Russian troop deployment has ‘eerie echoes’ of dictatorship, according to Putin, who is rebuilding the Soviet Union.


Putin’s efforts to rebuild the Soviet Union have “eerie echoes” of dictatorship.

The deployment of troops in Kazakhstan by VLADIMIR PUTIN to quell anti-government protests has been compared to Soviet-era repression of dissent.

Kazakhstan is a former Soviet republic that has seen riots over rising fuel prices in recent days.

Over the weekend, prices for regular people trying to fill up their cars with liquid petroleum gas doubled.

These protests then morphed into anti-government dissent, prompting President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to seek assistance from the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, based in Moscow, is an alliance of former Soviet Union states.

Mr Tokayev claimed that unspecified “terrorist bands” were behind the unrest, but he provided no evidence to back up his claim.

After reports of civilian and police casualties in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, Russian paratroopers, or “peacekeeping forces,” arrived in Kazakhstan.

They are the largest demonstrations in the Central Asian country since it gained independence more than three decades ago.

According to the latest figures from the Kazakh police, just under 2,300 demonstrators have been detained.

Former US ambassador to Russia and Stanford University political science professor Michael McFaul took to social media this week to draw comparisons between Russian paratroopers arriving in Kazakhstan this week and Soviet forces marching into then-Soviet states during the twentieth century.

“Eerie echoes of Hungary 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968” he wrote about the CSTO intervention.

“The UN Security Council, not the CSTO,” he added in a separate tweet.

When independent Communist politician Imre Nagy came to power in 1956, it was dubbed the Hungarian Revolution.

He fought for Hungarian independence from the Soviet Union, which was led by Nikita Khrushchev at the time.

Khrushchev had sparked a sense of increased freedom around political debate by denouncing a number of characteristics of Josef Stalin’s regime.

It grew out of control in Hungary until October 1956, when unrest turned violent.

The protesters were then crushed by Soviet forces.

In 1968, Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to crush the nascent Prague Spring, echoing the actions of his predecessor.

Alexander Dubek, the communist leader of Czechoslovakia, had pursued liberal reforms that diverged from the Moscow line.

Senior Kremlin figures have been alarmed by this.

“Brinkwire News Summary.”


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