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Famous Kazakhs

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

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  • Baurzhan Momyshuly hero of Soviet Union in WWII
  • Kaltay Muhamedjanor novelist
  • Maira Muhamedqyzy composer
  • Sabit Mukanov poet, writer
  • Gabit Musirepov writer, playwright
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  • Jumeken Najimedeno composer
  • Sara Nazarbayev first lady
  • Nursultan Nazarbaev president
  • Shaken Niyazbekov artist, designer of Kazakhstan flag
  • Edige Niyazov photographer
  • Bolat Niyazymbetov Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Rashid Nugmanov film director
  • Bolat Nurgaliyev diplomat
  • Zamanbek Nurkadilov politician
  • Zhenis Kakenuly Nurlybayev painter, art critic
  • Kaisar Nurmagambetov canoeist
O - R
  • Gulshat Omarova writer, film director, actress
  • Darezhan Omirbaev film director, screenwriter
  • Makhambet Otemisuly composer, former leader of movement against Russian Empire
  • Irina Petrushova journalist
  • Abai Qunanbayuli poet, composer, philosopher
  • David Rigert Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Roza Rymbaeva singer
  • Olga Rypakova Olympic medalist, track and field
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  • Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly composer, instrumentalist
  • Serik Sapiyev Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Marat Aldangorovich Sarsembaev jurist
  • Kanysh Satpayev engineer, geologist
  • Kanat Saudabayev politician
  • Saken Seyfullin poet, writer, national activist
  • Mukhtar Shakhanov writer, lawmaker, ambassador
  • Zhumabay Shayakhmetov politician

S - Z

  • Mustafa Shokay former leader of the Kokand revolt against the Bolsheviks
  • Baluan Sholak composer, singer, poet
  • Olzhas Suleimenov poet, politician, anti-nuclear activist
  • Imangali Tasmagambetov former prime minister
  • Isatay Taymanuly former leader of rebellious movement against Russian Empire
  • Marat Tazhin politician
  • Sergey Tereshchenko former prime minister
  • Kassym-Jomart Tokayev former acting prime minister, politician
  • Sultanmahmut Toraygirov poet, writer
  • Zhanseit Tuimebayev politician
  • Zharmakhan Tuyakbay politician
  • Mukhammedzhan Tynyshbayev historian, politician, engineer
  • Alla Vazhenina Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Shokan Walikhanuli scholar, ethnographer, historian
  • Khwaja Ahmad Yasavi poet, Muslim mystic
  • Tolkyn Zabirova singer
  • Ilyas Zhansugurov poet, writer
  • Yevgeny Zhovtis human rights activist
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.