Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

Civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar recently renounced her activism, shocking many in Kazakhstan’s political opposition and rights community. Other activists believe Khalabuzar was pressured into making her groveling statement and argue that the recantation represents a pernicious trend in Kazakhstan’s ever-shrinking space for independent thought. (Photo: Olesya Khalabuzar’s Facebook page)

Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously that her grand ambition for Kazakhstan was to promote a change in the population’s mindset.

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Aktan Rysaliev is a pseudonym for a journalist working in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

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