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Bolat Atabayev released!

According to kazakh newspaper “Respublika”, Bolat Atabayev has been freed. The London protest was followed by a Berlin action in front of the kazakh embassy’s “summer party” on June 27. That evening, a number of well-known german and international artists together with trade union and social activists staged a protest in front of the kazakh

Kazakh embassy protest in London to free Bolat Atabayev

by Ben Robinson, Campaign Kazakhstan England Campaign Kazakhstan protested outside the London Kazakhstan embassy yesterday (21 June) to demand the immediate freeing of the latest high profile political prisoner – Bolat Atabayev. The protest was joined by Esenbek Ukteshbaev, leader of the independent Kazakhstan trade union, Zhanartu, visiting London to raise awareness of the situation

Protest at Kazakh embassy in Berlin: Free Vadim Kuramshin and all political prisoners!

Last Thursday, a protest was held in front of the Kazakh embassy in Berlin, Germany, to protest against the recent wave of heavy prison sentences against striking oil workers and their sympathizers who have participated in the Zhanaozen demonstration on December 16, 2011. During the demonstration, police and military forces shot into the crowd with

Esenbek Ukteshbayev, president of Zhanartu trade union federation speaks in London

Last Saturday, Esenbek Ukteshbayev, president of the fighting independent trade union in Kazakhstan, Zhanartu, spoke in London. He brought home to an audience of more than 500 UK workers’ representatives and activists the atrocities carried out by the Nazarbayev regime against striking workers and their representatives. His address brought the sixth National Shop Stewards’ Network

Takhir Mukhamedzyanov, a leader of ‘Miners’ Families’ and Socialist Movement Kazakhstan, found dead

On 5 June, friends and colleagues of Takhir Mukhamedzyanov, who were worried that he had not turned up for work after the previous weekend, went to his flat in Karaganda where they found his body. While the cause of death is not yet known, the passing away of Takhir, a healthy and energetic 51 year-old,

All but four Zhanaozen defendants found ‘guilty’

Zhanaozen city is reportedly surrounded by Internal Ministry troops in advance of the sentencing of the thirty seven oil workers and their supporters on Monday. Supporters of those on trial are planning further protests in Zhanaozen and Aktau. Only 3 of the 37 have been cleared of all charges. Twenty one of those on trial

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