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Kazakh Activist Detained After Expressing Solidarity With Closed Magazine


ASTANA -- Police in Kazakhstan have detained an activist after he staged a protest to express solidarity with the embattled Adam Bol (Be a Human) magazine.

Meiram Duisenov unfolded a poster reading "Adam Bol! in front of presidential palace in Astana on February 6.

Police stopped Duisenov from putting the poster into a mailbox located next to the building and took him away.

In December, a court in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, shut down Adam Bol, saying it was "propagating war."

That ruling came weeks after the magazine published an interview with opposition activist Aidos Sadyqov, who lives in exile in Ukraine.

In the interview, Sadyqov criticized Russia for its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.

The magazine’s chief editor, Gulzhan Erghalieva, ended an 18-day hunger strike on February 5.

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