Kazakhstan: The security implications explained

The UK government has condemned a violent crackdown by Kazakh forces on anti-government protests.

Troops are patrolling the streets of Almaty under government orders to fire without warning on protestors, amid demonstrations experts believe could lead to an uprising in Kazakhstan.

Russia has sent paratroopers to the former Soviet state, at the request of the country’s government.

Meanwhile, the UK has condemned orders from Kazakhstan’s authoritarian leader for security forces to fire on protestors, which have left dozens dead.

The University of Exeter’s expert on Central Asia, Professor John Heathershaw, has explained the broad security implications for the region.