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Jailed Kazakh Activist On Hunger Strike Transferred To Prison Hospital


Zoya Narymbaeva, wife of opposition activist Yermek Narymbaev

Zoya Narymbaeva, wife of opposition activist Yermek Narymbaev

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Jailed Kazakh opposition activist Yermek Narymbaev has been transferred from a labor camp to a prison hospital due to health problems resulting from his seven-week hunger strike, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Narymbaev, 40, the leader of the Arman (Dream) opposition movement, was sentenced on June 26 to four years in jail for "resistance to police and lack of respect for the court."

He was arrested during an antipresidential "Nazarbaev-Quit!" protest he organized on May 1.

The Almaty city court upheld the verdict on August 11. Narymbaev has been on hunger strike since August 20.

His wife, Zoya Narymbaeva, told RFE/RL he was transferred to a prison hospital near the northeastern city of Semei on October 5. She said Narymbaev refuses to take any medication because he is continuing his hunger strike.
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