> A protester singing Kazakhstan's national anthem. As police in Balaclava has flood the city of Almaty, rounding up protesters, and throwing them onto buses. These small but determined gatherings are the biggest show of discontent in the country since the early 2000s, the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev unchanged since 1989.
Protesters are furious about the state of the economy. The country depends on selling oil and its price has plummeted, depreciating the currency by 45%. Police said Friday they found caches of molotov cocktails, gasoline, and iron rods. Exactly the kind of improvised weapons used to topple the leadership in the Ukraine, another ex-Soviet country.