After declaring last week that he plans to stand for president of Kazakhstan in 2012, an opposition leader who happens to be a member of an ethnic minority, has ended up with egg on his face – literally – for arousing the ire of nationalists.
Taking the announcement by Vladimir Kozlov as an insult, Kazakh nationalists hurled eggs at him at a press conference in Almaty on October 27. Attempts by Kozlov, leader of the unregistered Alga! DVK opposition party, to explain his plans ended in scuffles between his supporters, nationalists and journalists. Police were called to the National Press Club to split up the warring sides and made two arrests.
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