Kazakhstan’s authorities are seeking to extradite Kazakh opposition-minded blogger and journalist Zhanara Akhmetova from Ukraine. Kyiv’s Shevchenkivsky District Court on Nov. 2 refused to release Akhmetova despite the fact that reformist lawmaker Svitlana Zalishchuk officially vouched for her. Akhmetova believes the case to be a political vendetta by Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office denied the political character of the case.
“Over the past month, Ukraine has risked getting the image of a state that arrests and extradites well-known opposition figures to authoritarian regimes allied to (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin at the same time as Ukraine is fighting for the release of its own political prisoners (in Russia),” Zalishchuk said. “In Kazakhstan, she was fined for her Facebook posts.”
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