What started as a hunger strike by a relatively small number of oil
workers in the town of Karazhanbasa in West Kazakhstan last week has now
turned into a mass strike – now over fifteen thousand oil workers are on
Towards the end of December 2002, CWI comrades in the CIS heard that the
case of well known worker activists in Karaganda, Kazakhstan facing
serious court charges (see
previous reports) is coming to a conclusion. The final hearing was
postponed and begins on 6 January 2003.
On the 20 February, Saken Zhanusov and Rustem Zhanusov were sentenced to
3 years in Kazakhstan’s notorious prisons. Their comrade Ramil Mingazov,
for reasons of health, was ordered to pay a large fine.
Four activists from the Karaganda Confederation of Free Trade Unions in
Kazakhstan are currently under arrest and are facing serious charges.
This is a continuation of the type of repression doled out to worker
activists who are building an independent class opposition to the
authoritarian rule of gangster-capitalist...