Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 38

At a meeting in Almaty over the weekend, representatives of Russian nationalist groups in Kazakstan decided to form a "national-patriotic bloc to defend the rights, lives, and national dignity of Slavs in Kazakstan." Accusing the authorities of "outrages," including "murders," allegedly aimed at forcing "people of Slavic nationality" out of Kazakstan, the participants appealed to the Russian government to protest to Almaty. The main groups involved are the Russian Center in Kazakstan and the Semirechye Cossack Host. (Interfax, February 22)

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