Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Aron Atabek – still wrongly imprisoned at 60

Aron was sentenced in 2007 to 18 years in prison for ‘orchestrating’ the resistance of shanty-town dwellers in Shanrak when bull-dozers were sent to destroy their homes. He has served six years already. He would not accept any offer of pardon because he professes total innocence. At the end of last year, Aron was being

Vadims Trial Postponed Again

We have been informed that Vadim’s trial has been postponed until the start of February (probably at some date between 1st and 5th February). It is a mark of the Nazarbayev regime that it can arbitrarily changed court dates, often at the last minute. We also know however that the authorities’ are highly sensitive to

Vadim Kuramshin’s court appeal to start on 23 January

Attacks continue against his legal team – Urgent protests needed! Unexpectedly called to attend the court on 15th January, Vadim Kuramshin thought that his appeal hearing would be rushed through on that day. Instead he was presented with the protocol from his previous hearing and told his appeal would probably start on 23 January. Vadim

Vadim Kuramshin appeal today!

We have just received notice that Vadims appeal is to be heard today. His advocate was only informed of this late last night. Please send messages of protest to 1:  Embassies of Kazakhstan in your country – a list of Kazakh embassies and consulates can be found here 2: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of

For the immediate release of Vadim Kuramshin and international inquiry into corruption at the Kordai border post

For international human rights organisations to raise this issue Over the New Year holiday it has become clear Vadim Kuramshin’s appeal against his recent arrest and 12 year prison sentence is to be held sometime in the second week of January. Vadim was first arrested at the beginning of 2012 after he attempted to expose