AKTAU, Kazakhstan (Reuters) – Thirty-seven people accused of rioting in a Kazakh oil town went on trial in an overcrowded, makeshift courtroom on Tuesday where authorities will seek to restore the oil-producing Central Asian state’s reputation for stability after deadly unrest.
The defendants stand accused of participating in clashes in December that killed at least 14 people and saw police use live rounds in the remote oil town of Zhanaozen, violence that posed the most serious challenge to President Nursultan Nazarbayev in his more than two decades of rule.
AKTAU, Kazakhstan, March 27 (Reuters) – Angry relatives of
the accused burst into a Kazakhstan courtroom shortly before 37
people were due to go on trial on Tuesday for their role in
deadly oil town riots that shattered the image of stability in
the oil-producing Central Asian state.
The defendants are accused of participating in December
clashes that killed at least 14 people in the oil town of
Zhanaozen, posing the most serious challenge to veteran
President Nursultan Nazarbayev in more than two decades of rule.
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.