He also faced a separate trial on charges that he had financed that year’s land code protests.
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Matayev and his son were found guilty in October and sentenced to six and five years in prison, respectively.
The government remained sensitive to the perceived threat of Russian nationalism.
In June, a group of up to 26 suspected Islamist militants attacked weapons shops and security installations in the city of Aktobe.
At least 25 people were killed, including 18 attackers.
In January, authorities arrested Shymkent-based businessman Tokhtar Tuleshov, who was known for his close Russian ties.
Also during the year, the authorities continued to arrest and prosecute journalists and social media users on a range of criminal charges.
In March 2016, President Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan party won a lopsided victory in early parliamentary elections, capturing 84 of the lower house’s 98 directly elected seats—one more than in 2012.