11 May 2011
Employees of the OzenMunaiGaz, Karazhanbasmunai and Ersai Caspian Contractor go on strike. They ask to end discrimination between local and foreign workers, improve working conditions, increase salaries and observe collective agreements.
27 May 2011
The city court of Zhanaozen deems the strike illegal and promises the intervention of the investigative bodies against protesters.
May – December 2011
Mass dismissals of striking workers, provocations and batteries by unknown attackers, police officers and security services take place on a daily basis. Workers now also demand to stop the persecution, permit the registration of independent labour unions and release detained activists and oppositionists.
16 December 2011
The strike is brutally suppressed by police, leaving at least 17 dead and dozens injured.
17 December 2011
State of emergency is introduced in Zhanaozen. Roads leading to the town are blocked and mobile and Internet communication are disrupted.
23 January 2012
Vladimir Kozlov, who took part in the provision of assistance to the striking workers, gets arrested. He is accused to inciting social hatred, leadership and participation in a criminal group and attempting to overthrow the government.
15 March 2012
The European Parliament adopts an urgent resolution on the situation of human rights in Kazakhstan. It calls on the Kazakh authorities, among others, to stop the political persecutions and to investigate thoroughly the events related to the Zhanaozen tragedy.
19 April 2012
Brutal attack on Lukpan Akhmediarov, journalist of the independent newspaper Uralskaya Nedelya yet another sign of growing repressions against media critical of the regime
May – June 2012
Arrested strikers face farce-trials, accused i.a. of organizing and participation in mass disturbances. Many, including Roza Tuletayeva, one of the leaders of the strike movement in Zhanaozen, denounce the use of torture during the interrogations. The accusations are left unaddressed. Many strikers are sentenced up to several years in prison.
15 June 2013
Bolat Atabayev, prominent Kazakh theatre director gets arrested for having spoken out on behalf of the striking oil workers
16 August 2012
Vladimir Kozlov’s trial begins. He faces punishment of up to 9 years in prison.
8 October 2012
Vladimir Kozlov is sentenced to 7,5 years in prison in a trial, described by international organisations as not fully independent and just.
22 November 2012
The European Parliament adopts a resolution, in which it clearly criticizes increasing repressions against opposition and independent media following Zhanaozen tragedy, as well as lack of any independent investigation into the events.
21 December 2012
Unregisterested opposition party “Alga!” is declared “extremist” and its activities banned on the territory of Kazakhstan.
25 December 2012
A number of leading independent Kazakh media outlets get officially banned as “extremist” with an order by the court of the city of Almaty.
Still no justice is given to strikers arrested after the Zhanaozen tragedy. Those who denounced torture and ill-treatment remain in prison. Roza Tuletayeva is being denied necessary medical care.
Increased repressions against individual independent journalists in Kazakhstan. They are pressured to stop any professional activity they have been carrying out till then.
18 April 2013
The European Parliament adopts an urgent resolution on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan. It calls the Kazakh authorities to release political prisoners and stop any persecution carried out against independent journalists
The Kazakh authorities broaden their repressive actions against opposition to the territory outside Kazakhstan. Misusing Interpol system and secret services, Kazakh authorities go after Mukhtar Ablyazov and his family, friends and ex-colleagues living in Europe.
31 May 2013
Alma Shalabayeva, wife of Mukhtar Ablyazov and their 6-year-old daughter Alua get sent back from Italy to Kazakhstan on a private jet rented by the Kazakh authorities. UN calls this shocking 3-day action an ‘extraordinary rendition”
1 June 2013
Alexandr Pavlov, ex head of security of Mukhtar Ablyazov is arrested for the second time in Spain. Since then, he has been remanded in custody under maximum security, treated as a terrorist. The court grants his extradition to Kazakhstan on 8 November 2013. The final decision will be taken by the government. Pavlov risks torture or even death if sent back to Kazakhstan.
Muratbek Ketebayev, renowned Kazakh politician and oppositionist, one of the founders of the Alga! party, is detained in Poland. Kazakhstan requested his arrest on 7 June 2013, linking him to accusations against Mukhtar Ablyazov. He is released on 13 June as prosecutor states that charges against him are most probably politically motivated. His name is removed from Interpol wanted list.
31 July 2013
Mukhtar Ablyazov is arrested in France, near Cannes. He is being remanded in custody in Aix-en-Provence since. Kazakhstan is moving in collaboration with Ukraine and Russia to request his extradition.
21 October 2013
Amnesty International launches an urgent action in the case of Tatiana Paraskevich, ex colleague of Mukhtar Ablyazov detained in 2012 in the Czech Republic and risking extradition to Russia and Ukraine. She risks ill-treatment if sent back to one of the countries.