Kazakh central bank suspends banking operations

National Bank of Kazakhstan
The National Bank of Kazakhstan
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Kazakhstan’s central bank suspended all banking operations as anti-government protests in the country’s cities turned into an uprising.  

Russian troops flew into the country after Kazakhstan president Kassym-Jokart Tokayev formally requested assistance from the Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization on January 6. On the same day, the National Bank of Kazakhstan announced that it was stopping all operations by banks, including ATM transactions.

President Tokayev announced

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