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Three Kazakh Bloggers Detained Again After Serving 10 Days In Jail

One of the arrested bloggers Rinat Kibraev
One of the arrested bloggers Rinat Kibraev
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Three bloggers in Kazakhstan have been detained again after serving 10 days in jail on hooliganism charges.

Rinat Kibraev, Nurali Aitelenov, and Dmitry Shchyolokov were detained on February 20 after they announced their intention to attend an annual meeting between Almaty Mayor Akhmetzhan Esimov and city residents.

Earlier this month, the three were arrested and sentenced to 10 days in jail for publicly protesting a decision to bar them from attending a meeting between Esimov and Kazakhstani bloggers in Almaty.

Also on February 20, a RFE/RL correspondent and several other people were not allowed to attend Esimov's annual meeting with Almaty residents.
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