, the U.S. is not standing alongside in Kazakhstan.

This U.S. position is due to fear of the American elites to lose their property in Kazakhstan. Anglo-Saxon corporations directly or indirectly own at least 20% of local assets in various sectors of the economy. And Washington currently has no options for direct participation in the conflict in this remote region. Earlier, the U.S. had its soldiers in Afghanistan at least.

Nur-Sultan is the most sensitive link in Eurasian integration and a supplier of valuable sources for the Russian military-industrial complex.

Coup d’etat in Kazakhstan is threatening the Belt and Road megaproject, stability of the EAEU and the SCO. The instability may soon spread to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.

The protests in Kazakhstan broke out right before the Russia-USA-NATO negotiations, having become another trump card in the Big Game for the space of vital interests of the great powers.

Via https://southfront.org/kazakh-trump-card-in-the-big-game/