Scepticism in uneasy Kazakhstan as president promises reform squib

Thousands of people still in jail after protests while behind-the-scenes power struggle continues

Kazakhstan’s president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who at the height of unrest last week said he had ordered troops to shoot to kill without warning, has spent this week taking a softer line and promising genuine reform.

However, with thousands of people still in detention and a behind-the-scenes power struggle still not fully resolved, many have expressed scepticism.

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