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Zhansugurov Ilyas

Zhansugurov Ilyas
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Ilyas Zhansugurov (May 14, 1894 – February 26, 1938) was a Kazakh poet and writer. 
 
The town of Zhansugirov in Almaty Province is named after him and he is commemorated in Taldykorgan and Almaty.
 
A friend of another classic writer Mukhtar Auezov, Zhansugurov was the First President of the Writers' Union of Kazakhstan from 1934 to 1936.
 
He wrote the novel Comrades (1933), targeted against the Soviet power, loving poems such as The Steppe (1930) and Kulager (1936). He was repressed in 1937 as his writing was seen as a threat and fuel for Kazakh nationalism and was shot on February 26, 1938.