Russia squeezes Kazakhstan – WSJ

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has revealed deep flaws in Russian strategic culture and undermined Russian prestige throughout the West. Seen from Almaty, at the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains, however, the Russian leader threatens himself greatly. It is not only that Moscow’s propaganda still shapes the worldview of Kazakhstan’s significant Russian minority (about 20% of the population, highly concentrated in regions adjacent to Russia). This has also been a year that for many in Kazakhstan underlined how much power Russia has over the future of this oil- and mineral-rich Central Asian country.

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