Central Asia Military District
Many European Soviet citizens and much of Russia's industry were relocated to Kazakstan during World War II, when Nazi armies threatened to capture all the European industrial centers of the Soviet Union.
This Military District was disbanded in 1989, with its territory and assets being split between bordering Military Districts.
When Russia transformed the troops on its soil into a Russian army in the spring of 1992, Kazakstan followed suit by nationalizing the former Soviet Fortieth Army, which remained in Kazakstan, creating the formal basis for a Kazakstani national defense force.
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