In mid-October, Erlan Baltabay was sentenced to five months and eight days in prison for refusing to pay a fine. He also faces a seven-year term for his involvement in the banned Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan
Erlan Baltabay faces an eight-year jail term on charges of misappropriation of funds although he has time and again argued that he was only in possession of the money since the dissolution of his union in 2015
Activists have asked the International Labor Organization to review the ongoing repression of workers in the country.
Ahead of the June 9 elections, the interim government of Kazakhstan has cracked down on activists and those campaigning for free and fair elections