Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 54

President Nursultan Nazarbayev issued a special statement repeating a warning which he said he had first issued at the January 19 CIS summit that "any actions seeking to restore the USSR can lead to great destabilization and bloodshed." While professing a conviction that "there is no alternative to developing CIS integration," Nazarbayev made clear that he sees it as mainly "economic and social-humanitarian" and "based on mutual advantage and respect for independence and territorial integrity." Kazakhstan’s law enforcement bodies were reported to have gone on first-degree alert in the aftermath of the Russian Duma vote out of concern that it might