Kazakhs who fled Xinjiang, Kaisha Akan and Murager Alimuly, who covered violations of the rights of ethnic minorities in China, were injured in two attacks on the same day and at approximately the same time in Almaty and in the suburbs of Nur-Sultan. Kaisha Akan, who was granted asylum in Kazakhstan last year, was attacked late in the evening on January 21 near her home in Almaty, Bekzat Maksutkhanuly, head of the unregistered organization "Nagyz Atazhurt", which raises issues of persecution of Kazakhs and representatives of other indigenous ethnic groups in Xinjiang, reported. “Kaisha called me and told me that unknown people had beaten her […]. She was hit on the head with an unknown object, strangled and dragged along the ground, after which she lost consciousness," Maksutkhanuly told Azattyq. Later, Akan was taken to the city clinical hospital. Human rights activist Gulmira Kuatbekova does not consider the attacks a coincidence. "It's a warning. They did not take anything from her. She has all the documents. Kaisha Akan had noticed suspicious things before. She lives in a rented house. Outsiders came there earlier, asking about Akan. Her relatives who remained in China were warned not to talk about human rights violations in China,” Kuatbekova said. Murager Alimuly, who was also granted asylum in Kazakhstan last year after serving a prison sentence on charges of "illegally crossing the border," said he was attacked and stabbed in a village near Nur-Sultan. The police launched investigations into both attacks.