THE EXHIBITION "WARRIORS OF THE GREAT STEPPE" OPENED IN THE LIBRARY OF ELBASY

On May 4 this year, the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy hosted the opening of the exhibition "Warriors of the Great Steppe", dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the 100th anniversary of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War: Hiuaz Dospanova, Talgat Begeldinov, Manshuk Mametova. The exhibition is a continuation of the Kazakhstan Way project.   

The exposition will feature historical and cultural artefacts reflecting the centuries-old history of the feats of arms of Kazakh soldiers, originating at the Institute of the Great Steppe Batyrs.     

The main task of the exhibition is the preservation of historical memory, showing its heritage to future generations.

"On May 7, 1992, the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a Decree on establishing the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Over the years, as Head of State Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev noted, our army has been fully formed and has become the main guarantor of the independence and integrity of our state. In the conditions of global cataclysms and geostrategic instability in the world, which we are now observing, its role increases manifold. Presently, on the Head of state's instructions, a large-scale reform of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan has begun, which is aimed at its further modernization and rearmament", Director of the Library of Elbasy Bakytzhan Temirbolat said at the opening of the exhibition.

Materials from the Library's collection show the historical heritage in military security and form a retrospective vision of modern Kazakh statehood through the prism of the creation of modern Armed Forces, and the exploits of heroes of the past and present.

"I thank the representatives of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for covering the history of our batyrs, heroes of the Great Patriotic War and modern Armed Forces. Thanks to such events, we have the opportunity to foster a sense of patriotism and love for the Motherland among young people," said People's Hero of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Lieutenant General of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakhytzhan Yertayev.

The exhibition includes three sections:

Section 1 – "The role and place of batyrs in the history of Kazakh statehood". The names of Kazakh batyrs have been carved for centuries, and their exploits still glorify Kazakhstan and its people. Among the glorious heroes of that time, such personalities are known as: Bogenbai batyr, Kabanbai batyr, Rayymbek batyr, Otegen batyr, Nauryzbai batyr, etc.

Section 2 – "Heroes of the Great Patriotic War". The Great Patriotic War was a huge ordeal for all people of the Soviet Union, including the Kazakh people. Talgat Begeldinov, Manshuk Mametova, Aliya Moldagulova, and Hiuaz Dospanova will forever remain as great personalities whose exploits are recorded in the annals of the Second World War.    

Section 3 – "Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan". On May 7, 1992, the First President of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev signed a Decrees on the transformation of the State Defense Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan into the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on the creation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan.