Kazakh: Мұхтар Шаханов
|Born||2 July 1942
Mukhtar Shakhanov (Kazakh: Мухтар Шаханов) (born 2 July 1942 in Otrar, Kazakhstan)  is a prominent Kazakh writer, lawmaker, and the Kazakh ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. He is also a Member of Parliament for Majilis, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Zhalyn.
Well known in Kazakhstan for his articles, which raised public awareness of the need for the protection of the Aral Sea has earned him worldwide recognition  and leading the commission  on Jeltoqsan tragedy.   
- Persons. Parliament of Republic of Kazakhstan
- Adult Award Winner in 1992. Global 500 Forum
- Kazakhstan cautiously marks 20th anniversary of anti-Soviet protests. MSN Japan THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS