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Jailed Kazakh Activist's Wife Seeks Help After Threats

Opposition activist Aidos Sadyqov
Opposition activist Aidos Sadyqov
AQTOBE, Kazakhstan -- The wife of a jailed Kazakh opposition activist has called on international organizations to intervene after she received threatening phone calls, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Natalya Eshchanova, the wife of Aidos Sadyqov, told RFE/RL that she has written letters to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Parliamentary Assembly and international human rights organizations informing them about the regular threats she has been receiving.

Sadyqov is a well-known opposition activist in the northwestern Kazakh city of Aqtobe. He was found guilty of hooliganism and resistance to police and sentenced to two years in jail on July 16.

Last month an Aqtobe Oblast court upheld the verdict against Sadyqov. Sadyqov and his lawyers say the case is politically motivated and is the local authorities' "retaliation" for his opposition activities.

Eshchanova, who is pregnant, said she is sure the threats are coming from Aqtobe Oblast authorities, who want her to stop raising the issue about her husband.