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Kazakhstan. They tried to kill a journalist in Kiev. One of the suspects reported to the police

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One of the suspects in the attempted murder of opposition journalist Ajdos Sadykov on June 18 in Kiev was detained in Kazakhstan on Friday, the country's Prosecutor General's Office announced on Saturday. He was to report himself to law enforcement

The General Prosecutor's Office of Kazakhstan announced on Saturday that one of the suspects in the attempted murder of opposition journalist Ajdos Sadykov, which took place on Tuesday, June 18 in Kiev, was detained in the country. The man was to report himself to law enforcement authorities. “On June 21, A. Żakanbayev voluntarily reported to the internal affairs authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan, where he was interrogated. (…) On the same day, he was detained on suspicion of committing this crime (attempted murder – ed.),” the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement on Saturday Kazakhstan.

The statement added that operational activities are being carried out to determine the whereabouts of the second participant in the attack in Kiev.

The journalist was shot in the head

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Sadykov, the author of the popular opposition YouTube channel “Base” in Kazakhstan, was shot in the head while driving a car. He underwent surgery and is still in the intensive care unit. The journalist's wife was in the car during the incident, but she was not injured.

Place of the incident gp.gov.ua

As reported by the Kazakh opposition portal Vlast, the two attackers, Kazakh citizens A. Zhakanbayev and M. Karatayev, arrived in Ukraine on June 2 and immediately started following Sadykov. They left the country on the day of the attempted murder of the journalist, going to Moldova. They were included on the international wanted list.

On Friday, Kazakh President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev ordered law enforcement agencies to locate the suspects and confirmed his readiness to cooperate with the Ukrainian side in the investigation.

Ajdos Sadykov

Sadykov and his wife Natalia fled Kazakhstan in 2014 after the authorities ordered Natalia's arrest for publishing on the then most popular Kazakh opposition website, Respublika (the authorities in Astana closed it in 2016). There was a change of power in Ukraine after the overthrow of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, and the couple obtained refugee status there.

Ajdos Sadykow was already quite a famous person at that time. He headed the regional branch of the Azat opposition party, created an independent trade union at the enterprises of the Chinese oil company SNPS-Aktobemunaigas, organized protest actions, tried to create the Gatat (Kastet) protest movement and published in the then opposition press. Earlier, in 2003, he was placed in a psychiatric clinic for a month because, in a state of alleged insanity, he allegedly threw a fork at a waiter in 1999.

In July 2010, he was sentenced to two years in a penal colony on charges of hooliganism. He was attacked in front of his house, after which the police immediately appeared and severely beat Sadykov. Despite the surveillance footage showing the true course of the incident, the court found Sadykov guilty of assaulting a passer-by and resisting the officers.

The Sadykovs became the first widely known Kazakh political emigrants in Ukraine. In 2018, well-built, unidentified men who introduced themselves as police officers broke into their apartment. They demanded that Sadykov stop writing posts criticizing the Kazakh authorities, otherwise he would be deported. Despite reporting this fact to the police, the Ukrainian authorities did not conduct an investigation into the matter.

Since 2014, Sadykov has been running a YouTube channel called “Base” (loosely translated from Kazakh: “simply”), criticizing the Kazakh authorities. Some videos reach 5 million views, which is an impressive result for Kazakhstan, a country with a population of just over 20 million people.

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