Accessibility links

Breaking News

Kazakh Ecology Activist Shot Dead

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- An environmental activist known for his campaign to save a forest near Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, has been shot dead.

Sania Qandieva, a relative, told RFE/RL on March 11 that Nurlan Oteuliev's body was found on March 10 and that he had probably been killed the night before.

Qandieva added that she believed Oteuliev's killing must have been connected with his environmental activism.

Oteluliev was a member of the Tabighat (Nature) Social Fund.

He was actively involved in a campaign protesting deforestation of the area in the Qarasai district near Almaty.

The Qarasai district's Interior Affairs Department has declined to comment on Oteuliev's death.
  • 16x9 Image

    RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

    RFE/RL's Radio Azattyq has been an important source of information for people in Kazakhstan for decades. Radio Azattyq reports on compelling stories in both Kazakh and Russian and provides a platform for audience engagement and the free exchange of ideas."