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Two Kazakhs Sentenced For Attack On Opposition Leader

Opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov was pelted with eggs
Opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov was pelted with eggs
ALMATY -- Two people found guilty of attacking a Kazakh opposition leader last week have been sentenced by an Almaty court, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Vladimir Kozlov, head of the unregistered Forward party, and members of the Communist Party were accosted and pelted by eggs at the National Press Club in Almaty on October 27.

Talghat Rysqulbekov was sentenced to seven days in jail and Gulbakhram Zhunis was fined the equivalent of some $100 on November 2 for their roles in the attack.

The two said they were members of the Zheltoqsan (December) movement.

Rysqulbekov and Zhunis were the most active members of a group that threw eggs and water bottles at Kozlov and the others.

They also assaulted some journalists after attacking Kozlov and the Communist Party members.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Kozlov says the attack is connected with his announcement earlier in October that he will run for president in 2012