Kazakh leader: Russia-led security group to pull out troops

In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers prepare to guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers prepare to guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission

MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian nation in two days after completing its mission.

The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a military alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid the worst public unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago.

Protests over soaring fuel prices erupted in the oil and gas-rich Central Asian nation of 19 million on Jan. 2 and quickly spread across the country, with political slogans reflecting wider discontent over the country's authoritarian government. Over the next few days, the demonstrations turned violent, with dozens of civilians and law enforcement officers killed.

In Almaty, Kazakhstan's former capital and largest city, protesters set government buildings on fire and briefly seized the airport. The unrest was largely quelled by the weekend.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has blamed the unrest on foreign-backed “terrorists” and insisted that his request for help to the CSTO was justified.

“When this decision was being made, we could have completely lost control over Almaty, which was being torn apart by terrorists. Had we lost Almaty, we would have lost the capital and the entire country,” Tokayev told Kazakhstan's parliament Tuesday.

The president said the CSTO has largely completed its mission and will start withdrawing its troops in two days — a process that will take no longer than 10 days.

Asked whether such a move was premature — the troops only started arriving to Kazakhstan five days ago — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “utterly and completely” Kazakhstan's prerogative. “It is their analysis, and we have no right to interfere," Peskov said.

Tokayev also appointed a new prime minister and a new cabinet on Tuesday, with some deputy prime ministers and ministers from the previous government keeping their posts.

Kazakhstan's government resigned last week in one of several concessions aimed at mollifying the protesters, along with a 180-day cap on fuel prices and the ouster of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country's former longtime leader, from his influential post of head of the National Security Council.

The new prime minister, 49-year-old Alikhan Smailov, previously served as Kazakhstan's minister of finance and its first deputy prime minister.

Life in Almaty, which was hit by the harshest violence, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operations and malls reopening. The owners of shops looted in the unrest were assessing the damage.

Galina Karpenko's underwear store was ransacked, and she said she lost about $10,000 in stolen goods and damage.

“This is not a small sum for me. It’s really not. I closed several outlets because of the crisis, as we couldn’t afford the rent. And now, my favorite outlet that was turning a profit and feeding my family took a hit," she said. "I’m so distressed, God is my witness, I don’t know how to feed my kids."

Kazakhstan's Interior Ministry on Tuesday reported that 9,900 people were detained over the unrest. Tokayev's office has also said 338 criminal probes into mass unrest and assaults on law enforcement officers have been opened.

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In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this photo taken from video released by Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service, Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks during a parliamentary session in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service via AP)

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In this photo taken from video released by Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service, Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks during a parliamentary session in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service via AP)

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In this photo taken from video released by Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service, Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks during a parliamentary session in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Kazakhstan's Presidential Press Service via AP)

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In this handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers attend a briefing prior to guarding an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers attend a briefing prior to guarding an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers attend a briefing prior to guarding an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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A shop worker walks through a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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A shop worker walks through a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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A shop worker walks through a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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People look at the city hall building in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Authorities in Kazakhstan say nearly 8,000 people were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago. (AP Photo)

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People look at the city hall building in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Authorities in Kazakhstan say nearly 8,000 people were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago. (AP Photo)

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People look at the city hall building in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Authorities in Kazakhstan say nearly 8,000 people were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago. (AP Photo)

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A man speaks on the phone inside a looted shop during unrest, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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A man speaks on the phone inside a looted shop during unrest, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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A man speaks on the phone inside a looted shop during unrest, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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People walk past a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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People walk past a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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People walk past a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A man photographs a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A man photographs a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A man photographs a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A view of the Media center building after clashes in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A view of the Media center building after clashes in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A view of the Media center building after clashes in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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People walk past a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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People walk past a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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People walk past a bus, which was burned during clashes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A view of the Media center building after clashes in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A view of the Media center building after clashes in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A view of the Media center building after clashes in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A tow truck transports a car, which was damaged during clashes, from the central square with the city hall in the background in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A tow truck transports a car, which was damaged during clashes, from the central square with the city hall in the background in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A tow truck transports a car, which was damaged during clashes, from the central square with the city hall in the background in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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Municipal workers repair the sidewalk at the city hall building in the central square in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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Municipal workers repair the sidewalk at the city hall building in the central square in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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Municipal workers repair the sidewalk at the city hall building in the central square in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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A sculpture of an old Kazakhstani man is seen in front of the city hall building in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Authorities in Kazakhstan say nearly 8,000 people were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago. (AP Photo)

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A sculpture of an old Kazakhstani man is seen in front of the city hall building in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Authorities in Kazakhstan say nearly 8,000 people were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago. (AP Photo)

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A sculpture of an old Kazakhstani man is seen in front of the city hall building in the central square blocked by Kazakhstan troops and police in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Authorities in Kazakhstan say nearly 8,000 people were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago. (AP Photo)

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A broken services payment machine is seen on the street in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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A broken services payment machine is seen on the street in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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A broken services payment machine is seen on the street in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most during protests, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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A woman walks past an ATM machine damaged during clashes on the street in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A woman walks past an ATM machine damaged during clashes on the street in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A woman walks past an ATM machine damaged during clashes on the street in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP)

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A cameraman films as a tow truck transports a car, which was damaged during clashes, from the central square in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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A cameraman films as a tow truck transports a car, which was damaged during clashes, from the central square in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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A cameraman films as a tow truck transports a car, which was damaged during clashes, from the central square in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. Life in Almaty, which was affected with the violence the most, started returning to normal this week, with public transport resuming operation and malls reopening. (AP Photo)

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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russian peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization park their military vehicles to guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russian peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization park their military vehicles to guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russian peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization park their military vehicles to guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area at an airport outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (AP Photo/Vasily Krestyaninov)

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Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area at an airport outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (AP Photo/Vasily Krestyaninov)

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Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area at an airport outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (AP Photo/Vasily Krestyaninov)

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A woman stands in a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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A woman stands in a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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A woman stands in a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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Shop workers look around a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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Shop workers look around a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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Shop workers look around a looted shop during unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Nearly 8,000 people in Kazakhstan were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining independence 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo)

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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeeper guards an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeeper guards an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeeper guards an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The president of Kazakhstan has announced that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the Central Asian country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakhstan last week by the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six former Soviet states, at the president's request amid unprecedented public unrest. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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