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Authorities in Kazakhstan Can’t Take a Joke

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Temirlan Ensebek talks to reporters outside a police station in Almaty, Kazakhstan on May 15, 2021.  © 2021 RFE/RL Temirlan Ensebek, a 25-year-old from Almaty, Kazakhstan, is under criminal investigation on charges of “disseminating knowingly false information” in connection with the satirical Instagram account Qaznews24, which he ran for a few weeks in April. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. On May 15, police detained Ensebek for questioning, carried out a search of his home, and confiscated two mobile phones and a laptop. After several hours…

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