Stripped to their last pair of knickers… currency devaluation and protest in Kazakhstan

With everything that's going on in Ukraine, you've probably missed a much smaller scale series of protests that have taken place this month in Kazakhstan. These protests, stimulated by the government's decision to devalue the tenge (Kazakh currency) by nearly 20%, are nonetheless noteworthy. Pretty much for the first time in its post-Soviet existence, young people in …

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A growing protest culture in Kyrgyzstan?

Linking closely to my most recent post about an article on growing social gaps in Kazakhstan, I read an article today about protest culture in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan. As with the Kazakh story, whilst this BBC article does not directly link to higher education, there are definitely possibilities for interaction. This gives rise to some questions. …

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