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Zhanaozen: The Unknown Tragedy

Kazakh police in Zhanaozen (Image: Campaign Kazakhstan)
Kazakh police in Zhanaozen (Image: Campaign Kazakhstan)

To commemorate the third anniversary of the Zhanaozen killings of 16 December 2011, the film Zhanaozen: the unknown tragedy (directed by Yulia Mazurova and shown at the 2013 GLI Summer School) has now been made available online.

The 30-minute documentary includes film of the police attack that the authorities wanted to hide, interviews with oil workers whose strike was ended by the massacre (at least 16 killed and 60 wounded) and scenes from the court in which activists were jailed. The film makers have asked supporters to distribute the link widely. Denis Bilunov, who worked on the film, said: “Thank you for the efforts you have made before. Since March 2013 screenings with public discussions took place in important venues: Helsinki, Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, Kiev, Brussels, London, Geneva and Milan.”

You can view the English language version on Vimeo here:

And the original Russian language version on Youtube here:

Update, Friday 19th December:

It should be noted that one of the leaders of the workers’ strike in Zhanaozen, Roza Tuletaeva, who was detained, tortured and sentenced to seven years imprisonment for her involvement in the strike, was released on November 25th from the penal colony where she was incarcerated. This is a great victory, however the fight for justice for those murdered by the police in 2011 goes on.

For more information on the Justice for Kazakhstan Oil Workers campaign, see:


News and events

Zhanaozen: The Unknown Tragedy

 “Zhanaozen: the Unknown Tragedy”

First and exclusive UK documentary showing

Wednesday 4th December, 6-8pm


Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square


In 2012 a SIHRG team conducted a trial observation and published a report of the trial and conviction of Vladimir Kozlov and others in relation to the events of 16 December 2011 – the bloodshed in Zhanaozen, Mangistau Region, West Kazakhstan.

This evening is dedicated to the second anniversary of the tragic events of 16 December 2011 and includes a firstand exclusive UK showing of the documentary “ Zhanaozen: the Unknown Tragedy”.


GALYM AGELEUOV is a Kazakh human rights defender, cultural specialist, historian of religious beliefs and, blogger. In 2011 he monitored the peaceful assembly in Zhanaozen and has become a leading expert on legal aspects of the tragic conflict in Zhanaozen. He is active in supporting the families of the oil workers and specifically Roza Tuletaeva. He is also an academic and has received numerous academic awards.

DENIS BILUNOV is a Russian politician, writer, and journalist. Bilunov helped organize the Marches of Dissent from 2006 to 2008, and was one of the creators of the Solidarity movement, and has led the Moscow branch since 2011. He was the creator and first editor-in-chief (2005-2007) of the website. Bilunov was an organizer of the Anti-Seliger opposition forum, and is currently a host on Network Public Television.

YULIA MAZUROVA is a writer and the Director of the documentary “Zhanaozen: The Unknown Tragedy”.


Further event details can be found here.

Further information on the “Justice for Kazakh oil workers campaign” can be found here.