Russian troops sent into Kazakhstan

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Russian military vehicles wait at the airport of Ivanovo to be loaded onto a military cargo plane to depart to Kazakhstan (Photo: Russian Defence Ministry/AFP)

According to state TV, more than 3,800 people have been arrested since widespread protests broke out on Wednesday. The uprising, unprecedented for the Central Asian country since it gained independence 30 years ago, forced the authorities to plead with Russia and other former Soviet republics to send help to stabilise the situation.

The force from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation appears to have helped police regain some control of the streets in the oil and uranium-rich country.

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