Dastan Sarygulov

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Dastan Islamovich Sarygulov (Kyrgyz: Дастан Дастан Ислам уулу Сарыгулов / Dastan İslam uulu Sarıgulov, born 1947) is a Kyrgyz businessman and politician. After graduating as an engineer in 1970, he made a career in the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic in the 1970s to 1980s. A protégé of the first Kyrgyz president, Askar Akayev, he was given the position of governor of Talas in 1991–1992, and president of Kyrgyzaltyn, a state company formed in 1992 with the purpose of the development of gold deposits. In this position, he was alleged to have perpetrated serious fraud and embezzlement against the government.[1]

When Akaev was ousted by the Tulip Revolution, Sarygulov managed to secure the position of state secretary in the cabinet of president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, formed after the 2005 election, but was forced to step down under president in May 2006.[2] During his time in office, he also chaired an ideological committee where he proposed the adoption of "Tengrism" as an ethnocentric Kyrgyz national ideology.[3]


  1. ^ "The management of this newly formed state company was given to Dastan Sarygulov, who had no previous mining experience, but who was a close associate of president Akaev's wife" [...] "a man frequently charged with corruption and incompetence", quotations from Handrahan (ed.) Gendering ethnicity: implications for democracy assistance, Routledge, 2002, ISBN 978-0-415-93252-3, p. 120
  2. ^ May 16, 2006 (RFE/RL)
  3. ^ Erica Marat, Kyrgyz Government Unable to Produce New National Ideology , 22 February 2006, CACI Analyst, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute.