OPPOSITION ACTIVISTS SERIK SAPARGALI AND VLADIMIR KOZLOV FACE NEW CHARGES
Almaty. June 27. Interfax-Kazakhstan - New charges have been brought against Vladimir Kozlov, the leader of the unregistered party "Alga" (Go Ahead), and Serik Sapargali, an opposition activist, who were earlier arrested on charges of instigating social discord.
Aliya Turusbekova, the spouse of Vladimir Kozlov, has told Interfax-Kazakhstan that on Tuesday new charges were brought against the opposition activists in accordance with Article 170 of the Criminal Code of Kazakhstan (calls for the violent overthrow or change of constitutional order or for a forcible violation of the territorial unity).
The same charges were made against Zhanbolat Mamay, the leader of the opposition youth movement "Rukh Pen Til" (Spirit and Language), and Bolat Atabayev, a theater director and member of the unregistered movement "People's Front", who were arrested on June 14.
According to Mrs Turusbekova, her husband Kozlov as well as Muratbek Ketebayev, one of the leaders of Alga Party, and Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former head of BTA Bank, have also been charged with organizing and masterminding a criminal group (Article 250).
In January this year, Kozlov and Sapargali were arrested on charges of instigating social discord in Zhanaozen (a town in the Mangistau Region) and on May 15 they were moved to Aktau, the administrative center of the Mangistau Region.
As reported, massive rioting broke out in the towns of Zhanaozen and Shetpe in West Kazakhstan on December 16-17 in which 15 people died and over 100 got injured.
On May 26 workers of the Karazhanbasmunay oil company and its subsidiaries ArgymakTransService and TulparMunayService went on strike demanding pay rises, including by means of various multiplying factors. Part of Ozenmunaygas (KazMunayGaz Exploration Production (KMG EP) branch in Zhanaozen, Mangistau region) workers also declared a strike. The seven-month strike resulted in the civil unrest in Zhanaozen and Shetpe.