Why is Kazakhstan claiming foreign links to the unrest? Here’s what we know.

A bus is burned during mass protests in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 8. (Pavel Mikheyev/Reuters)

As protests spread in Kazakhstan, the focus shifted as well: beginning with outrage over price increases for fuel and later taking aim at the country’s autocratic political system directed by Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled the nation for three decades and now holds the official title of “leader of the nation.”

The government narrative changed, too. Nazarbayev’s handpicked president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, began pointing the finger at domestic and foreign “bandits and terrorists” and an internal plot to foment chaos.

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Here’s what to know about Kazakhstan’s claims: