Thursday, May 05, 2016

Nascent Kazakhstan land crisis diffused

Wow, well handled Nursultan!

While it is not clear if this will fully satisfy the protesters, it essentially gives them what they want so I can't imagine it won't take a lot of wind out of their sails.

This proves once again that Nazarbeyev is a much savvier leader than all the other post-soviet autocrats. I really thought this would end with a growing popular movement, followed by a crackdown. In times of growing economic security among the Kazakhstani people, Nazarbeyev was perceptive enough not to follow the region's usual script.