Kazakh authorities accused Mukhtar Ablyazov, Vladimir Kozlov and Muratbek Ketebayev of creating and leading an organized criminal group.
Mukhtar Ablyazov – main oppositionist to the Kazakh president, one of the founders of the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan opposition party find more information
Accused of creating an organized criminal group together with Vladimir Kozlov and Muratbek Ketebayev, aimed at orchestrating the strikes of oil workers and politicalizing them in order to create dissent in Kazakhstan.
Currently in detention in France, awaiting decision on his extradition to Russia or Ukraine, both working close with Kazakhstan in bringing him back to the country.
Muratbek Ketebayev – oppositionist and activist
Accused of being Ablyazov’s “first deputy” and of coordinating the opposition media’s activity in fermenting social discord.
Currently in Poland, after a brief detention upon request filed by Kazakhstan to Interpol, he was released. Charges against him were deemed most likely politically motivated and his name was erased from Interpol wanted list. find more information
Vladimir Kozlov – leader of the unregistered opposition party Alga! find more information
Accused of being Ablyazov’s puppet and executing his orders in Kazakhstan to facilitate the fomenting of protest and discord among the oil workers from Zhanaozen.
He was sentenced to 7,5 years in prison and the confiscation of property. Currently in detention in a high-regime penal colony in Petropavlovsk.