Twisted Ways of Khazars in Kazakhstan

True, we must condemn such criminals of Khazar ethnic origin, as Stalin’s henchman Phillip (Shaya Itskovich) Goloschekin, who was directly responsible for the Kazakh Famine at the beginning of the 1930s. However, this tragic event must not preclude us from honoring outstanding Khazars, who served Kazakhstan! Yes, Khazar (aka Jewish) businessmen and priests are prosperous in Kazakhstan, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that other parts of Khazar life in our country are well-off as well. For example, an author Moris Simashko (1924-2000) of Khazar-German ethnic origin wrote a number of novels, celebrating Kazakh history. He was even nominated the Nobel Prize for literature by the International PEN-Club and the Union of Kazakh Writers in 1999, losing only to a German novelist Günter Grass. However, twenty years after his death, there is no street or square in Kazakhstan, named after Mr. Simashko. Only a pathetic memorial plaque and a couple of TV-broadcasts, commemorating the author.

A monument to Soviet statesman and writer Dmitry Furmanov in Almaty, now dismantled.

Soviet statesman and writer Dmitry Furmanov (1891-1926) was instrumental in suppressing a Cossack rebellion in Almaty (then Verny), 1920. To some extent, this uprising would have repeated a massacre of 1916, when Russian army and Cossacks killed hundreds of thousands of Kazakhs in the wake of Amangeldy Imanov rebellion. So, Mr. Furmanov was one of those heroes, who saved the Kazakh people. His facial features and surname were quite suggestive. No wonder that he recollects in his novel, “The Rebellion”, that Cossacks derogatorily called him “Kike”. Once again, the ungrateful Kazakhs have no streets or squares, named after him. There was main street in Almaty, named after Mr. Furmanov. But, it was renamed recently in honor of local dictator. As a rule, they hold intact streets, towns, etc. named after Communists of Kazakh ethnic origin. But, why they don’t respect the blessed memory of the Russian-Khazar Communist?!

The younger brother of the current Kazakh president Kassym-Zhomart Tokaev, Bakytbek Shabarbayev, was the Kazakh Ambassador to Pakistan. In the middle of the 1980s, Mr. Shabarbayev lived in an urban village of Kirovsk (now Balpyk Bi), South-East Kazakhstan. He was my neighbor at an apartment house. Among our neighbors there was an old Khazar man Lazar Kostyankin – a retired teacher. Mr. Kostyankin brought up nice children! His son Arnold was a manager of a collective farm. His daughter Irina was a physician. But, what makes me respect old Lazar the most is that he taught agricultural sciences to local students in Kazakh language! Well, man, he did it in the 1930-1940s! Even today, a few non-Kazakh teachers can actually instruct their students in Kazakh language. Despite such remarkable achievements and his acquaintance with the family of the Kazakh president, his memory has not been preserved by Kazakh authorities.

True, we must condemn such criminals of Khazar ethnic origin, as Stalin’s henchman Phillip (Shaya Itskovich) Goloschekin, who was directly responsible for the Kazakh Famine at the beginning of the 1930s. However, this tragic event must not preclude us from honoring outstanding Khazars, who served Kazakhstan!

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