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RFE/RL's Kazakh Website Restored

Readers inside Kazakhstan can now access the website of RFE/RL's Kazakh Service for the first time since April 11. The blockage prompted expressions of concern by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Congress, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and numerous nongovernmental human rights and press-advocacy organizations.

Internet access to the website is provided by state-run KazTelecom.

"We're very impressed by the support shown by the international community for freedom of information and media rights in Kazakhstan," RFE/RL President Jeffrey Gedmin said. "We never did get a reply or an explanation about the service disruption from the Kazakh government."

Service was also restored to RFE/RL's English-language website in Kazakhstan and RFE/RL websites in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan -- all of which use KazTelecom as their Internet service provider.

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