Biography of the Leader – history of the country
Aug 08. Kazpravda
By Maksut SHARIPOV
Official biography of Nursultan Nazarbayev- First President of Kazakhstan Republic- has come out.
The book is first of the kind. Previously the only sources for the President’s biography that could give an accurate and reliable data on it had been archives, museums and exhibitions that had discrepancies in the description and reading of certain events, facts and dates. The official biography, published in 20 thousand copies, puts all the facts right.
Access to the documentary information on President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s activities was limited. The First President Museum was open for the study to the guests and residents of the capital alone, nor could the originals from the President’s personal archives be held in hand, as they were kept as exhibits behind the glass or in storage.
The value of the official biography is in giving an opportunity for a glimpse into history, to touch it in the literal sense of the word. Copies of personal documents are reproduced in size, texture and colors of the originals, even the school certificate and the President’s handwriting. They all give the feel of the atmosphere of the time and events and form the idea of Kazakhstan history.
Many facts can be gleaned from the subject sections. From the paper pockets you can retrieve and carefully examine the school certificate, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s working notes made while working at the Karaganda Metallurgical plant, or “taken out” notepad slips of the time of his political activity. All this is, in fact, a museum in miniature.
There are diary pages that describe the disturbing events of 19-22 August 1991, known as “the August coup” and the ensuing period, tersely set in chronological order. There is no mistaking N.Nazarbayev’s pain and anxiety for the nation’s fate underlying them.
“Perishing harvest this year,” – he writes with dismay, a disturbing question: “What will become of Gorbachev?” On the Emergency Committee (GKChP) there is a brief and succinct comment that is double lined: “The Committee is unconstitutional.”
The book gives a copy of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s notes, made when he worked on the Constitution, the outlined anti-crisis program, notes made during classes in English, sketches of buildings, made by hand.
One of the pages shows a 50 tenge banknote with the portrait of President Nursultan Nazarbayev- an offered design that he turned down.
The publishing team led by Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Mahmoud Kasymbekov has done a copious research, studied documents at the Central State Archive, the Archive of the President, the First President Museum, the Presidential Administration, the State Archives of the Karaganda region, Karaganda City Archives, State Archives of Temirtau, historical museum in Karasai district of Almaty region.
The main attention is paid to the political biography of the President, given in the historical retrospective of dramatic and controversial events and processes unfolding in Kazakhstan at the turn of XX-XXI centuries.
The book consists of 12 chapters, each describing a landmark in the biography of the protagonist.
The official biography, issued by the “Business World Astana” publishing house will be sent to schools, universities, libraries, central and local government agencies of the country.