The U.S. State Department said on January 7, local time: As Kazakhstan is in a state of emergency, the State Department has approved non-emergency government employees and family members to leave the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty, Kazakhstan voluntarily.
The U.S. State Department said: “U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan, please be aware that violent protests may severely impact the ability of the U.S. embassy to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens leaving Kazakhstan.”
The recent unrest in Kazakhstan, caused by a rise in the price of liquefied petroleum gas, turned violent. On January 5, Kazakhstan dissolved the cabinet, and President Tokayev immediately declared a state of emergency. On January 6, the CSTO led by Russia sent peacekeeping troops to Kazakhstan.