AKTAU, Kazakhstan, March 27 (Reuters) – Thirty-seven people
accused of rioting in a Kazakh oil town will stand trial on
Tuesday in a case seen as an attempt by the former Soviet
republic to restore its shattered image of stability following
At least 14 people were killed during the clashes in
December, the most serious challenge to President Nursultan
Nazarbayev in his more than two decades as leader of the
oil-producing Central Asian state.
ZHANAOZEN, Kazakhstan (Reuters) – A silent mutiny is simmering in the windswept Kazakh oil town of Zhanaozen as the first accused prepare to stand trial for their part in violence that shattered the image of stability in the oil-producing Central Asian state.
Veteran President Nursultan Nazarbayev smiles down from billboards above dusty streets patrolled by police cars, but the few residents of Zhanaozen who dared speak to reporters could ill conceal their anger ahead of the trial of the 37 accused.
ALMATY (Reuters) – A Kazakh newspaper editor critical of strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev has been pardoned and released from jail, while dozens of other people were awaiting trial after Kazakhstan’s worst violence in decades.
Igor Vinyavsky, editor of the opposition newspaper Vzglyad, was jailed in January. The KNB, successor of the Soviet-era KGB secret police, said at the time Vinyavsky had been charged with calling for the forcible overthrow of constitutional order.
ALMATY, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan boosted uranium
output by about 9 percent to 19,450 tonnes in 2011,
consolidating its position as the world’s largest producer of
the metal with a 35-percent share of global output, state
nuclear firm Kazatomprom said on Friday.
“In 2011, Kazakhstan maintained its position as the global
leader of the uranium mining industry by providing 35 percent of
the world’s uranium output, which according to preliminary data
totalled 55,400 tonnes,” Kazatomprom said in a statement.
ALMATY (Reuters) – A Kazakh court ordered the arrest and detention of three opposition activists Saturday for holding an unauthorised rally, at which protesters condemned the recent election as fraudulent and demanded the release of jailed colleagues.
The three were arrested hours after about 300 people, opposed to long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev, gathered in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, calling for democratic change.
ALMATY, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan pressed charges
against an opposition leader and a newspaper editor on Thursday
for fomenting unrest in an oil town, part of an investigation
that also implicated four senior police officers for using
excessive force against rioters.
Vladimir Kozlov, leader of the unregistered opposition party
Alga!, and journalist Igor Vinyavsky will be detained for two
months ahead of a trial that their supporters believe is part of
a crackdown against critics of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
ALMATY, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan is prosecuting
four senior police officers for using excessive force against
rioters in an oil town, where 17 people were killed in some of
the Central Asian country’s worst violence for decades.
A regional deputy police head who coordinated the action in
Zhanaozen is being sued for dereliction of duty, while three
other senior officers will stand trial for abuse of power, the
office of Kazakhstan’s prosecutor general said.
ALMATY/ASTANA, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Kazakh opposition
leaders set fire to copies of voting results on Tuesday in a
public repudiation of a weekend election that reinforced
President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grip on power only a month
after deadly clashes in a mutinous oil town.
Around 100 disgruntled voters held a peaceful protest in
Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, to say they did not recognise
the results of the election, which was heralded by authorities
in the former Soviet republic as a democratic first.
AKTAU, Kazakhstan, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Alexander
Pyastlov spends most of his time among heaps of paper in his
cramped, Soviet-built apartment. The retired engineer is proud
of his one-man mission: to defend the oil workers fired in the
prelude to Kazakhstan’s deadliest unrest in decades.
The 72-year-old Aktau resident spent his working life in a
uranium-processing plant. He never trained as a lawyer, but
complains no legal professional is willing to take on the cases
of the forgotten oilmen of this western Kazakh province.
ASTANA/AKTAU, Kazakhstan, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Kazakh
President Nursultan Nazarbayev described his victory in a
weekend election as an endorsement of national unity after
unrest by oil workers cast a shadow over a vote that Western
monitors said had excluded any genuine opposition.
Two parties, both sympathetic to the president, will for the
first time join Nazarbayev’s victorious Nur Otan in parliament
after Sunday’s vote to add a veneer of democracy in the face of
growing frustration over unequal distribution of oil wealth.