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Political persecution of a civil activist Venera #ZHANBAYEVA.

16 September 2021#Astana

Political persecution of a civil activist Venera #ZHANBAYEVA.

On 15 September, two unidentified men who introduced themselves as Akimat staff looked for an activist at her previous place of work, which Venera had left over a week ago. Failing to find her there, the unknown men called Venera and asked to meet her, without even identifying themselves.

The reason for the search for the activist may be Venera’s posts on social media about her intention to go to a peaceful rally in the near future.

Venera has repeatedly reported that she has been regularly followed by police officers and unidentified individuals in civilian clothes.