We wrote a lot about work of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and now it's time for words of gratitude. Here is some feedback from researchers who worked in the Archive during 2017.
Work of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on making retrospective information available is carried out in several ways: through publication of archival documents in newspaper and magazine articles, in collections of documents and through work with researchers in the Reading hall. A versatile and highly informative set of documents of the Archive attract attention of local and foreign researchers, studying the latest history of Kazakhstan. Researchers from Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Uzbekistan, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Poland and other countries do their research work in the Reading hall.
So here is some feedback from researchers who worked in the Archive during 2017.
Many thanks to all staff of the Archive for their help in finding the documents necessary for me to write a thesis. The staff is really friendly, always ready to help. There are a lot of documents, there was not even enough time to work. I also hope that it will be possible to receive electronic versions remotely.
Head of the Reading hall of the Archive, Mrs.Akzhan Isayeva showed herself as an experienced person on customer service. She is smart, friendly and knows well the archival documents. I think that exactly such staff should work in the Archive of the President of our country. I wish her good health and success in her important work.
I express my great gratitude on behalf of the National Defense University named after the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - the Leader of the Nation to the staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for their help in finding necessary material to write a book devoted to "The 25th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan".
With best wishes to the staff of the Archive of the President of Kazakhstan
Dear staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan! I am a first-year Master’s degree student of the West Kazakhstan State University named after M. Utemisov.
I was sent here by my University to have a study tour. I am very grateful for your help in finding a necessary material for my thesis. A staff of the Archive helped me very much. The staff is very friendly for researchers, everybody is ready to help you. My special thanks to Mrs. Akzhan Isayeva. I wish you further prosperity, success in your work. P.S. I hope for electronic use! Thank you!
a first-year Master’s degree student in History
West Kazakhstan State University
named after M. Utemisov
Department of organization of use of documents of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Mrs.Akzhan Isayeva (a Head of the Reading hall), Mrs. Dinara Ashenova, Mr.Armand Galiev, Mr.Bolegen Kasenov (a Chief).
Dear staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan! I had an opportunity to work in the archives of Kazakhstan, as well as in the archives of Russia (Moscow, St.Petersburg, Omsk) and Uzbekistan (Tashkent) during my research work (I started doing my research work in 1996). I’d like to highlight that it was exactly in the Reading hall of the Archive of the President of Kazakhstan that I met a staff of skilled, tactful and attentive reference librarians. From the first day of my research work in the Reading hall I (to my great surprise, because it didn’t happen with me in another archives) was surrounded by great attention and care! I would like to express my special gratitude to Mr. Bolegen Kasenov, Mrs. Akzhan Isayeva! Thanks to your care and sincere attitude towards researchers, i.e. to us - you encourage us for further creative findings! Thank you very much!
I would also like to note the merits of working in the Reading hall of the Archive in comparison with other archives: 1) an availability of an electronic catalog of all funds, which makes easier a work of a researcher; 2) a possibility to order up to 20 items at once; 3) an inventory order is carried out on the same day.
I’d like to express my great gratitude to you once again! I wish you health, prosperity and good luck!
a Candidate of Historical Sciences,
an Associate professor, "Socio-economic sciences " chair
University of International Business (UIB)
Many thanks to the staff of the Reading hall of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for their polite attitude and fulfillment of the requirements in time! It was very pleasant to work. Thank you for your useful work!
a Ph.D.student, 1st course,
Karaganda State University named after E.Buketov
Dear staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan! I would like to express my gratitude to you for your care and assistance. I wish your friendly team every success! Many thanks to the Administration of the Archive for providing of an access to the materials, special thanks to Mrs. Akzhan Isayeva for her patience and professionalism!
With best regards,
a Research Assistant, the Institute of State History,
in the Reading hall of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Dear staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan! I would like to express my gratitude to you. Many thanks for your help and support in finding required information! Special thanks to the following experts: Mrs.Akzhan Isayeva, Mrs.Dinara Ashenova for their support, patience and professionalism! Thank you for a warm atmosphere! I wish the staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan further prosperity and success in your work!
a first-year Master’s degree student
State University named after Shakarim, Semey.
I’d like to express my deep gratitude to the following staff of the Presidential Archive: Mrs. Akzhan Isayeva, Mrs. Dinara Ashenova, Mr. Bolegen Kasenov. Everything is perfectly organized, at a high level, the staff is always friendly, ready to help. I wish you to keep holding high standards of work. The documents received in the Archive of the President of Kazakhstan were very useful for my thesis.
With kind regards,
a stage – manager/a lecturer
T.K.Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts/Turan University
I’d like to express my deep gratitude to the staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for their assistance in a work during my business trip to Almaty.
with kind regards,
Doctor of Historical Sciences,
Principal Research Associate,
Institute of Slavic Studies,
The Russian Academy of Sciences
Dear staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan! I was warmly impressed by a pleasant atmosphere in your Archive. The staff of the Archive is very skilled. A work process is set at the highest level, each visitor may feel a kind care from the side of the personnel of the Archive. I wish you further prosperity and success!
Thank you very much,
a Ph.D.student, 1st course,
Karaganda State University named after E.Buketov
It is always pleasant to work in the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. A positive work environment provides for an effective research work. A support staff is very helpful. I express my gratitude for creating such conditions, especially now, when I’m always short in time in Astana because of my tight schedule.
With kind regards,
Principal Research Associate
I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the Administration of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, especially Mr.Bolegen Kasenov, Mrs.Akzhan Isayeva and a librarian, Mrs.Malika Karakulova for their assistance in working with materials. Especially I want to emphasize conscientious performance by them of their duties and exceptionally noble human qualities.
I wish to the staff of the Archive long years of happy life and success in everything.
With best regards,
I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the Administration and staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. A support staff helped us very much by identifying the necessary documents in a short period of time and provided all conditions for our comfortable work. We wish the personnel of the Archive prosperity and progress, new scientific findings.
With kind regards,
Altai State University,
Many thanks to the staff of the Archive of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Good conditions for work and a highly qualified staff!
Daniel Bissman, a researcher from Germany.
Authors: Arman Suleymenov, Zangar Karimkhan
Grateful for the experience at Kazakhstan camp
My name is Forrest Dunbar, and I am a 33-year-old attorney now living in my home state of Alaska. I volunteered with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan from August, 2006 until August, 2008. I lived and trained in Ecik, outside Almaty, and then was stationed in Petropavlovsk, where I worked as a teacher. I taught English, American History, and American Literature. I also worked at summer camps, organized an English teachers’ convention, and attempted to lead a journalism course at the local university. Unfortunately, the university administration shut down the journalism class pretty quickly (long live the Fourth Estate).
I studied Russian in Ecik, and was placed with a Russian family and Russian counterpart in Petropavlovsk. I therefore learned Russian. I attempted to take extra courses in Kazakh, but never really got the hang of it. I found Russian quite challenging, and learning Kazakh and Russian at the same time proved too much for my young self (as I’m sure it would now, for my not-young self).
My host family was always very open and invited me to participate in their family gatherings. The teachers at my school were great, particularly my counterpart Irina and two women, both named Lena (I referred to them as “the Lena’s”). The students at my school were bright and engaging, especially the older students that were training to be English teachers and were a bit closer to my age.
I remember being grateful one summer when I was invited to be a camp counselor in the southern part of the country. I enjoyed the train ride down — I liked to buy eggs and meat and noodle soup, and relax and read during the long journey — and once there I had a great time. The other counselors were friends, the climate was good, and the kids were fun to be around. I actually worked at three different summer camps during my two years in Kazakhstan, and each time I was grateful for the experience.
I hope that the tradition of holding summer camps continues long into the future. And hope it also continues to be a place where children of Russian, Kazakh, and other descents can mingle and learn together. I very much appreciated Kazakhstan’s ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity, and I hope that it remains a pillar of Kazakhstani society even after the current President is gone. When I lived there, protection and tolerance of that diversity was, to me, his most impressive accomplishment.
In the wake of Mustafa Shokay
There are two editions of the telenovel “Mustafa Shokay”. The last was published in 2015. And according to the first one was shot the film with the same name with the duration almost two and a half hours.
Mustafa Shokay was the Kazakh public figure, publicist, scholar and, leader of the Common Turkestan and Prime-minister of the Kokand Government. Lived in late 19th and early 20th century.
The content of any film does not always correspond to the content of the book. To show that and present the similarities and differences we decided to take the film “Mustafa Shokay” by the film director Satybaldy Narynbetov and the script writer Yermek Tursunov and the telenovela with the same name.
In fact, the book describes events and characters more in detail. The reader can imagine the picture in colors. But the book has got some minuses: it has no actions, no real sounds and effects. The Hollywood films are quite good in representing actions and special effects.
The two-part film “Mustafa Shokay” is more or less close to the tele-novel. The viewer can see the real conversations, acts with the mixture of the old records from the life of the legendary leader of the nationalists Mustafa Shokay.
In the film there were not some of the acts.
For instance, it was the episode when Mustafa Shokay and Maria Gorina were going home after successful performance of Maria in Tiflis, Georgia. In the book it is written that the man who flew at Mustafa with the knife was Akhmat aka (servant at Maria Gorina’s), but in the film the identification of that man was not shown.
Also, in the book Mustafa went out from the hospital and headed for the neighboring cathedral where was a number of coffins, various ones depending on the status and age of the dead person.
In the book it is written that at the departure to Istanbul the passengers from the lower deck (among them were Mustafa and Maria) had to go through the medical processing by the streams of the chlorinated water and liquid soap. But there was no such episode in the film.
Next, in the film when lying on the bed Mustafa Shokay took the green apple and died, apple fell on the floor. In the book there was no apples.
To add, in the film was not exact sequence of the extracts given in the book.
However, the most of the conversations in the film were represented word for word from the telenovel. Thus, it becomes easier to follow the thread in the book.
It is possible to see the film first, or vice versa to read the telenovel. It does not matter much. But it must be taken into consideration that the book gives fuller picture and the film plunges the spectator into the real-like life of that period.
The film and telenovel beside the word-for-word dialogues have got also one thing in common. They present the events from main character’s life concerning years and places. So, the picture seems motional and versatile.
Still, there are some riddles and secrets around that powerful and ambiguous person. For instance, they say that he worked together with the leaders of the movement of Alash Orda till the end of his life. But there are no exact data and proofs. Perhaps, in the future there will be one more film about Mustafa Shokay with the additional episodes and facts. Who knows?