Kazakhstan: Authorities Using Intimidation to Quell Labor Unrest

For all the oil riches that abound in the surrounding region, Aktau is not a prosperous or beautiful city. Grey Soviet apartment blocks exude an air of decay, and the more recent high-rise buildings are already aging poorly. Uneven and unpaved sidewalks and poorly paved roads are the norm. (Photo: Maurizio Totaro)

“He opened our eyes.” Toizhan’s face lit up as she recalled how the leader of her trade union, Amin Yeleusinov, first began spreading the word about worker rights.
 

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Peter Leonard is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor. Aigerim Toleukhanova is an independent journalist based in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Authorities Using Intimidation to Quell Labor Unrest

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