Released after 18 years in prison, dissident Kazakh poet dies after COVID-19 hospitalization

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Sixty-eight-year-old dissident poet Aron Atabek has died while being treated in a Kazakh hospital for COVID-19, one month after his release from a long prison term.

Atabek’s sister Razia Nutysheva told RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service that her brother died in an intensive care unit on November 24.

Atabek (aka Edigeev) was released in early October after serving most of an 18-year prison sentence stemming from a 2007 conviction for helping organize protests that resulted in the death of a police officer.

Atabek had maintained his innocence since his arrest in 2006…

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