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Date Set For Extremism Trial Of Kazakh Businessman

The date has been set for the trial of a Kazakh businessman charged with attempting to overthrow the government, extremism, and illegal weapon possession.

The Kazakh Military Court said on September 5 that the trial in the high-profile case will start on September 14.

Tokhtar Toleshov, chief executive of one of Kazakhstan's largest breweries, was detained in January along with 24 other suspects, including the ex-deputy prosecutor-general and the former chief of the South Kazakhstan regional police.

Toleshov’s detention followed a crackdown by Astana on both pro-Russian and nationalist activists.

He had run the Kazakh office of a Russia-based organization called the Center for the Analysis of Terrorist Threats. He had also advised Russia's parliament on matters of economic cooperation and religion.

Based on reporting by and