Another Traffic-Related Journalist Death in Kazakhstan

by Nathan Hamm on 6/13/2005 · 1 comment

Last time it was the director of the Khabar News Agency, this time it is a well-known opposition journalist, Batyrkhan Darimbet. (Many more cases in the Jamestown story linked below.)

Marat Yermukanov at Jamestown reports that Darimbet was in the city of Taraz to set up local branches of Forward, Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan! Police have pledged a thorough investigation of the incident.

Yermukanov also points out that the death is revealing an ethnic rift in Kazakhstan’s opposition.

The Russian-led opposition’s restrained reaction to Darimbet’s death points to the widening rift in the opposition camp along ethnic lines. Darimbet, an ardent advocate of the Kazakh language and culture, never enjoyed significant popularity among the Russian-speaking opposition.

Just another reason why I wouldn’t call Kazakhstan’s opposition ready for prime-time. I wouldn’t have called Kyrgyzstan’s ready either though.


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Curzon June 13, 2005 at 1:00 pm

Just another reason why I wouldn’t call Kazakhstan’s opposition ready for prime-time. I wouldn’t have called Kyrgyzstan’s ready either though.
Right on both counts… Kyrgyzstan is sure one hell of a mess.

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