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The most detailed chronicle of events related to the poisoning of children in Berezovka.

January-February, 2016
On January 22, there was a meeting with the Akim of the Burlin district of West Kazakhstan. At the meeting, relatives of an affected 15-year-old girl said that after relocation to Aksai she continued to feel unwell, and that the hospital provided almost no treatment. The Burlin representative for the central district hospital reported that tickets to the medical resort were meant for children up to 14 years old. According to him, the sick students from Berezovka were allegedly diagnosed with vascular dystonia, which doesn’t require special treatment.

According to the parents of the affected children who have recently relocated from Berezovka to Aksai, the health problems continued after relocation. The children often experienced severe bouts of dizziness and loss of consciousness. One of the girls became ill at school, and the school officials called an ambulance to pump oxygen into her lungs. In early February, another child in the classroom complained of cramping and severe headaches. The school administration called the child's parents and asked them to take the little girl home without bothering to call an ambulance. This child began a sharp deterioration in health since last summer, after the tragedy of 11/28/2014. Another victim from that tragedy who has since graduated from high school and currently lives and studies in Uralsk, called for an ambulance in January due to a loss of consciousness. Such attacks continue for the girl on a monthly basis.

October-November, 2015
Once every three days, on average, a student visited the village clinic with complaints of headaches, cramps, heart palpitations, and blood pressure surges. One of the girls affected the year before experienced bleeding from her throat and severe abdominal pain. The diagnosis was undetermined. She was relocated to Uralsk, but her health did not improve.

The Parents Group presented authorities with several requests: 1) the establishment of a poisoning culprit; 2) that the affected children should receive medical examination and treatment abroad. If it were determined that they had a disability as a result of exposure to poisonous substances, then they should receive disability payments; 3) there should be a compensation for the physical and moral damages caused by KPO in the amount of $200 thousand dollars.

September 18, 2015
An Azattyk radio reporter witnessed one of the students in the 6th grade fainting. The student was not injured in the event the year prior. The school principal forbade the reporter to videotape what was happening. According to parents and local doctors, complaints of students of feeling unwell were becoming more frequent.

August 26, 2015
The Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Berdybek Saparbayev, visited Berezovka and explained that all affected children would be treated in local medical facilities.

18-19 August, 2015
Two children received medical examinations at the Moscow Semashko Children's Center, where it was confirmed that the children were poisoned by an unknown toxic substance and prescribed appropriate treatment.

August 10, 2015
While on vacation, four children from Berezovka were fainting almost daily, three of them were affected on November, 28, 2014. The hospital administration has refused to comment on the situation and attempted to hide the fainting from the parents.

June 28, 2015
The government fined KPO 9.5 billion tenge for noncompliance with environmental laws, however, neither side recognized the damage to the health of Berezovka residents.

July 27, 2015
KPO General Director, Renato Maroli, imposed a ban on video, photography, and media contacts.

June 24, 2015
The House of Culture held a gathering of Berezovka village residents for resettlement with the parents and relatives of children who were actively affected on 11/28/2014. The residents demanded that the authorities and KPO compensate them for health damages, however, their appeals went unheeded by authorities.

June 16, 2015
One of the girls affected on 11/28/14 was examined by the Moscow Semashko Children's Center. She was diagnosed with "toxic encephalopathy." It turned out that the disease had gone untreated for a long time, and the doctors recommended that the parents urgently withdraw the child from Berezovka and treat with blood transfusions.

June 12, 2015
It became known that the expansion of sanitary zone (SPZ) of the Karachaganak field would begin on May 18, 2016 due to the modernization of gas injection facilities. Consequently, the residents of Bestau and Berezovka would be relocated by December 31, 2017.

May 28, 2015
Criminal case №14273603100724 opened after a mass poisoning case again KPO was closed for lack of evidence. Children continued to faint, even while in the hospital.

May 26, 2015
One of the girls already living outside Berezovka fainted and was unconscious for almost four hours. Her left leg began to swell, but medical examination surveys and x-rays did not reveal anything. Doctors diagnosed the girl with anemia and refused to release the exam.

9-13 May, 2015
Two girls fainted on the street. One girl had a very strong attack with convulsions and delirium. She was taken to a hospital in Aksai and it took doctors one and a half hours to help her regain consciousness.
May 11, 2015 Six students fainted while in school. On May 12, three students fainted in school, including a new girl who had not fainted before.

May 5, 2015
An emergency order stopped the production line at the Karachaganak Processing Complex. The reason for the stop was the discovery of a leak of liquid hydrocarbons (B-type).

April 18, 2015
A girl affected on 11/28/14 fainted at school. According to the residents, KPO was annealing in the field that day and the entire village smelled of gas. An employee at Kazhydromet confirmed this information on the phone.

April 2-10, 2015
Three children became ill again and fell asleep during a lesson. Five children received short-term treatment in a private clinic due to repeated attacks.

March 15-16, 2015
On March 16, one of those affected on 11/28/14 became ill in school. According to the testimony of her father, the night before there was fire in the field. Five more children became ill while at school. The local doctor, Magaz Suindykov, refused to conduct home visits for children who were constantly feeling sick.

March 10, 2015
Four children of Berezovka were referred by the state for 10 days of treatment in a private clinic, "Daru," in Aktobe. During treatment, the children continued to faint. Parents requested that the children be sent abroad for treatment, but they were refused by the local administration.

March 2, 2015
Four children became ill during class.

February 26, 2015
Doctors of the multidisciplinary children's hospital in Uralsk refused to admit one of the seriously injured children, citing a lack of reasons for hospitalization.

February 24, 2015
Residents of Berezovka asked local authorities to send their children to foreign clinics for treatment. The head of the Regional Department of Health, Muhamed Aryspaev, stated that there was no reason to treat of children of Berezovka abroad.

February 16, 2015
Eighteen children were referred for medical help after complaining of headaches and dizziness. Two of the children were taken to the district hospital in Aksai.

February 11, 2015
It became known that a working group was established to study the possibility of expanding the SPZ in connection with the implementation of the modernization projects of gas injection capacity. This elaborated the question of the resettlement of Berezovka.

3-4 February, 2015
Residents of Berezovka reported eight new cases of children fainting.

January 21, 2015
Twelve students had attacks, and one girl was sent to the district hospital in Aksai.

January 20, 2015
The head of the Environmental Regulation Committee and state inspection in oil and gas complex, Talgat Momyshev, reported that in the period from January to November 2014, the PAC revealed violations in unauthorized gas burning.

January 19, 2015
According to the locals, 12 children became ill that day.

January 15, 2015
Head of the Department of Consumer Protection area, Mohamed Aryspaev, said that since 12/28/14, 3400 samples of air were studied in Berezovka. There were no serious exceedances of hydrogen sulfide emissions; and on 1/4/15 and 1/5/15, only the MPC was exceeded by almost 2 times. Therefore, he claimed that there was no way the children could have been poisoned by hydrogen sulfide emissions.

January 10, 2015
Berezovka residents were forced to take their children out of the sanatorium "Akzhayik." Many children felt sick and some fainted again.

December 9, 2014
Most of the residents of Berezovka (951 people) supported an appeal to the President and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan requesting to move them to a safe place.

December 8-10, 2014
In order to establish the causes of the situation, the Interdepartmental Working Group, established by order of the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, worked in the field on from 12/8/14 to 12/10/14.

December 3-4, 2014
Six students in Berezovka were taken to hospital after fainting in school. Three children in critical condition, who displayed symptoms of poisoning, were taken to the district hospital in Aksai.
On December 3rd and 4th, 44 residents asked the government for help, 32 of whom were children. Most of them were those affected on 11/28/14.

December 3, 2014
The regional prosecutor, Serik Karamanov, told the media that on the eve of the mass poisoning of children in Berezovka there was a release of hydrogen sulfide from the accident at the gas reinjection compressor which happened during the installation of complex gas processing SE-3. This fact was previously denied by KPO.
In order to identify harmful chemicals, samples of blood, urine, hair were collected from the victims, and a chemical-toxicological examination in Astana was appointed by court, as well as forensic examinations. On the same day, six more children and one adult felt sick.

November 29, 2014
At a meeting with residents, the regional deputy head of health management, Manshuk Aymurzieva, confirmed that the children of Berezovka were impacted by an unknown toxic substance with a selective effect on the central nervous system.

Residents wrote a mass appeal to the President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan with a request to relocate adults and children from dangerous areas.

November 28, 2014 - the day of the tragedy
During school classes there was a sharp deterioration of health of students of Berezovka. The children were having seizures, loss of consciousness, and headaches. A total of 25 children and 4 adults were delivered to the central district hospital in Burlin. They were examined by doctors and went through blood and urine tests. All of the children had low blood pressure.

Five children were left in the hospital, and six children in more critical condition were sent to the regional children's multidisciplinary hospital.

A special regional commission of government representatives was established to investigate the incident.

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