Kazakh dissident Aron Atabek dies several weeks after being released from prison | News

The 68-year-old writer Atabek is a fierce critic of the Nur Sultan government and he is being treated for COVID-19 infection.

According to activists and media reports, the Kazakh dissident Aron Atabek died less than two months after his release. He spent 15 years in prison.

Writer and poet Atabek is 68 years old.

As a fierce critic of the Nur Sultan’s government, Atabek died in a hospital late Wednesday where he was being treated for COVID-19. Local media To quote the hospital management department.

Radio azatic To quote Atabek’s sister, he died after a heart attack.

Last month, he was released from prison for suffering from an incurable spinal cord disease. He has served more than 15 years in his 18-year sentence.

Atabek was found guilty of leading the riot in 2006, which was triggered by the demolition of illegal settlements in Almaty and ultimately resulted in the murder of a policeman. He denied any wrongdoing and refused to seek pardon. He is regarded by many as the longest serving political prisoner in Kazakhstan.

The pictures of Atabek after his release-looking haggard-shocked activists who accused the authorities of deliberately sabotaging his health. The prison administration told human rights activist Atabek that he refused to receive treatment.

Human rights activists blamed the authorities for the sharp deterioration in his health.

“He didn’t turn into that overnight like we saw on October 1,” activist Ainash Kerney wrote on Facebook. “It took many years and hard work to get him into such a haggard state.”

In this oil-rich country with a population of 19 million, there is no real opposition party. The country was governed by a leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, for nearly 30 years, until 2019. Resigned and nominated his loyal ally Kassim-Jomart Tokayev (Kassym-Jomart Tokayev) as his successor.

When Nazarbayev came to power, oil-rich Kazakhstan was still part of the Soviet Union. He was the general secretary of the Communist Party and was elected president in 1991 a few weeks before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

He extended his term of office with overwhelming victories in consecutive elections and referendums. In the 2015 election, he won nearly 98% of the vote.

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