Exhibition dedicated to Bauyrzhan Momyshuly opens in Almaty

ASTANA – An exhibition dedicated to the Hero of the Soviet Union, Kazakh national hero and great military leader Bauyrzhan Momyshuly recently opened in Almaty. His personal belongings are presented for the first time. The exhibition also presents dozens of photographs about Momyshuly’s life.

Zhas Otan Chairman Madi Akhmetov organised the exhibition. He graduated from the Almaty school named after Momushuly and has been interested in Momyshuly’s biography since he was a little boy.

“When people speak about Kazakhstan’s patriotism, our legendary hero Bauyrzhan Momyshuly is first to come to my mind. It seems to me that now young people do not have enough patriotic upbringing. So I wanted, together with Almaty museum, school No.131 named after Bauyrzhan Momyshuly and Zhas Otan to hold the exhibition, which will run for two weeks until August 29,” Akhmetov said.859203095c2faa2f1bd91482beb8de82

The exhibition presents unique photographs and other personal items provided by his daughter-in-law for the first time. Some of the photos are signed by the commander.

Akhmetov said that as the 21st century is considered to be the age of visualisation, it is very important to present such information in such a way, especially for young people. He plans to organise more exhibitions.

There is still no museum dedicated to Bauyrzhan Momyshuly in Almaty nor does the national museum have an exhibition.

“In the future, we plan to organise a number of patriotic exhibitions dedicated to Aliya Moldagulova, Manshuk Mametova, Khiuaz Dospanova, Talgat Bigeldinov and other heroes,” Akhmetov said, adding that he hopes to open a military-patriotic museum in Almaty.



Best Capital Employee voting begins in Astana

ASTANA – An online vote called Yenbek Zholy, to determine the best employee of the capital, will be held among the employees of various enterprises from Aug. 1 to 31, the media centre of the Astana akimat (city administration) reported.

Twenty-three applications were submitted for participation in the contest between May 20 and July 20.

“The Yenbek Zholy contest is held for the second time and consists of three nominations: The Best Labour Dynasty, The Best Young Production Worker and The Best Mentor of Working Young People. The selection of winners will be held in two stages: at the city and national levels, the first stage of voting started Aug. 1 and will end Aug.31,” said Makpal Akbasova, acting head of employment coordination department.

The Best Labour Dynasty award will be given to the most numerous labour dynasty of the capital with the longest working experience and the greatest number of awards.

The Best Young Production Worker will be given to the most hardworking employee with an experience of no more than five years.

And The Best Mentor of Working Young People award will be bestowed on the most effective mentor with an experience of at least 20 years.

The online voting will determine the top three contestants in each category, who will have received the maximum number of votes (nine applicants). At the second stage, the regional commission will determine the winners of the competition from each of the three leaders.

The award ceremony will be held on the day of the national forum Towards a Society of Universal Labour. Winners will be awarded with valuable prizes and diplomas. All participants will receive letters of gratitude.



Kazakh student promotes nuclear weapons-free world at Peace Foundation in New Zealand

ASTANA – Working to promote peaceful practices and a nuclear weapons-free world has been Arailym Kubayeva’s mission for the last five months at the Peace Foundation office in Auckland, New Zealand. Kazakhstan-born Kubayeva spoke about her projects at the organisation and her motivations and challenges in an interview with The Astana Times.

After graduating from the German-Kazakh University in Almaty in 2015, Kubayeva continued her studies at the University of Tubingen in Germany, focusing on peace research and international politics.

Students there often spend a semester studying or interning abroad and while looking for such programmes, she encountered an internship opportunity at the Peace Foundation.

Established in 1975, the Peace Foundation works to promote peaceful practices that support the creation of peaceful communities at all levels. The scope of their activities includes peaceful education in New Zealand and beyond, advising on peace-related policies and decision-making bodies as well as providing a platform for the exchange of ideas in this field.

“Searching the internet, I found the Peace Foundation from New Zealand that does the conflict resolution work in schools, families and communities. I became interested in their peer mediation programme as well as national and international youth programmes in schools. It was [lucky] because they have an international internship programme and that is why they are very interested to see an international intern. My interests and skills fitted ideally to their needs and vision. I have been working for this [nongovernmental organisation] for five months and three weeks are now remaining until I am done with my internship,”  Kubayeva explained.

Besuch einer Schule mit Training von der Peace Foundation (Praktikum), 2017

At the Peace Foundation, Kubayeva is involved in the organisation of the Schools’ Peace Week, held Aug. 7-11 to raise awareness about the adverse consequences of nuclear weapons and promote nuclear disarmament and a nuclear weapons-free world.

The programme’s geographical scope has expanded since it was unveiled in 2002, as it now engages schools not only in New Zealand, but also worldwide. For instance, this year 125 schools from six countries registered for the project. Kubayeva has also been preparing a Responding to Armed Conflict (REACT) presentation on the same topic and presenting it at Auckland schools.

The theme of a nuclear weapons-free world is of particular importance to Kazakhstan, Kubayeva said.

Kazakhstan voluntarily renounced the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal, which it inherited after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and joined major international nuclear non-proliferation treaties.

Given the significance of the topic to Kazakhstan, Kubayeva worked to involve Kazakh schools in this project, and this year the Peace Foundation received two registrations from the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools in Astana and in Kubayeva’s hometown, Aktobe.

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The organisation has special ambassadors that help set up the event at their schools. “For Schools’ Peace Week we have amazing ambassadors from Kazakhstan. They are very smart and talented young people who are actively engaged in social and political life. They help hosting the event in the schools registered for [Schools’ Peace Week] SPW, spread the word through their social media pages and serve as good role models for every student involved in our projects,” noted Kubayeva.

People who promote change in the surrounding communities and at the same time strive to be the change they want to see inspire her.

“I am inspired by people who relentlessly give their energy into building a safe and peaceful society based on democratic values; who truly believe in the change, but they also try to improve themselves to be this change,” she said.

Kubayeva has been active since childhood. Born in 1992 in the small village of Kulsary near Aktobe city, she and her family moved to Aktobe four years later to access “more opportunities in the future.”

“My family is quite an average Kazakh family, not very rich, but also not very poor. My mother is a very hard-working woman whose dream was to ensure her children get the best future in growing Kazakhstan with so many opportunities,” Kubayeva said.


Her passion for reading is one of many things instilled by her parents. “My childhood was full of reading. I remember that my favourite department in every store was the book department and I could spend hours looking at book titles and going over the books. I never went out of a shop without a new book. I asked my relatives to bring me a book as a present. The internet did not exist at that time in Kazakh households,” Kubayeva recalls of her childhood.

She was also an active high school student, taking part in various events. She starred in theatrical performances, sang in a band and danced in a city dance club. She was also active in academics taking part in local Olympiads in such subjects as the history of Kazakhstan, Russian literature and physics.

Freedom to do what you want taught her one important thing, she said.

“I have never thought that our dreams had borders. I grew up with a free mind and I preserved it. I think this is my best achievement throughout all these years,” Kubayeva commented.

Freedom of choice is what she particularly likes about the Peace Foundation. “I am so free in offering my own vision and my ideas are always welcome by the team. Everyone really wants to help interns and they do not just want tasks to be completed. You feel so appreciated, as a very important part of the whole process,” she said.

Studying abroad and immersing herself in different cultures comes easily to Kubayeva, but the mixture of different identities challenged her.

“I easily can integrate into new conditions of different free societies, which is why some societal customs can become very close after some time spent in a country. That is why I feel like a person with many identities. Some may say it is a good thing, it is a result of globalisation and it is what we need to have. However, I feel the need to explore my very first culture, the Kazakh culture, to feel stronger and culturally more confident to live truly a happy life,” Kubayeva said.



Sarbaz historical medieval warriors battle in Bayanaul

ASTANA – The Sarbaz historical medieval battle became the highlight of the Khan Koryk international youth festival, which attracted thousands of spectators to Bayanaul National Park. Knights with historically accurate 30-40-kilogram armour and arms came from the capital, Almaty, Pavlodar, Kostanai and Bishkek to determine the strongest among them.

With mountains, fresh air, a refreshing lake, beautiful nature and historic background, Bayanaul was an ideal place for the medieval-themed event. The air temperature reached 35 degrees Celsius, yet the participants wore special clothes similar to quilted jackets or very heavy coats and armour. Even sitting in armour was extremely hot, but they had to battle.

Medieval fighters are fanatic about the re-enactment. They are usually tall, heavy, tough guys able to fight and wrestle, because an armoured knight weights 120-160 kilograms. The men are ready to travel several thousand kilometres by bus or train to any country and clash as soon as they arrive and their armour is unpacked, despite weariness, heat or cold. The Kyrgyz team travelled many hours from Bishkek and even didn’t ask for time to rest and eat.

Temir Tumen club chose the 15th century for the activity, because the Kazakh Khanate was established during the period. The club’s armoured knights presented the origin of Kazakh history and its people. Such warriors stood up for the right of the Kazakh people’s independence.

“My first big battle was in Russia. I was standing on grass and my teammates were standing close to me in formation, shoulder to shoulder. I saw numerous enemies in front of me, watching for every movement. Everything around was medieval. Even spectators had medieval clothes. I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me and I couldn’t believe that this was not real. I was sure that I was in the 15th century and I was going to fight to the death,” said Temir Tumen member Yerbolat Zhakupov about his first battle.

He finds the events exhilarating.

“All my teammates will agree with me. We pack our armour and arms, get on our bus and go somewhere to forget about everything: work, family, heavy traffic, Internet, news and problems. Everyday life becomes useless and uninteresting; when we are together, we are going to fight!” he noted.


“People at such festivals are very friendly. Everybody hugs their opponent after the battle. We usually live in one place. We share our food and drink with each other. Every club tries to organise at least one event per year and invite other clubs to their region,” he added.

Temir Tumen club member and individual combat champion Yuriy Chuguyevskiy talked about the thrill of the fight.

“It is never too late to stop fighting or refuse to participate in the battle and I don’t find it dishonourable. Look at social media! There are hundreds of ex-champions of historical medieval battles there seeking financial aid. They have serious health problems. Part of them became disabled! I have two little kids and I do help my old mom,” he said.

“I train myself every day at home and go to our club’s gym once a week. Every day I am preparing myself for such battles. I live anticipating one of them. It is my lifestyle: being a knight, a heavy armoured warrior who is ready to defend himself, his own family and country and face any challenges. This lifestyle really changes you, making you more confident, manful and kind,” he added.

Despite the cost and time from home, Chuguyevskiy has support for his hobby.

“I have to spend a lot of money on it, but my wife isn’t against it. She is proud of me and cheers for our club,” he said.

Medieval re-enactors face some of the same challenges as the real warriors.

“I had a sneaky feeling before this battle. My wife and I aren’t religious or superstitious people, but we saw some writings on the wall and were sure that something really bad would happen to me. The battles are quite dangerous and all of them end with different traumas for some of the participants. Fortunately, I came back home safe and sound. To be more exact, that was my first battle without any serious trauma,” said Zhakupov.

Every historical medieval fighter dreams of participating in the world championship Battle of Nations, but Kazakh teams currently compete only against their counterparts from Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Ukraine. As the last ones are the best in the world, the local teams have good opponents in defending the honour of their country.



Kazakh Kurultai in Tyumen region brings 5,000 people together

ASTANA – The Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan’s delegation from the country’s northern region took part in a July 22 Kurultai of Kazakhs in the Tyumen region.

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The festive event, which gathered about 5,000 individuals, was held in the Berdyuzhie district, where a significant number of ethnic Kazakhs live.

North Kazakhstan region assembly secretariat head Nail Salimov read congratulations from regional governor Kumar Aksakalov, where he noted the region’s cooperation with the Tyumen region in the trade, economic, humanitarian and social spheres.

Salimov presented a dombra to Kazakhs living in Tyumen.

“It seems as if we did not leave Kazakhstan,” he said.

The Kurultai began with a parade of delegations of the region’s cities and districts and colourful presentation on the unity of the Kazakh and Russian peoples. Berdyuzhie district head Viktor Rein and other honourable guests applauded the holiday’s participants.

In a video message, Tyumen region Governor Vladimir Yakushev called the Kazakh Kurultai a significant event in the social life of the region.

“Tyumen land has hosted this wonderful holiday every summer for more than 20 years. It is important for everyone who respects the traditions of the Kazakh people and appreciates ​​the value ​​and diversity of Russian culture. This national and cultural project enjoys well-deserved popularity,” he said.

Yakushev expressed confidence that Kurultai 2017 will give a new impetus to the effective cooperation between the Tyumen region and Kazakhstan.

Hosted by the region since 1997, Kurultai of Kazakhs is an official holiday of the regional government which, along with Tatar Sabantuy and Chuvash Akatuy, is held with financial support from the regional fund.

The status of Kurultai has significantly increased in recent years, noted National and Cultural Autonomy of Kazakhs of Tyumen region head Yessengali Ibrayev. The event has become a national holiday like the Day of the Region.

The holiday is becoming interregional, thanks to the participation of Kazakh public associations from Russia’s Kurgan and Omsk regions.

Members of the regional autonomy held meetings during Kurultai 2017 in the district administration building. The representatives talked about the results of the annual work, decisions of the latest World Kurultai of Kazakhs in Astana, the autonomy’s participation in World Association of Kazakhs projects and current activities.



Kazakh high schooler wins gold at International Mathematical Olympiad

ASTANA – Kazakh high school student Amir Mokhammed-Ali won gold at the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held July 12-23 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to Tengrinews. The championship brought together 615 young talents from 111 countries.

Mokhammed-Ali, who lives in Pavlodar city in northern Kazakhstan, also captured gold at last year’s IMO in Hong Kong.

The 2017 Olympiad was one of the most difficult in the past few years, according to the jury. The competition lasted two days, with students working on six math problems, or three per day. They had four and a-half hours to accomplish the task.

The Kazakh student received 25 points out of 42, which brought him a gold medal. The highest score of 35 was achieved by a student from Vietnam.

Mokhammed-Ali’s parents had no doubt about their son’s ability.

“Amir has been preparing for this Olympiad since August of last year. He trained eight-nine hours per day and had distance classes with Russian tutors and leading Kazakh mathematicians. He won the International Zhautyk Olympiad in January and National Olympiad in March and here is his new victory. He called us after the first day and said that something had gone wrong and that the results would not be very good. We started to worry, not about the results, but about him. Last year, the victory put a moral burden on him. He had a feeling of responsibility and was determined to win. We were very happy to see on the website that he won gold,” said his father, Ali Abulgazinov.

The Kazakh team needed to return home early due to a tight schedule, thus missing the closing awards ceremony. As a result, Mokhammed-Ali learned about the results at the Amsterdam airport just before their flight home.

“While waiting for the results and for the first day of the Olympiad, our children became worried. In addition, this nine-hour time zone difference affected them. Our children were solving problems when it was already night time in Kazakhstan. This is when the brain works slower. Yet, the students were able to show decent results,” said Mokhammed-Ali’s teacher, Arystan Tekenov.

Based on the results, the Kazakh team took one gold, two silver and one bronze medal, finishing 25th overall. South Korea topped the country rankings, followed by China, Vietnam and the U.S.

A gold medal at the IMO opens up many opportunities, including a university education. Although Mokhammed-Ali has not yet finished school, he was awarded two scholarships from Almaty-based Kazakh British Technical University and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

His plans, however, are not confined to Kazakhstan.

“Unfortunately, Kazakhstan’s universities offer only a 50-percent discount and tuition fees here are quite expensive. However, this is not the main point. Amir intends to apply to top universities in Asia and the U.S, for instance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As parents, we do not want to convince him to stay here. It is his life. He is trying to achieve something. We want to let him try and learn. He will always have time to come back home,” noted his father.

Mokhammed-Ali will start preparing for his university coursework in August. He wants to study science.

“If not directly, my major will relate to applied math for sure. I have one year at school, during which I will be preparing for the IMO in 2018 where I am determined to win. I would like to beat the record of distinguished Kazakh mathematician Kuat Issenov, who claimed silver and two golds at prestigious international math championships. I am determined to win gold for the third time,” he said.

His parents noticed his math skills when he was in first grade. Mokhammed-Ali has been studying math intensively since the sixth grade and three years later became a bronze winner at the national Olympiad.

“The student is very smart. He loves what he does; therefore, he is diligent and hard-working,” said Tekenov.



EXPO 2017 chance to showcase Kazakh contributions to technology, inventor says

Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is serving as host this summer for EXPO 2017. Inventors, companies and scientists throughout the world are presenting their research and vision of the way new technologies can change the future. Represented among them are Kazakh nationals, including Blok Shaikenov, who says he has invented a new type of wind generator with increased efficiency. The device is the result of the engineer’s 12 years of work. In an interview with The Astana Times, Shaikenov spoke about how his invention can improve lives.

 Your interesting model has an unusual form of blade. What is it called?

We call it a wind wheel with angled blades. I have shared this invention with my junior son, Yerzhan Shaikenov.

A wind turbine is a highly complex device consisting of many components. Why did you specifically choose a wind wheel?

Yes, a wind turbine is almost like a separate electric power station that includes a number of installations and mechanisms with different functions. There are three main units in it, namely a tower, a nacelle with a generator and other mechanisms inside and a head attached to it with blades. Almost one-third or more of the cost comes from the tower with its installation. The more power you have, the higher the need to raise the nacelle and blades, and the more expensive the foundation. Maintenance of an operating turbine is also expensive.2

In recent years, a successful wind turbine design was found which greatly influenced the development of wind power and led to a significant reduction in the cost of electricity generated. However, the main mechanism that turns the kinetic energy of the wind flow is the blade. Its design features have been changed many times and have undergone aerodynamic tests. At present, they have already found the shapes, length, width, thickness and curvature of the angle of attack at the edge of the blade which suit the manufacturers in terms of their aerodynamic parametres, although they may differ slightly from one plant to another.

Why did you start changing the structure of the blades? How did it all begin?

I first saw wind turbines in California, USA, in March 2005. At the time, my senior son worked in the headquarters of the Chevron Company in San Ramon. He invited me to visit America. Two weeks after my arrival, my son took a week-long leave and we went for a tour across the region and on the way back visited famous Yosemite National Park, where ancient sequoias grow. When we left the mountains on the border with the plain, we stopped in a field where there were a lot of wind turbines and black and white and red cows grazed. We stopped and had some tea.

I was always interested in new machines. I used to find some defects in them and designed something in my mind. In our time, everything was heavily regulated; it was terribly hard to implement something and much remained just a pleasant idea.

For a long time I was interested in wind turbines. They had three blades with 120 degrees between them and they rotated slowly. I asked my son how they rotate. He laughed and said “from wind, of course.” He is a lawyer, a humanities-minded person, but millions of others would answer the same way. They are right. But I thought differently: what part of the wind flow passes through the blade platform and participates in turning the blade? After all, 120 degrees are between the blades and with the distance from the blade roots the space between them widens. Surely in the tip part of the blades most of the wind flows in vain, without exerting any influence on the rotational movements of the wind wheel. Figuratively speaking, the wind has gone with the wind! Money goes with the wind as well and no one can be blamed. It seemed to me that the search for a change in the design of the wind wheel would surely be a success. I returned to Almaty with this strong opinion.

I am a son of a blacksmith who became the chairperson of a communal farm and headed it for 17 years. Blacksmiths are people with a wilful character, for whom someone else’s opinion has little value. I also share this wilful character and I was sure that I was absolutely right, although I knew that hundreds of good engineers were working on the design of blades. I have been holding my opinion for 12 years, getting a lot of bruises from failures and lack of money, until one fine day at 6:30 am in Kapshagai, north of Almaty, I saw that my “angled beauty” was spinning faster than its straight predecessor.

What were the next steps? Which way led to your ideas?

I gradually began to study special literature on wind turbines, wind generators, shape, design, configuration of blades, strength of materials and aerodynamics. First, I studied literature in Russian in various libraries and then examined translated materials. In 2008, I left my main job and began to study patents for wind turbines and wind generators issued in Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, the U.S. and other countries. I worked on that for three years. I made and created different models, but when I studied many patents, I realised my models were not based on new ideas but already repeated-known analogues. So, I lost two-three years. These were years of mistakes.

It was after this that I defined the key directions of my research. There are two types of wind generators, with vertical rotation and with a horizontal axis of rotation. Vertical-axis wind turbines are predominantly ground wind turbines, the efficiency of which is 3-5 percent. They do not require wind orientation, but it is impossible to create more powerful electrical installations on their basis. They can only be used locally in certain settlements. Therefore, I concentrated all my attention on horizontal-axis wind turbines, in particular, on the possibility of changing the design of the blades.

It is not so easy. There are giants that use straight blades. As I said, a lot of engineers work there, so it is very difficult to break the established rules. They face you like rocks and thinking that there are some other forms or possibilities looks like raising your hand to something sacred, things established once and for all.

I intuitively believed that the shape of the blades can be changed. Therefore, I began to create different forms of blades. I tried to set the angle to the head; there was something else about the axis of rotation. However, another idea suddenly dawned on me: there is a need to fasten a short additional link along the supposed axial line of the blade installation while retaining the angular position of fastening to the link of the long blade.

A number of technical difficulties arose. To eliminate them, there was a need to have another short link which is attached to the axial part and the long wing-shaped blade is connected to the end of the last link. So, there was a short part of the blade with an elbow bend, which changed the whole design of the wind wheel. This was the beginning of the invention.

 Why do you think the blade design you invented has an advantage over traditional straight blades?

A wind-wheel with blades is a lever. To answer your question, you should recall the law of the lever. All those items that produce movements and perform operations move on the basis of the law of the lever. The classical law of the lever says the torque is equal to the lever arm – the distance between the centre of rotation and the point of application of force. In our case, the centre of rotation is the main axis of the turbine, and the place where the force is applied is the place where the blade is attached to the head of the turbine. We drastically changed the design of the blades. In the design of the blades of the wind wheel, an additional link appeared that broke the neat figure of straight blades. Instead of it, an angled blade appeared, similar to a hockey stick but with a more powerful force of kinematic transmission of the wind flow.

What are the prospects for the use of your invention in wind energy?

We produced and tested the model using industrial generators. We purchased two small wind turbines of 1 kW in Germany. One of them was equipped with our construction’s short component, with an elbow bend between the head and blade; the other one with a straight element of the same length. Recorders were connected to generators of each turbine to show five parameters of the generator’s operation. Then, the recorders were connected to portable computers. The rotation of the rotors was also recorded by video cameras. The test was held in Kapshagai over 11 days. The windmill with blades with the elbow bend rotated 0.5-3.5 times faster than those with straight blades, and produced 0.5-3.5 times more electric power. This is an exceptionally high result! With no exaggerations – this is an innovation that contributes to world wind power production technology.

Now, the cost of electric energy produced by wind power stations is 20-25 percent more expensive compared to electric energy produced by thermal power plants. In the meantime, the lion’s share of the cost is composed of foundation, installation and maintenance expenses.

After the Fukushima disaster, many countries began paying more attention to the development of wind energy. For instance, Germany builds wind stations on seashores and sea shelf, developing so-called offshore fields. There, these installations create no obstacles to other activities, and the state actively supports this initiative, financing additional expenses.

However, China is a leader in terms of production rates of wind turbines and wind stations. All countries with less advanced wind energy have pivoted to the production of this type of energy. The Earth’s climate warming has already brought many disasters and huge economic damage. That is why this is the most reasonable way to avoid many problems.

The new structure of windmills with angled blades may radically change the production of wind turbines and wind energy in general. We believe that application of our structure of blades will double the efficiency coefficient of rotors. This allows for the use of more powerful generators and decreasing the weight of the tower, nacelle and other mechanisms and materials. The cost of electric energy produced by wind turbines will decrease profoundly, and this will raise demand for wind energy.

We formalised our inventions with five patents in Kazakhstan, although these need to be recognised in international bodies. Independently of this, individual producers can use our invention and manufacture products using our windmill. In this regard, some legal issues will emerge. No doubt they can be resolved by mutual agreement. Nevertheless, it is better to launch in the country our own production of short blade components with elbow bends, or in joint factories with other countries. In this case, we can re-equip already existing wild turbines and fit them with more powerful generators. Having the same parameters of tower, nacelle and length of blades, the windmill will generate at least twice as much electric energy.

Actually, wind energy production in Kazakhstan really took off only two to three years ago. There are places in the country, as at the Dzungar Gates, the north coast of the Caspian Sea, the Kordai Pass and Sugatin Valley, where strong enough wind blows 220-230 days a year. Currently, wind stations operate at the Kordai Pass, in Yerementau [Aqmola Oblast], Chilik and Kapchagai [Almaty Oblast]. We are pleased to offer our invention for tests and application in new wind energy turbines to be used in these regions. We hope that this will boost the development of wind energy in our country.

What are the benefits of demonstrating your model at EXPO 2017?

The world has become unified. Kazakhstan is at the centre of its vital transformations. The country is gradually moving from agricultural status to industrial. We have everything to accomplish that: rich mineral resources, a diverse natural environment, and the most important is that we have a responsive and educated population.

EXPO 2017 is a bright example of these transformations. Astana itself deserves special notice; the city became one of the most beautiful capitals of the world only in 19 years. Now, we have a city full of sparkling glass, made with labour and love. The whole architecture is futuristic, something abstract and conducive to dreaming. I carefully studied the laced steel reinforcing on the seventh floor of the Nur Alem sphere [Kazakhstan’s national pavilion at EXPO 2017]. I am sure that there are thick, twisted tubes inside, but they are so beautifully covered by marvelous material, supposedly made of aluminium or other alloys, that I could not find any flaws on their joints. It means that the construction of the expo buildings has brought the culture of construction to the level of art. Ninety percent of tourists visit Paris to go to the Eiffel Tower and to see Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Similarly, I hope people will come to our country to see the EXPO 2017 site.

Nature has provided our country with sufficient energy resources. Nevertheless, the most beautiful part of EXPO 2017 is its motto: developing alternative and renewable energy to ensure future development for human civilisation.



Pavlodar hosts photo exhibit about Kazakh soldiers in World War II

ASTANA – “Following the Partisan Paths,” an exhibit created by photo reporter Tatyana Alexenko featuring approximately 44 unique World War II photographs, opened July 14 at the Bagayev Memorial House Museum in Pavlodar.

Tatyana Alexenko

“The exhibition is being held for the first time. Pavlodar is my native city and to me it was important to organise this exhibition here. I plan to make an exhibition in Astana in the future,” said Alexenko in a recent interview with The Astana Times.

The documentary exhibit tells the fate of numerous Kazakh soldiers who fought in Northeast Italy and Slovenia. Many prisoners fled from concentration camps to Yugoslavia, where they became partisans and joined the ranks of the People’s Liberation Army. The Russian battalion was formed with citizens from all the republics of the Soviet Union.

Photo credit Tatyana Alexenko

Photo credit: Tatyana Alexenko

The photographs show battlefields and deaths, monuments and burials, the partisan hospital and the printing house – all serving as reminders of that harsh time.

Alexenko spoke about the exhibit’s two-year preparation.

“Initially, I visited all these places with a camera in my hands. I did a lot of research about this period, because there is no information or books about those events. I held consultations with representatives of the Kazakh Consulate in Italy, the Russian Embassy in Slovenia and the Association of Veterans of the People’s Liberation Army in Slovenia. I also met with historians and visited various museums,” she said.


Currently residing in Italy, Alexenko is president of GhepArt, a non-profit cultural association, and is a member of the editorial staff of the Italian magazine “Lo Strillone del Quadrilatero.”

“I initially had a plan, but when I came to a certain place I would find new things or learn new information about the events. For example, I found a partisan hospital and a printing house only when I came to Slovenia. They are not mentioned in the documents. I found a list of partisans in the archive who were at the hospital and there were people from many countries, not only Kazakh soldiers,” she added.

Alexenko previously held personal exhibits in her home city and is now seeking support to organise a photo display in the capital.

“Various artefacts and many monuments from the World War II can be found in Slovenia. To me, this search work was very interesting. I collected information not only about the people of Kazakhstan, but also about other nations, too,” she said.



Lone Atyrau foster home closes, all children find new homes

ASTANA – The nearly 140 children without parents who have found shelter in the 240-bed Atyrau Sabyr Kazybayev foster home will soon be calling somewhere else “home.”

The facility will be closing its doors Aug. 1. All the youngsters have found new situations, as more and more families are willing to adopt, according to local social service representatives.

“There are many adopters; some of them could be given a medal for such an attitude towards children,” Saniya Mussiyeva, the home’s director, told the local media.

“In 2004, a family from the Inder district adopted four kids, the eldest of whom now has his own family, and two girls got married. The youngest, who was 6 years old when she was adopted, is studying at a university. Some time later the same family adopted two more boys, one of whom is currently in college, the other will go to third grade,” she added.

Thanks to the national database, which lists all foster children, families from any region may adopt.

“This year, six children were adopted by a family from the Almaty region,” said Mussiyeva. “Two more were given to foster families. One girl was adopted by a woman from Kokshetau. We have very good children; they’re kind and sympathetic. I myself became attached to them. Although they had all the conditions at the foster home, this will never replace parental warmth for them.”

A portion of the building was previously occupied by a boarding school-lyceum for gifted children, which has its own classes, hostel, gym and canteen. Beginning next month, the home will become a part of the lyceum.

Local authorities are looking for new employment for the home’s staff.

According to a report by Khabar news agency, Kazakhstan had 30,000 orphans in 2016, 8,000 in foster care and others placed with families. The agency noted 80 percent are “social orphans” whose biological parents are living.

Approximately 3,000 children are adopted annually. To adopt a child, families must undergo various social service checks and prove their eligibility by having their own real estate and demonstrating suitable health conditions.









Thirty-eight couples marry on Astana Day

ASTANA – Thirty-eight couples were married July 5 in the lead up to Astana celebrating its 19th birthday. The annual ceremony took place at Atameken cultural centre, where every year Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev kicks off the celebrations of the Astana Day during a flag raising ceremony.

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“This year young people starting from the age of 18 are taking part in the ceremony, but there are also older couples, who are 65 and even 68. We do not have a particular selection process. We accept everyone who is willing to get married on the Astana Day. They just need to submit an application to a registry office,” said project organiser  Gulnara Sagyndykova.

An entertainment programme awaited newlyweds as well as a photo and video shoot, reception, presents and souvenirs with all of them being free. The ceremony also featured a large release of doves accompanied by balloons.


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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the mass marital ceremony in which more than 500 couples have participated over the years.

“One can say that 10 years is not that much, but at the same time it is a solid age. None of the couples that married July 6 divorced. Why? Because it is a huge responsibility before the entire nation. I believe these couples are the happiest,” added Sagyndykova.

One of the couples, Dmitry and Ainash, initially planned to marry July 1, but soon after they submitted a marriage application, the city’s registry office got in touch with them and told about the opportunity to marry July 6.

“Astana Day, the expo, our wedding. This is a wonderful day. We are very happy. When we learnt about this project, of course, we accepted the offer with great joy. Now we are here. We love Kazakhstan, we love expo and Astana and we love each other,” Ainash shared her feelings.

Unlike in the first years of the project, couples are now eager to participate, noted the organisers.

As part of the ceremony, the couples also left notes in the ceremony book. “We have the book that contains wishes from all couples since 2008,” added Sagyndykova.

Among the prizes in a draw were a trip to Turkey and the Borovoye resort area.