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Why Are They “Lining Up” Ratel.kz?

Why Are They “Lining Up” Ratel.kz?

On March 28, 2018, the Public Prosecution Office of the Almaty Medeyski district filed a request to close the Ratel.kz internet portal. The trial is now ongoing. The circumstances surrounding this media-resource have already received a reaction from the OSCE, Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, Committee to Protect Journalists. So far, however, it is unclear what happens next.

The Sultanbekov Precedent

The Sultanbekov Precedent

Former Deputy Chairman of Kazakhstan Engineering JSC Kanat Sultanbekov sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for taking bribes (the imprisonment was later changed for a fee) was able to effectively pay the sum of 2.14 bln tenge imposed by the court.  He paid the first 959 mln tenge on December 11, 2017; and he paid the remaining 1180 mln via two tranches completed on February 5 and February 6, 2018.