Yesergepov, Ramazan

State of concern: .
Original citizenship: .
Alleged affiliation: Civil society, Journalist.
Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   Stage 3
Class of most serious incident: .
Date of most serious incident: 2017.
Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .
Exiled? Yes.
Category of exile: .

Who, Why and How exiled: Ramazan Yesergepov is government critic and journalist. Yesergepov was formerly editor of an obscure and sporadically published Almaty-based newspapers  called 'let's start from Monday' «Начнем с понедельника» or  Alma-Ata Info  ( Radio Free Europe, 2017) . He was also head of the civil society organsiation  " Journalists in Trouble" ( Radio Free Europe, 2017)

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): Yesergepov  believed he was going to be set up by the Kazakh government  to avoid him continuing to appeal his conviction ( Eurasinanet, 2017).

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): In mid-May 2017,  Yesergepov, 61,  was victim of a stabbing on a train as he was heading for meeting with Western diplomats to raise the issue of a jailed newspaper editor, Zhanbolat Mamay, who is awaiting trial on charges that he used his outlet to launder money (Eurasianet, 2017).

Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …): In August 2009, he was sentenced to three years in jail for purportedly reproducing classified information in an article in his newspaper. He has since lobbied to have his conviction overturned, arguing that he was denied a fair trial ( Eurasianet, 2017).

Current status: In 2017 Yesergepov fled to France ( Paris)  in self-imposed exile ( Eursianet, 2017, Radio Free Europe, 2017).  

Press sources: Eurasianet, 2017. 'Kazakhstan: Government Critic Flees, Seeks Refuge in Europe'. August 4, 2017. [Online]. Available at: Radio Free Europe, 2017. "Путь Рамазана Есергепова до Парижа" August 7, 2017.[Online]. Available at: