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Tatyana Trubacheva, editor in chief of the opposition newspaper "Golos respubliki"
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A court in Almaty has fined the editor in chief of a banned opposition newspaper for using another newspaper's pages for her weekly's materials.

Tatyana Trubacheva, the chief editor of "Golos respubliki" (The Voice of Republic), told RFE/RL that she was fined $100 on December 12 for placing her written material in the "Azat" (Free) newspaper on November 30.

Trubacheva's newspaper, along with several other opposition newspapers, was suspended and later banned after prosecutors requested in November that two opposition groups and several opposition media outlets be designated extremist.

Trubacheva says she will appeal the decision by the court.

The Almaty-based Adil Soz (A Just Word) media-rights group announced earlier on December 12 that a court in Almaty banned the opposition television channel K-Plus, its two websites, and several print publications carrying the channel's material.
Vadim Kuramshin
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan's Bureau for Human Rights has condemned the sentence of a prominent activist and called his case politically motivated.

In a statement issued on December 11, the bureau called on the Kazakh authorities to reopen the case against Vadim Kuramshin.

He was found guilty of extorting a bribe and sentenced to 12 years in prison on December 8.

Kuramshin, a defender of the rights of inmates in Kazakhstan's prisons, was first arrested in January and charged with fraud, extortion, and abuse of power.

In August, he was released after a court found him guilty of abusing his "responsibilities" as a human rights defender.

He was sentenced to one year of limited movement.

He was rearrested in October after prosecutors withdrew his initial sentence and sent his case for retrial.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

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