Analysis | Another post-Soviet ‘ruler for life’ faces upheaval, as enormous protests sweep Kazakhstan

Gas prices sparked Kazakhstan’s protests. For years, the Kazakh government had controlled the prices of liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, at considerable expense. The government lifted these fuel caps Jan. 1, arguing they were unsustainable. Overnight, the price of LPG essentially doubled in Kazakhstan — a worrying prospect in a country where the gross domestic product per capita is less than $10,000 a year despite considerable oil wealth.