By Ruby Russell and T. Umaraliev — Special to The Washington Times Shares
Timur, who asked that only his first name be used, added that there is widespread sympathy for the oil workers among Kazakh citizens but said it is hard to know what is really going on from contradictory media reports.
"I think this was a clear provocation by certain groups who are pursuing some political goals," said Timur, 22, a student in Almaty in the east of Kazakhstan. "I am really sorry for innocent oil company workers on the seven-month-long strike. They were used by those groups."