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Nursultan Nazarbayev
Нұрсұлтан Назарбаев
Встреча Владимира Путина с Нурсултаном Назарбаевым 2.jpg
1st President of Kazakhstan
Assumed office
16 December 1991
Prime Minister Sergey Tereshchenko
Akezhan Kazhegeldin
Nurlan Balgimbayev
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Imangali Tasmagambetov
Daniyal Akhmetov
Karim Massimov
Serik Akhmetov
Karim Massimov
Preceded by position established
2nd Chairman of Nur Otan
Assumed office
4 July 2007[1]
Preceded by Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic
In office
22 February 1990 – 24 April 1990
Prime Minister Uzakbay Karamanov
Preceded by Kilibay Medeubekov
Succeeded by Erik Asanbayev
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakh SSR
In office
22 June 1989 – 14 December 1991
Preceded by Gennady Kolbin
Succeeded by position abolished
Prime Minister of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic
In office
22 March 1984 – 27 July 1989
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet Bayken Ashimov
Salamay Mukashev
Zakash Kamaledinov
Vera Sidorova
Makhtay Sagdiyev
Preceded by Bayken Ashimov
Succeeded by Uzakbay Karamanov
Full member of the 28th Politburo
In office
14 July 1990 – 29 August 1991
Personal details
Born Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev
(1940-07-06) 6 July 1940 (age 74)
Chemolgan, Kazakh SSR Soviet Union
(now Kazakhstan)
Political party Communist Party (1962–1991)
Independent (1991–1999)
Nur Otan (1999–present)
Spouse(s) Sara Alpysqyzy (1962–present)
Children Dariga
Religion Sunni Islam

Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev[2] (Kazakh: Нұрсұлтан Әбішұлы Назарбаев [nʊrsʊlˈtɑn æbəʃʊˈlɯ nɑzɑrˈbɑ.jɪf]; Russian: Нурсултан Абишевич Назарбаев [nʊrsʊlˈtan ɐˈbʲiʂɨvʲɪtɕ nəzɐrˈbajɪf]; born 6 July 1940) is the President of Kazakhstan. He has been the country's leader since 1989, when he was named First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Kazakh SSR, and was elected the nation's first president following its independence from the Soviet Union in December 1991. In April 2015, Nazarbayev was re-elected with almost 98% of the vote.

The role of Nazarbayev and his political reforms was acknowledged by Daniel Witt, Vice Chairman of the Eurasia Foundation. He noted: "[President] Nazarbayev has led Kazakhstan through difficult times and into an era of prosperity and growth. He has demonstrated that he values his U.S. and Western alliances and is committed to achieving democratic governance."[3] However, no election ever held in Kazakhstan has met international standards.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Nazarbayev was born in Chemolgan, a rural town near Almaty, when Kazakhstan was one of the republics of the Soviet Union.[6] His father was a poor labourer who worked for a wealthy local family until Soviet rule confiscated the family's farmland in the 1930s during Joseph Stalin's collectivization policy.[7] Following this, his father took the family to the mountains to live out a nomadic existence.[8]

His father avoided compulsory military service due to a withered arm he sustained when putting out a fire.[9] At the end of World War II the family returned to the village of Chemolgan, and Nazarbayev began to pick up the Russian language.[10] He performed well at school, and was sent to a boarding school in Kaskelen.[11]

After leaving school he took up a one-year, government-funded scholarship at the Karaganda Steel Mill in Temirtau.[12] He also spent time training at a steel plant in Dniprodzerzhynsk, and therefore was away from Temirtau as riots over working conditions enveloped the town.[12] By the age of 20, he was earning a relatively good wage doing "incredibly heavy and dangerous work" in the blast furnace.[13]

He joined the Communist Party in 1962, and quickly became a prominent member of the Young Communist League.[13] He soon became a full-time worker for the party, and picked up a college education at the Karagandy Polytechnic Institute.[14] He was appointed secretary of the Communist Party Committee of the Karaganda Metallurgical Kombinat in 1972, and four years later became Second Secretary of the Karaganda Regional Party Committee.[14]

In his role as a bureaucrat, Nazarbayev spent his days dealing with legal papers, solving logistical problems and industrial disputes, as well as meeting workers to solve individual issues.[14] He later wrote that "the central allocation of capital investment and the distribution of funds" meant that infrastructure was poor, workers were demoralized and overworked, and centrally set targets were unrealistic; he saw the steel plant's problems as a microcosm for the problems for the Soviet Union as a whole.[15]


Started profession as a worker at the Temirtau steel-lives up to expectations, Kazakhstan, c. late 1950s; joined Communist Party of Kazakhstan, mid 1960s; acted as an expert and later a financial specialist at a metalworks office in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, after 1967; secretary for the Karaganda advisory group of the Communist Party, 1973-77, and of the Karaganda Regional Committee, 1977-79; Kazakh Communist Party (KCP), secretary of the Central Committee, 1979-84; seat, Kazakh Council of Ministers, 1984-89; delegated leader of the KCP by Mikhail Gorbachev, 1989, and chose presidium seat of the Kazakh Supreme Soviet; named president of Kazakhstan by the lawmaking body, April, 1990; surrendered from the KCP, 1991; shaped Socialist Party of Kazakhstan; chose Kazakhstan president by famous vote, 1991; administration stretched out to the year 2000 by a 1995 choice vote; re-chose, 1999 and 2005.


Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. An uncommon post-Soviet

pioneer who has figured out how to keep up his administration in spite of the huge political and monetary turmoil of the interceding years, Nazarbayev is on the other hand depicted in the Western media as either an autocrat or a politically sharp pioneer whose strategies have helped his country the ninth biggest on the planet thrive and stay settled. Despite the fact that Nazarbayev has occupied with some faulty moves to guarantee his grasp on the administration, he gives off an impression of being an all around preferred pioneer among Kazakhs, and his nation is ready to turn into one of the world's driving oil exporters by the year 2015.

Conceived Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev in 1940, the future president experienced childhood in a town close to Kazakhstan's fringe with Kyrgyzstan in the southeast. He originated from a group of shepherds, a typical line of work in the zone and a memorable legacy of the Kazakh individuals. An itinerant individuals slipped from Turkic and Mongol intruders who vanquished the steppes in medieval times, the Kazakhs developed as a country around the fifteenth century. A progression of attacks in the nineteenth century brought the Kazakh republic under majestic Russian standard, alongside a significant part of whatever is left of Central Asia.

When Nazarbayev was conceived, Kazakhstan was authoritatively known as the Kazakh Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, and was managed by Moscow with an iron hand. The tribal Kazakhs had unequivocally opposed Russian command throughout the years, and endured substantial populace misfortunes in the decade prior to Nazarbayev's introduction to the world when they dismissed the constrained collectivization of their ranch and peaceful terrains. The region was industrialized, as well, and it was at the huge Temirtau steelworks complex that Nazarbayev started his working life while still in his high schoolers. He was an iron caster, and his long workday inside the overheated impact heaters obliged him to drink salt water to keep up his body temperature.

Nazarbayev joined the Communist Party in the mid 1960s, while concentrating on toward a degree in metallurgy. Party participation was compulsory amid the Soviet time for any individual who sought after expert headway in their vocations, and after Nazarbayev graduated in 1967 he went to work at a metalworks office in Karaganda, an expansive mechanical city in the north of Kazakhstan. He started as a specialist, and later turned into a market analyst. He was dynamic in the Komsomol, the adolescent association of the Communist Party, and turned into the neighborhood secretary of Karaganda's Communist Party board of trustees in 1973. After four years, he progressed to the post of secretary of the Karaganda Regional Committee of the Kazakh Communist Party (KCP).

After a stretch as secretary of the KCP Central Committee from 1979 to 1984, Nazarbayev was selected seat of the Kazakh Council of Ministers. He held this post until 1989, when Soviet pioneer Mikhail Gorbachev named him the new leader of the KCP. His neighborhood party associates likewise chose him seat of the presidium of the Kazakh Supreme Soviet. Be that as it may, the Soviet Union was rapidly crumbling into political turmoil because of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the announcements of autonomy made by the Soviet satellite conditions of Eastern Europe. In Kazakhstan, there had long been profound discontent with Moscow, most as of late in conflicts that happened in the winter of 1986, when Soviet troops utilized power against dissenters in the city of Almaty, the capital.

In April of 1990, a recently gathered Kazakh national council chose Nazarbayev to serve as president, and after six months proclaimed its power as a republic inside of the Soviet Union. This was not the same as announcing freedom, for some in the nation Nazarbayev among them—trusted it would be ideal to partner with the capable Soviet alliance than against it. This was urgent to the steadiness of Kazakhstan's economy, on the grounds that at the time, about every last bit of its fares went to Soviet-controlled terrains.

The break with Soviet-style socialism, nonetheless, was finished inside of a year, with Nazarbayev formally leaving his enrollment after hardliners inside of the gathering made an unsuccessful overthrow against Gorbachev. "Try not to ask what we're constructing in Kazakhstan, socialism or private enterprise," he told writer Robin Knight for a September of 1991 article in U.S. News & World Report. "I'm burnt out on this dull inquiry. We have trusted in myths for a really long time. We now need to indulgence the entryways totally open."

A couple of months after the fact, in the wake of the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan announced its autonomy. It joined the recently shaped Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and seven other previous Soviet republics, and decisions were held that same month, in December of 1991 Nazarbayev ran unopposed, and was chosen president. He kept on keeping up a genial partnership with Moscow, however in the meantime, courted support with the West by destroying the atomic test offices situated in Kazakhstan.

The year 1995 denoted a defining moment in Nazarbayev's political vocation. Results from administrative decisions were pronounced invalid by the Kazakh Constitutional Court, and the nation's parliament was requested broken up until new races could be held. Nazarbayev affirmed the disintegration, halfway on the grounds that he was troubled with the body's absence of backing for his approaches. He expected authoritative forces himself, otherwise called lead by announcement. Another constitution was sanction by submission, yet vote misrepresentation was reputed to have happened. The new constitution gave him extra powers, and another choice that year endorsed a measure to amplify his administration until the year 2000.

Such political strategies created some universal political examiners to question whether majority rule government had grabbed hold in the nation, yet Nazarbayev courted support with both Russia and the West. He permitted global oil organizations, for instance, into the rich oil handle in Tengiz and Kashagan. The Kashagan stores, found in 1979, embody the second biggest oil field on the planet, furthermore contain incomprehensible characteristic gas holds. ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, and government-possessed substances of Russia and Kazakhstan are accomplices in adding to the Tengiz field, which is required to achieve full limit of 700,000 barrels a day by 2010. Development of a gigantic pipeline course to take the oil toward the West, by means of a more extended Caspian Sea course rather than through Iran, additionally started.

Nazarbayev called the following presidential decision a year right on time, in January of 1999, and this time the reasonableness of the vote was undisputed: his little girl, Dariga, was his ostensible adversary, however her motto was, generally interpreted, "there is no different option for the present president." She additionally controlled the state-run news office. Nazarbayev's most dependable adversary, the previous leader Akezhan Kazhegeldin, was pronounced ineligible to run as a result of a political meeting he went to. Hopefuls likewise expected to post a $30,000 store to enroll for a spot on the poll, a sum that would be relinquished in the event that they lost. To the shock of few, Nazarbayev won an additional seven-year term with 78 percent of the vote. The Communist Party competitor, Serikbolsyn Abdildin, completed in second place with somewhat more than 13 percent.

Because of the nation's oil riches, Kazakhstan turned into the first of the 15 previous Soviet republics to reimburse its obligation to the International Monetary Fund. Its economy grew nine percent in 2004 and 2005, and petroleum-industry investigators anticipated that the nation will enter the rundown of the world's main ten oil sending out countries by 2015. Nazarbayev channeled some of that new riches into another capital, called Astana, which highlighted patriot paeans to Kazakh history and to his initiative, as well. The vigorously confined Kazakh press, in the mean time, reported little on the 2005 prosecution in U.S. government court in New York City of James Giffen, a U.S. resident who had functioned as an expert to the Kazakh oil service. Giffen was accused of passing out some $84 million in real money installments to Nazarbayev and two other top authorities, including the previous PM, when the agreement with Chevron and Exxon for oil rights in the nation were in arrangement. Nazarbayev's political foes claim he has discharged his bonus away in private Swiss ledgers.

Kazakhstan's next presidential decisions were booked for December 4, 2005. Once more, human-rights gatherings accused Nazarbayev's administration of taking part in mischievous strategies to hush real political talk, a claim that took a vile turn when his fundamental foe, a previous government pastor named Zamanbek Nurkadilov who had guaranteed to talk openly about government debasement, was discovered shot to death three weeks prior to the race. Nazarbayev won the decision with more than 90 percent of the vote, and was sworn into office on January 11, 2006.

In spite of his dictator ways, Nazarbayev is endured and even regarded by numerous subjects, as indicated by Western writers, who likewise report that there are obvious indications of the nation's freshly discovered thriving, particularly in the primary urban focuses. Nazarbayev's most youthful girl, Aliya N. Nazarbayeva, built an excellent spa in Almaty, the previous capital and biggest city, that was displayed on Egypt's famous sanctuary of Luxor. When it opened for business in March of 2005, a yearly family participation could be purchased for an aggregate of tenge, Kazakhstan's unit of coin, that drew nearer $8,000, about twice what a normal laborer takes home every year. Her sister, Dariga, left the media business to frame a political gathering, Asar ("All Together") and was chosen to parliament in 2004.

Rise to power[edit]

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Nazarbayev (second from left) at the signing of the Alma-Ata Protocol, December 1991

In 1984, Nazarbayev became the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan (chairman of the Council of Ministers), working under Dinmukhamed Kunayev, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan.[16] Nazarbayev criticized Askar Kunayev, head of the Academy of Sciences, at the 16th session of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan in January 1986 for not reforming his department. Dinmukhamed Kunayev, Nazarbayev's boss and Askar's brother, felt deeply angered and betrayed. Kunayev went to Moscow and demanded Nazarbayev's dismissal while Nazarbayev's supporters campaigned for Kunayev's dismissal and Nazarbayev's promotion.

Kunayev was ousted in 1986 and replaced by a Russian, Gennady Kolbin, who despite his office had little authority in Kazakhstan. Nazarbayev was named party leader on 22 June 1989--[16] only the second Kazakh (after Kunayev) to hold the post. He was Chairman of the Supreme Soviet (head of state) from 22 February to 24 April 1990.

Despite having just been named as leader of Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev was close enough to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that he was Gorbachev's second choice to be Vice President of the Soviet Union in 1990. However, Nazarbayev turned the offer down.[17] On 24 April 1990, Nazarbayev was named the first President of Kazakhstan by the Supreme Soviet. He supported Russian President Boris Yeltsin against the attempted coup in August 1991 by Soviet hardliners.[18]

The Soviet Union disintegrated following the failed coup, though Nazarbayev was highly concerned with maintaining the close economic ties between Kazakhstan and Russia.[19] In the country's first presidential election, held on 1 December, he appeared alone on the ballot and won 91.5% of the vote.[20] On 21 December, he signed the Alma-Ata Protocol, taking Kazakhstan into the Commonwealth of Independent States.[21]


Nazarbayev with US President George W. Bush at the White House in September 2006.

Nazarbayev is a constant participant of the most important conferences and forums of the world, such as high-level meetings as UN General Assembly, Nuclear Security Summits, World Economic Forum in Davos. Nazarbayev has opened Kazakhstan's doors as host country for high-level events: the OSCE Summit in Astana held in December 2010, the 38th Session of the OIC Ministerial Council in June, 2011, and the Almaty 1 & Almaty 2 P5+1 talks with Iran on its nuclear program. Nazarbayev also initiated a series of forums that gather the international community’s attention. In particular, the Astana Economic Forum, the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the Eurasian Media Forum, sessions of the Council of Foreign Investors and others.[22]

In December 2012, President Nazarbayev outlined a forward-looking national strategy called the Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy.

Nazarbayev renamed the former State Defense Committees as the Ministry of Defense and appointed Sagadat Nurmagambetov as Defense Minister on 7 May 1992. The Supreme Council, under the leadership of Speaker Serikbolsyn Abdilin, began debating over a draft constitution in June 1992. The constitution created a strong executive branch with limited checks on executive power.[23]

Opposition political parties Ezat, Zheltoqsan and the Republican Party, held demonstrations in Almaty from 10–17 June calling for the formation of a coalition government and the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Sergey Tereshchenko and the Supreme Council. The Parliament of Kazakhstan, composed of Communist Party legislators who had yet to stand in an election since the country gained its independence, adopted the constitution on 28 January 1993.[23]

An April 1995 referendum extended his term until 2000. He was re-elected in January 1999 and again in December 2005. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticized the last presidential election as falling short of international democratic standards.[24] On 18 May 2007, the Parliament of Kazakhstan approved a constitutional amendment which allowed the incumbent president—himself—to run for an unlimited number of five-year terms. This amendment applied specifically and only to Nazarbayev: the original constitution's prescribed maximum of two five-year terms will still apply to all future presidents of Kazakhstan.[25]

Nazarbayev appointed Altynbek Sarsenbayev, who at the time served as the Minister of Culture, Information and Concord, the Secretary of the Kazakh Security Council, replacing Marat Tazhin, on 4 May 2001. Tazhin became the Chairman of the National Security Council, replacing Alnur Musayev. Musayev became the head of the Guards' Service of the President.[26]

Nazarbayev with Lee Myung-bak in Seoul, 2010.

Notwithstanding Kazakhstan's membership in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (now the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation), under Nazarbayev the country has had good relations with Israel. Diplomatic relations were established in 1992 and President Nazarbayev paid official visits to Israel in 1995 and 2000.[27] Bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to $724 million in 2005.

Nazarbayev at the 2011 Nur Otan congress, discussing cooperation with foreign states in the "fight against terrorism and fight against epidemics and environmental disasters."[28]

In 1994 Nazarbayev suggested the move of the capital from Almaty to Astana, and the official shift of the capital happened o December 10, 1997.[29]

On 4 December 2005 new Presidential elections were held and President Nazarbayev won by an overwhelming majority of 91.15% (from a total of 6,871,571 eligible participating voters). Nazarbayev was sworn in for another seven-year term on 11 January 2006.

In 2009, former UK cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken released a biography of the Kazakhstani leader entitled Nazarbayev and the Making of Kazakhstan. The book takes a generally pro-Nazarbayev stance, asserting in the introduction that he is mostly responsible for the success of modern Kazakhstan.[30]

December 2011 saw the 2011 Mangystau riots, described by the BBC as the biggest opposition movement of his time in power.[31] On 16 December 2011 demonstrations in the oil town of Zhanaozen clashed with police on the country's Independence Day. Fifteen people were shot dead by security forces and almost 100 were injured. Protests quickly spread to other cities but then died away. The subsequent trial of demonstrators uncovered mass abuse and torture of detainees.[31]

Nazarbayev received the Man of the Year national award in 2012. The award in State Policy category was also given to Russia's President Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The leaders of the three countries were awarded for their contribution into creation of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) and the Customs Union.[32]

President Nazarbayev announced in 2014 that Kazakhstan should change its name to "Kazakh Yeli" ("Country of the Kazakhs"), for the country to attract better and more foreign investment, since "Kazakhstan" by its name is associated with other "-stan" countries. Nazarbayev noted Mongolia receives more investment than Kazakhstan because it is not a "-stan" country, even though it is in the same neighborhood, and not as stable as Kazakhstan. However, he is letting the people decide on whether the country should change its name.[33][34]

Allegations of corruption[edit]

As of 2015, Kazakhstan has never held an election meeting international standards.[35][36]

Nazarbayev won the first presidential election in 1991, as no other politician managed to gather enough signatures to enroll as an official candidate.[37]

In May 2007, the Parliament of Kazakhstan approved a constitutional amendment which would allow Nazarbayev to seek re-election as many times as he wishes. This amendment applies specifically and only to Nazarbayev, since it states that the first president will have no limits on how many times he can run for office, but subsequent presidents will be held to a five-year term.[38]

President Nazarbayev declared a holy war against corruption and ordered the adoption of "10 steps against corruption"[39] to fight corruption at all levels of state and society.

A former minister in the Nazarbayev government, Zamanbek K. Nurkadilov, said that Nazarbayev should answer allegations that Kazakh officials had accepted millions of US dollars in bribes from an intermediary for U.S. oil firms in the 1990s.[40]

Nazarbayev has been called one of the "ultimate oligarchs" of the post-Soviet central Asia states.[41] He is believed to have transferred at least $1 billion worth of oil revenues to his private bank accounts in other countries and his family controls many other key enterprises in Kazakhstan.[41]

Nazarbayev on various issues[edit]

Eurasian Economic Union[edit]

On May 29, 2014, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed a treaty to create a Eurasian Economic Union which created a single economic space of 170 million people and came into effect in January 2015.[42] Nazarbayev said shortly after the treaty was signed, “We see this as an open space and a new bridge between the growing economies of Europe and Asia.”[42]

Environmental issues[edit]

In his 1998 autobiography, Nazarbayev wrote that "The shrinking of the Aral Sea, because of its scope, is one of the most serious ecological disasters being faced by our planet today. It is not an exaggeration to put it on the same level as the destruction of the Amazon rainforest."[43] He called on Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the wider world to do more to reverse the environmental damage done during the Soviet era.[44]

Nuclear issues[edit]

Nazarbayev is a global leader on nuclear nonproliferation issues and global security. Kazakhstan inherited from the Soviet Union the world's fourth largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. Within four years of independence, Kazakhstan possessed zero nuclear weapons.[45]

Presidents Nazarbayev & Obama held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

President Obama acknowledged President Nazarbayev's leadership during a bilateral meeting at the 2012 Nuclear Summit in Seoul, South Korea. Nazarbayev offers Kazakhstan as a model for other countries to gain security by giving up nuclear weapons programs and stockpiles.[46]

During the Soviet era, over 500 military experiments with nuclear weapons were conducted by scientists in the Kazakhstan region, mostly at the Semipalatinsk Test Site, causing radiation sickness and birth defects.[47] As the influence of the Soviet Union waned, Nazarbayev closed the site.[48] He later claimed that he had encouraged Olzhas Suleimenov's anti-nuclear movement in Kazakhstan, and was always fully committed to the group's goals.[49] In what was dubbed 'Project Sapphire', the Kazakhstan and United States government worked closely to dismantle former Soviet weapons stored in the country, with the Americans agreeing to fund over $800 million in transportation and 'compensation' costs.[50]

Nazarbayev encouraged the United Nations General Assembly to establish 29 August as the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. In his article he has proposed a new Non-Proliferation Treaty "that would guarantee clear obligations on the part of signatory governments and define real sanctions for those who fail to observe the terms of the agreement."[51] He signed a treaty authorizing the Central Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone on 8 September 2006.[citation needed]

In an oped in The Washington Times, President Nazarbayev called for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty to be modernized and better balanced.


In a speech given on 15 December 2006 marking the 15th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence, Nazarbayev stated he wished to join with Iran in support of a single currency for all Central Asian states and intended to push the idea forward with Iran's then President Ahmadinejad on an upcoming visit. The Kazakh president also reportedly criticized Iran as a terrorism-supporting state. The Kazakh Foreign Ministry released a statement on 19 December, saying the reports were mistaken and contradictory to what the president actually meant.[52]

Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy[edit]

Nazarbayev unveiled in his 2012 State of the Nation the Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy, a long-term strategy to ensure future growth prospects of Kazakhstan, and position Kazakhstan as one of the 30 most developed nations in the world.[53]

Women in politics[edit]

In 2011, Nazarbayev called on his government to provide increased opportunities for women to serve in politics and government. "I instruct the government, together with the Presidential administration and the national commission for women's affairs, the leadership of the Nur Otan Party, to form a concrete plan effective to 2016 for the promotion of women in taking decisions", he said at the first women's congress.[54]


President Nursultan Nazarbayev has put forward the initiative of holding a forum of world and traditional religions in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. Earlier the organizers of similar events were only representatives of leading religions and denominations. Among other similar events aimed at establishing interdenominational dialogue were the meetings of representatives of world religions and denominations held in Assisi, Italy in October 1986 and January 2002.[55] The first Congress of World and Traditional Religions which gathered in 2003 allowed the leaders of all major religions to develop prospects for mutual cooperation.[citation needed]

Nazarbayev espoused anti-religious views during the Soviet era;[56] he has now exerted effort to highlight his Muslim heritage by performing the Hajj pilgrimage,[56] and supporting mosque renovations.[57]

Under the leadership of Nazarbayev, the Republic of Kazakhstan has enacted some degrees of multiculturalism in order to retain and attract talents from diverse ethnic groups among its citizenry, and even from nations that are developing ties of cooperation with the country, in order to coordinate human resources onto the state-guided path of global market economic participation. This principle of the Kazakh leadership has earned it the name "Singapore of the Steppes".[58]

However, in 2012 Nazarbayev proposed reforms, which were later enacted by the parliament, imposing stringent restrictions on religious practices.[59] Religious groups were required to re-register, or face closure.[60] The initiative was explained as an attempt to combat extremism. However, under the new law many minority religious groups are deemed illegal. In order to exist on a local level, a group must have more than 50 members; on a regional level – more than 500; on the national level – more than 5000.[59]

Personal life[edit]

Nazarbayev is married to Sara Alpysqyzy Nazarbayeva, and they have three daughters — Dariga, Dinara and Aliya.



  • Order of the Golden Eagle
  • Medal "Astana"
  • Medal "10 Years of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan"
  • Medal "10th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan"
  • Medal "10th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan"
  • Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Railway of Kazakhstan"
  • Medal "10 Years of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan"
  • Medal "50 Years of the Virgin Lands"
  • Jubilee Medal "60 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
  • Medal "10 Years of the City of Astana"
  • Medal "20 Years of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan"

Soviet Union[edit]

Russian Federation[edit]

Foreign awards[edit]

See also[edit]


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Uzaqbay Qaramanov
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