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Vladimir Kozlov
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- The wife of the jailed chairman of Kazakhstan's unregistered opposition Algha (Forward) party says her husband's rights as a prisoner are being violated.

Aliya Turysbekova, wife of Vladimir Kozlov, told journalists in Almaty on February 13 that National Security Committee officers had not allowed her to meet with her husband and refused to accept food and clothes she has been trying to pass to him since his arrest.

Turysbekova also said Kozlov's lawyer has not been allowed to talk to his client face-to-face since he was incarcerated.

No comment on the allegations was available from Kazakh authorities.

The National Security Committee arrested Kozlov on January 26 and charged him with "inciting social hatred" in the southwestern town of Zhanaozen, where at least 16 striking oil workers were shot dead by police in mid-December.
Yermek Narymbaev
OSKEMEN, Kazakhstan -- A Kazakh opposition activist has been amnestied after spending more than 1 1/2 years in jail on charges of resisting authority.

Yermek Narymbaev, leader of the Arman (Dream) movement, was sentenced in June 2010 to four years in prison after he was arrested at a protest calling on President Nursultan Nazarbaev to resign.

The Kazakh Bureau for Human Rights told RFE/RL that Narymbaev would be released in 15 days.

Last week, prominent Kazakh human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis was granted amnesty.

The amnesties have taken place as Nazarbaev this week made an official visit to Germany, during which deals worth more than $4 billion were signed.

It was Nazarbaev's first visit to the West since clashes between security forces and oil workers in the Kazakh town of Zhanaozen left at least 16 people dead in December.

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