The 52-year-old opposition politician is still not being treated in prison - this news was reported by his wife, Aliya Turusbekova. Vladimir Kozlov's current health problems could lead to a stroke, but the administration of the colony remains idle.
On 16 July, 2013, Aliya Turusbekova reported that she had had a telephone conversation with her husband, Vladimir Kozlov. During the conversation, the opposition politician complained that he was still not being treated in the colony EC-164/3, where he is serving his prison sentence. "He had severe pain in the right hip joint. He wrote a application for medical care to the medical unit, but it prompted no reaction from the administration of the colony," - said Aliya Turusbekova.
In addition, Vladimir Kozlov is disturbed by frequent headaches
and high blood pressure. The health condition of the opposition
politician was commented on by a renowned Kazakh physician,
president of the Civil Foundation 'Aman Saulyk', Bakhyt
Tumenova: "Vladimir Ivanovich has suffered from vascular
disorders for the last ten years, and upon his diagnosis, I
referred him to a neurologist. Twice a year, he
received medication which supported his vascular system - drips and
tablets. Now, he apparently suffers from an
aggravation. Given the condition of his vessels, his severe
headaches mean there is a threat he may suffer a
stroke". According to Bakhyt
Tumenova, the optimal solution for Vladimir Kozlov would be to
receive treatment in the form of drips, however they are dangerous
to administer in a colony, since there is a risk of contracting
dangerous infections: hepatitis C or HIV.
On 23 July, 2013, Aliya Turusbekova had a short meeting with Vladimir Kozlov in the colony. During the meeting, he reported that the pain in his back troubles him more and more. In the infirmary he was prescribed some pain relievers, but they did not help. The situation is being further aggravated by frequent duties, to which Vladimir Kozlov has been assigned. "From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. they work in the kitchen, peeling potatoes, washing dishes, cleaning up the dining room. It's all unpaid work, and with hardly any breaks ", - stated Aliya Turusbekova. According to human rights activist, Yevgeniy Zhovtis, such actions, carried out by the administration of the colony are illegal, because prisoners shouldn't be engaged in an unpaid work more frequently than 2 hours a week. If they work longer, then such work should be paid.
Vladimir Kozlov continues to insist that he be transferred to
one of the colonies near his place of residence, ie. in the Almaty
Province. Vladimir Kozlov is serving his sentence in the colony EC
164/3 in the city of Petropavlovsk, North Kazakhstan Province.
According to Article 68 of the Criminal Executive Code (CEC of the
RK), the convict should serve his sentence in a prison proximate to
the place of his last residence prior to his arrest. In the case of
Vladimir Kozlov, this would be the city of Almaty. As in Almaty
there is no strict regime colony, Vladimir Kozlov should have been
transported to the Almaty Province in order to ensure the
maintenance of contact with his family, - human rights activist
Yevgeny Zhovtis explained the reasons behind the provisions of the
CEC of the RK.
Another significant reason for his transfer to a prison
near his place of residence is the fact that his wife, Aliya
Turusbekova, is pregnant. Because of the great distance between
them, it is going to be difficult for her to visit him. In
this regard, Vladimir Kozlov is going to write an application for a
transfer to a colony in the Almaty Province. Earlier, on 21
May, 2013, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan,
Kalmukhanbet Kasymov stated that there are no barriers to
transferring Vladimir Kozlov to one of the prisons of Almaty, but
the request cannot be granted, because, according to Article 76 CEC
of the RK, the person sentenced to imprisonment must serve his
entire sentence in one correctional institution.
However, what arouses concern is the fact that
on 17 July, 2013, one of the secret anonymous
sources of the information-analytical portal 'Respublika' informed
the editorial staff that Kazakh secret services are preparing a
provocation against Aliya Turusbekova in order to exert pressure on
her husband, Vladimir Kozlov. They intend to compel the politician
to confess his guilt, give incriminating testimony against Mukhtar
Ablyazov and publicly repent. "The pressure will be exerted
through his wife, Aliya Turusbekova. The instruction was given to
obtain materials, discrediting Aliya", - former law
enforcement officer of Kazakhstan told the journalists. Vladimir
Kozlov enunciated that he had repeatedly faced similar methods,
applied by the intelligence services. However, he abides by the
principle never to admit to anything he has not done.
As for the criminal executive system as a whole, while in prison, Vladimir Kozlov has expressed a desire to suggest to MPs his concept of a reform of the Criminal Procedure Code, which is now being actively discussed in Kazakhstan. According to Vladimir Kozlov, a system of preferences should be created, which would motivate convicted offenders to rehabilitate and, as a result, would open up the possibility for parole.