My immediate reaction is that this has nothing to do with fuel prices.The protests started in response to a rise in fuel prices but quickly turned into protests against the current authoritarian Kazakh government.
Is anyone other than western media claiming that?
It's simply not believable to me.
People in these regions are much more resilient and lead lives that First World Problem Americans could never tolerate--the cost of refueling your vehicle being pricey is simply not enough of a discomfort to cause revolution.
MoA has a good analysis:
It is still a mystery what forces exactly are behind the rebellion in Kazakhstan. While I had presumed that it was a CIA operation it may have been outsourced to Britain's MI6. There are also still other possibilities.
The action seen over the last few days smelled strongly of a color revolution as typically instigated by the United States.