Russian President Vladmir Putin was reportedly asked by a Russian student 'about what he considered a disturbing 'growth of nationalist moods in Kazakhstan.'" The student asked "if Moscow had a plan to address this dangerous condition when the long-standing president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, dies."
Hot Air writes:
Putin replied that “Kazakhs did not have a statehood” before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and their condition was a unique one in the former Soviet space. “It was never a state,” Putin said of that central Asian power. “There was never a state there before.”
And Noah Rothman points out:
Well, Putin is using the same language he used to delegitimize Ukraine’s existence to threaten another former Soviet Republic – the massive Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.