Accessibility links

Breaking News

Kazakh Opposition Supporter's Daughter Still Missing

(RFE/RL) 4 November 2005 -- Kazakh police say they are searching for the 14-year-old daughter of a Kazakh opposition activist who went missing this week.

Yelena Nikitina is the deputy chief of a support group backing presidential candidate Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, who heads the For a Just Kazakhstan opposition bloc. She says her daughter Oksanna disappeared on the evening of 31 October.

Nikitina says that before Oksanna's disappearance, she was contacted several times by police, who wanted her to pass them information regarding her group's activities.

Nikitina says she refused. She also says that she brought videotaped evidence of the meetings to the Almaty Prosecutor-General's Office, which the office has denied.

The Associated Press today quotes Almaty city police spokesman Dulat Omarzhanov as saying police are doing all they can to find the girl. He also denied that police had pressured Nikitina.


Central Asia In Focus

Central Asia In Focus

THE COMPLETE STORY: Click on the icon to view a dedicated webpage bringing together all of RFE/RL's coverage of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.