Biography of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev – President of Kazakhstan, who is, family, photo

“Komsomolskaya Pravda” has collected some interesting facts of the biography of the leader of Kazakhstan

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69-year-old Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wins convincingly presidential elections in Kazakhstan, follows from the published exit-poll results. According to them, more than 82% of voters cast their votes for the politician, who has been holding the post of head of a state neighboring Russia since 2019. His competitors received no more than 4% of the vote. The official results of the elections will be announced soon.

Biography of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Elected President of Kazakhstan

“Komsomolskaya Pravda” has collected some interesting facts of the biography of the leader of Kazakhstan.

1. Studied at the same school with Zhirinovsky. Alma-Ata Gymnasium No. 25 with in-depth study of French is still one of the best schools in the former Kazakh capital. Most likely, Kasym Zhomart went there to study at the insistence of his mother, who worked at the Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages.

Around the same time, the future leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, also studied at the 25th school. But he was seven years older than Tokayev, and therefore they hardly communicated. But in the school corridor they could well have accidentally collided. It is interesting that both famous graduates of this school many years later recalled with special gratitude the same teacher of the Russian language – Serafima Nikonova.

2. His father is a famous detective writer. Kemel Tokayev in the Kazakh SSR was a very respected and famous person. At the age of 20, he commanded a company of submachine gunners, which liberated Kyiv from fascist invaders. And after the Great Patriotic War, he became the first master of the detective genre in Kazakhstan.

One of the annotations to his books says: “In his works, the author fascinatingly talks about the heroic deeds of partisans behind enemy lines, about the difficult, noble work of police officers in uncovering and detaining especially dangerous criminals, about the courage and resourcefulness of Soviet Chekists in the fight against foreign intelligence” .

Kemel Tokayev also succeeded as a journalist. For many years he was the editor of Vedomosti of the Supreme Council of the Kazakh SSR.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev convincingly wins the presidential election in Kazakhstan

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev convincingly wins the presidential election in Kazakhstan

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3. Graduated from MGIMO. After graduating from Alma-Ata, Kassym-Jomart moved to Moscow, where he entered one of the country’s most prestigious challenges – the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). The future leader of Kazakhstan lived, as his classmates recall, very modestly, in a hostel on Novocheremushkinskaya Street. He studied very well, but was not a stranger to student parties, he loved rock music. After graduation, Tokaev was sent to work at the Soviet embassy in Singapore.

4. Knows five languages. At MGIMO, Tokayev perfectly studied the complex Chinese language, which greatly helped him while working at the USSR Embassy in China. This period of his life fell on 1985-1991. During Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to China in 1989, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev acted as the Soviet leader’s interpreter at key negotiations with Deng Soyapin. In addition, Tokayev speaks English and French, as well as, of course, Russian and Kazakh.

5. Participated in nuclear negotiations. After the collapse of the Union, Tokayev became the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan (since 1994 – Minister). He took part in negotiations between the former Soviet republics on the fate of nuclear weapons, which were located in various parts of the USSR. And it was he who initiated the transfer of all nuclear weapons to Russia, which was eventually supported by the participants in those negotiations.

6. Was the Deputy Secretary General of the UN. The pinnacle of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s diplomatic career was his appointment to the post of UN Deputy Secretary General in 2011. He was Director General of the UN Office in Geneva and Secretary General of the UN Conference on Disarmament. It was rumored that his candidacy was seriously discussed for the post of UN Secretary General.

In 2022, footage of the party at the tennis table between Tokayev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared in the press.

In 2022, footage of the party at the tennis table between Tokayev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared in the press.

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7. Favorite sport – table tennis. Tokaev is fond of ping-pong from a very young age, he became the champion of his school, and in his student years he achieved the title of candidate master of sports. Already a great politician, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev headed the Table Tennis Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. And in 2022, video footage of the game at the tennis table between Tokayev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared in the press.

8. Was married to a Russian citizen. The wife of the current Kazakh leader was a woman named Nadezhda, a native of Nizhny Tagil. It is known that in 2011 she was the honorary president of the UN Women’s Guild in Geneva. Now Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is divorced.

9. Reads the press with a pencil in hand. The President of Kazakhstan told reporters that he reads a lot. And not only documents or art books, but also newspapers. As a rule, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev immediately emphasizes the places that stopped his attention and can immediately order his subordinates to resolve problematic issues.

10. Respectful of Soviet history. Tokayev has repeatedly demonstrated that he does not accept the indiscriminate denigration of the common history of the peoples who went to the Soviet Union. For example, he reprimanded the Kazakh ambassador to Egypt after his public calls for the de-Sovietization of topographical names in Kazakhstan.

At the recent Central Asia-Russia summit, Tokayev said: “It must be admitted that the Soviet Union paid due attention to the development of autonomous republics and national territories. This was especially evident in the field of education and health.”

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