March 11, 2014

Kazakhstan May Be Putin's Next Target

Eltsov & Larres, The New Republic

The Associated Press

Russians in Kazakhstan constitute about 24 percent of the population—more than 3 million people. In northern Kazakhstan, almost 50 percent of the population is Russian, with some areas having a majority of Russians. It is not inconceivable—following the logic behind the annexation of Crimea by the Russian army—that Putin may, at some point, want to return parts of northern Kazakhstan to the Russian orbit, particularly if this country becomes politically unstable.

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TAGGED: Soviet Union, Ukraine, Crimea, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Kazakhstan

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