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...
In the Central Asia republics, national and local power as remained in
the hands of the former party elite, and with the exception of Kyrgizia,
the president is the former communist party [former ruling party] first
secretary. Once the USSR broke up, these people ditched the idea of
socialism very quickly and instead of...
A CONFERENCE of CWI members in Kazakhstan earlier this month was a great
success. 20 comrades attended from Karaganda, Zhambul, Pavlodar, Uralsk
and Almata. Visitors from Russia and from the CWI also attended.
There has been a big stepping up of repression against the Workers
Movement of Kazakhstan, a major working-class organisation. Criminal
charges have been lodged against four members of its executive Saken and
Ramil Dzhunosov, Ramil Mengazov and Sergei Popov.
At a special court hearing last Friday, a criminal court judge in
Karaganda, Kazakhstan, suddenly decided that there were "no legal
grounds" for holding workers’ leader, Saken Zhanusev, on remand (i.e. in
prison) until his trial, which could be months away.
The struggle to defend the jobs and living standards of the workers at
the Irtyishskii Foundry in Glubokii, near Ust-Kamenogorsk, in East
Kazakhstan, has been stepped up and workers are appealing for support.
A peaceful protest by several hundred women in Kentau City, southern
Kazakhstan, fighting on social issues and against police repression, was
brutally attacked and broken up by police, and many of the protesters
were arrested. Activists in the Workers’ Movement of Kazakhstan have
called for international...
Mass privatisations started in 1994 and it took them four years to
privatise allmost all main industries, oil and gas. More than 300 mines
were taken over by transnational corporations from the West, more than
90 per cent of the natural resources, most metal factories etc.