Kazakhstan: Environmentalist detained by police while photographing scenes of village abandoned as a result of Karachaganak oil & gas field operations
Author: Crude Accountability, Published on: 13 May 2019
"Media: The Police Detained Environmental Activist in Western Kazakhstan Oblast", 7 May 2019
In Burlin District of Western Kazakhstan Region...the police, without any explanation, detained environmental activist Sergey Solyanik. He was detained while photographing in the village of Berezovka, the residents of which were relocated from the area of impact from the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field...“We arrived in the village of Berezovka in order to photograph it...Previously, I actively helped the villagers fight for relocation. I was hoping to speak with them in order to find out how satisfied they are with the conditions of their relocation. But when we photographed scenes of the abandoned village, we were approached by police cars and they detained us and took us to the Regional Department of Internal Affairs,” Sergey Solyanik managed to say. After two and a half hours Sergey informed us that he had left the building of the Burlin Regional Department of Internal Affairs...After this he returned to the Office of the Prosecutor of Burlin District with a complaint about the actions of the police officers.