Photo: ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN – JANUARY 10, 2022: A military patrol detains a man on Nazarbayev Street. A rise in fuel prices sparked protests in the towns of Zhanaozen and Aktau in western Kazakhstan on January 2 and spread rapidly across the country. On January 5, President Tokayev dismissed the cabinet and declared a two-week state of emergency in the Mangistau and Almaty regions as well as in the cities of Almaty and Nur-Sultan. On January 6, a counterterrorism operation to stop mass unrest began. Credit: Valery Sharifulin/TASS.