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Qazaq journalist Aydos Sadykov targeted in Kyiv shooting

18.06.2024, 15:46

Aydos Sadykov / Photo: screenshot from RBС Ukraine's video

An unknown person shot at Qazaq opposition journalist Aydos Sadykov in the Shevchenkiv district of Kyiv, RBС Ukraine reports.

According to the police, they received a report of a shooting on V. Yarmola Street. At the scene, the police learned that an unknown person had approached the parked car where the journalist and his wife were, shot at the journalist and then fled.

All services are working on the ground; the incident is being assigined a legal category, action is being taken to identify and detain the attacker.

Who is Aydos Sadykov

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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