Accessibility links

Breaking News

Kazakh Woman Dies In Hospital After Setting Herself Alight

Aqmaral Akhmetova reacts outside the Kazakh Prosecutor-General's Office after the death of her mother Maira Rysmanova in Astana on December 14

ASTANA -- A Kazakh woman who was hospitalized after she set herself on fire to protest her son's conviction on drug charges has died in hospital.

Maira Rysmanova's relatives say she died in a medical clinic in Astana early on December 14.

Rysmanova poured gasoline on herself and set herself on fire in front of the Prosecutor-General's Office in Astana on December 6.

Rysmanova's son was found guilty of illegal drug possession and sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail in June 2015.

After Rysmanova's death was announced, a spokesman for the Prosecutor-General's Office, Erzhan Galeev, said that Rysmanova had been aware that her son's case was being reinvestigated.

Rysmanova's daughter, Aqmaral Akhmetova, protested in front of the Prosecutor-General's Office on December 14, demanding justice.

With reporting by
  • 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. In 2009, Azattyq won the prestigious 2009 Online Journalism Award for "standing in defense of citizen’s rights to seek and receive information."