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Kazakhstan’s presidential election -and the need to build a workers’ movement

Having been in power since 1989, Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan proposed in the spring to bring the 2016 presidential election forward. Needless to say, the puppet parliament approved the proposal and announced an election will be held on April 26th. Last week the list of 3 candidates eligible to stand in the election was

Report from Day one of housing protest in Astana

7 April 2015   Today, activists of the ONJ – the organisation known as ‘Leave the People’s Homes Alone’ – from various regions of the country, have been trying to get a meeting with the candidate for the post of president, namely Nazarbayev. All entrances to the President’s office and the House of Ministers were blocked

The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers protest Bar Council ‘Business Mission’ to Kazakhstan

The Bar Council 289-293 High Holborn London WC1V 7HZ   By post and e-mail: ContactUs@BarCouncil.org.uk   EXTREMELY URGENT.   Dear Sirs,   Re: Bar Council Business Development Mission to Kazakhstan.   The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers was founded in 1930. It is an organisation that provides a forum for the discussion and analysis of

Third anniversary of Zhanaozen massacre

Call for commemoration protests at Kazakhstan embassies Ainur Kurmanov,  Socialist Movement Kazakhstan 16th December marks the third anniversary of the brutal shooting down by state forces of oil-workers and their families who had been on strike for seven months in West Kazakhstan. What began as a strike turned into a mass movement involving pensioners, unemployed

Rosa’s release means it’s time to step up campaigning for other political prisoners

  As we reported previously on this site, Roza Tuletaeva, one of the active leaders of the Zhanaozen strike has been released from prison. Originally sentenced to 7 years, her sentence was reduced on appeal to 5 years. In the summer she was refused release on parole so her release has been unexpected. Undoubtedly this

Rosa Tuletaeva is freed from prison!

Message from Bakhytzhan Toregozhina in Kazakhstan “I have just today been able to get t   hrough on the telephone to Rosa Tuletaeva to convey my heart-felt congratulations on her release from prison! Since yesterday she has been getting phone calls from all over Kazakhstan with congratulations from supporters and friends! Rosa w aited for