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Police opens investigation into Aydos Sadykov assassination attempt

18.06.2024, 16:06

The Kyiv National Police HQ have begun a pre-trial investigation into the attempted assassination of the Qazaq journalist Aydos Sadykov, 56 (Part 2 of Article 15, Part 1 of Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), reports the press service of the Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office.

According to preliminary information from the prosecutors, an unknown man with a gun ran up to the car where the victim and his wife were, shot at the man and ran away. The incident took place in the capital's Shevchenkiv district, not far from the couple's house. The victim and his wife, who is also a journalist, have been living in Ukraine since 2014 and have refugee status. The man is currently in a serious condition in the hospital.

The police are working to identify the attacker.

Earlier, an unknown person shot at Qazaq opposition journalist Aydos Sadykov in the Shevchenkiv district of Kyiv.

Who is Aydos Sadykov

According to RBC Ukraine, Aydos Sadykov was born in the village of Qarabutaq (Aktobe region, Qazaqstan), near the border with Russia. He graduated from the history department of the Aktobe Pedagogical Institute.

Sadykov has been prosecuted in his homeland. In 2010, he was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of "hooliganism" and released in 2012. He and his supporters called the charges fabricated. Sadykov was an active public figure, organized protest rallies. He ran the Aktobe region branch of the oppositional All-National Social Democratic Party "Azat"; having left the party, he attempted to create the opposition public movement "Hastat" and an independent trade union at the enterprises of the Chinese oil company "SNPS-Aktobemunaigaz".

He and his wife run the YouTube channel "BASE", criticizing the Qazaq authorities and oligarchs. Sadykov is also known for supporting the January 2022 protests in Qazaqstan, which were suppressed by CSTO troops. In October 2023, he was declared wanted in Qazaqstan for "inciting hate".

The latest video on his channel was uploaded today. It has the title "The Qazaq President has become a puppet to Russian influence agents."

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