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Kazakhstan crisis reveals risk to autocrats from high fuel costs

Strongmen stretch fiscal limits to rein in domestic energy prices

A burned car is seen in front of the mayor's office building which was torched during protests triggered by fuel price increase in Almaty, Kazakhstan.   © Reuters

MOSCOW/HOUSTON, U.S. -- The deadly unrest rocking Kazakhstan this week offers a warning to strongmen worldwide on what could happen if they fail to shield citizens from soaring energy prices.

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