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Outstanding people

Toktogul Satylganov (1864 – 1933)

Toktogul Satylganov was a talented poet, singer-improviser and virtuous komuz player of Kyrgyzstan. He was born in poor family living in Suusamyr district in our days known as Toktogul district of Djalal-Abad region and never learned to read and write. When he was 12 his parents had to send Toktogul to serve local bai (feudalist)…


Manas is a legendary hero of the famous Kyrgyz epic story of the same name. Epos Manas is written in poetic form and as big as one million lines or more. This fact makes this epos to be recognized as the longest poem in the world. It is 20 times bigger then Odyssey and 5…

Zahiriddin Mukhamad babur (1483-1530)

Famous Uzbek poet, thinker, historian and statesman; founder of the dynasty and empire of Timurids. Babur was born in Andijan on 14th of February in 1483, being son of the Ferghana ruler and great grandson of Tamerlaine. In 1494 Babur became the ruler of Ferghana and in 1526 he founded the centralized statement of baburids…

Yusuf Balasaghuni

Yusuf Balasaghuni, Yusuf "Khass Khajib" Balasaghuni was an 11th century Uyghur scribe from the city of Balasaghun, the capital of the Karakhanid Empire. He wrote the Kutadgu Bilig and most of what is known about him comes from his own writings in this work. Balasagun was located near present-day Tokmok in Kyrgyzstan. Yusuf Has Hajib…

Chinghiz Aitmatov (1928)

Chinghiz Aitmatov is famous Kyrgyz writer whose books are known and loved in many countries of the world. He was born 12 December 1928 in Kyrgyz village Sheker in the family of communist. But in 1937 Chizghiz’s father Torekul became a victim of Stalin’s repressions so future writer was raised by his grandmother who gave…

Amir Timur (1336-1405)

For a long time Central Asia has been the birthplace of the great conquerors of the world. The one who commanded both fear and respect in Asia and Europe in 14th century was Amir Timur, known in Europe as Tamerlaine. Tamerlaine is wrongly pronounced the original Persian name Timur-i-Leng, meaning "Timur the Lame." The word…

Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalskiy

Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalskiy belonged to people who never stopped exploring. He has done a number of trips to unknown areas of Central Asia which had a great importance for both, Russian and western geografical science. His scientific works were granted with special awards by geografical societies of different countries. Most of his trips Przhevalskiy has…

Kurmanjan Datka (1811-1907)

Kurmanjan Datka also known as the "The Tsaritsa of Alai" or "The Queen of the South", was a stateswoman in Kyrgyzstan, known for her initial resistance to the annexation of that region by Russia. Kurmanjan was born into a nomadic family of the Mongush clan in the Alai Mountains. At the age of 18 she…

Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze (1885 – 1925)

Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze was a Bolshevik leader during and just prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917.  Frunze was born in Bishkek, then a small Imperial Russian garrison town in the Kyrgyz part of Turkestan, the son of a Romanian peasant (originally from Bessarabia). At the Second Congress of the Social Democratic Party Labour Party…

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