In this undated file photo provided by Alga Party, Vladimir Kozlov, 52, leader of Kazakhstan's unregistered political party Alga, speaks in an undisclosed location. The trial of Kozlov

 

              In this undated file photo provided by Alga Party, Vladimir Kozlov, 52, leader of Kazakhstan
In this undated file photo provided by Alga Party, Vladimir Kozlov, 52, leader of Kazakhstan's unregistered political party Alga, speaks in an undisclosed location. The trial of Kozlov, accused of whipping up fatal clashes between oil workers and police late last year, is offering up a rare window into whether Kazakhstan is shaking off its reputation as an authoritarian backwater and promoting democratic reforms. Kozlov and his two fellow defendants, opposition activist Serik Sapargali and trade unionist Akzhanat Aminov, were arrested for their suspected involvement in inciting the violence in mid-December in Zhanaozen between striking oil workers and police. At least 14 people died when police opened fire on rioters. (AP Photo/Alga Party)