As it used to be done in the Soviet Union and now, by right of succession, is continuing to be done in the sovereign and independent Republic of Kazakhstan, the shower of awards and commendations has come down the country on the eve of its main national celebration.
Of course, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the «Leader of the Nation: was one of the major actors of the spectacle. As it has been said in the Library’s official press-release titled «Nursultan Nazarbayev has participated in the national award giving ceremony»:
«The Elbasy has congratulated everyone on the main national holiday — the Independence Day.
— All these years, the people of Kazakhstan have been setting grand goals and achieving them. We have continued the great history of our country having realised the longstanding dream of our predecessors. We have solidified the nationhood and achieved international recognition, said the First President of Kazakhstan.
In the course of the ceremony, Nursultan Nazarbayev has given national awards to Prime Minister A. Mamin, Assistant to the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan — the Elbasy D. Akishev, Akim of the Almaty region A. Batalov, Deputy Chief of the State Security Service — Commander-In-Chief of the Special Operation Forces A. Ashimbekuly, Director of the Berkut government-owned company A. Dzuybe, founder of the Mabatex Group company B. Pacolli and Deputy Head of the DPA Medical Centre S. Seytenov.
— To you, the prosperity and well-being of our homeland is no idle boast. These awards are the result of your productive work for the good of the country. From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate you on receiving these great national awards. Please, with all sincerity, let me wish you good health, success and happiness. Let our Kazakhstan prosper, concluded Nursultan Nazarbayev».
We are certain that the decision of who would receive the national awards had been made by the Elbasy personally. Since the country has got enough of those wishing to use such a great opportunity (to see the «Leader of the Nation» personally, to get introduced to him and try and make a good impression), there probably had been more than enough candidates eager to participate in the ceremony. But only few got lucky — just the seven of them.
Of these seven, four represent those with whom Nursultan Nazarbayev communicates on a regular if not everyday basis. We are talking about Assistant to the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan — the Elbasy D. Akishev, Deputy Chief of the State Security Service — Commander-In-Chief of the Special Operation Forces A. Ashimbekuly, Director of the Berkut government-owned company A. Dzuybe, and Deputy Head of the DPA Medical Centre S. Seytenov.
The other three are a part of the narrow circle of those whom Nursultan Nazarbayev shelters personally.
The name of Behgjet Pacolli among the award-receivers does not arouse many questions since the two men are very tightly connected, among other things, by financial matters. But we are surprised that Nazarbayev’s graced Askar Mamin and Amandyk Batalov with his attention. On one hand, these two officials are obviously «Leader of the Nation’s» loyal allies and servants. On the other hand, they must understand full well that, by accepting the awards, they are showing to President Tokayev that they are still reporting not to him but to his predecessor.
On the other hand, since they have done so, it means they are not concerned about a negative response on the part of the acting head of the Kazakh state which proves yet again that, in the country’s political hierarchy, Kossym-Jomart Tokayev does not occupy the top spot. One cannot help but wonder if this makes him envious, jealous, wanting to even the score or if he keeps in perspective that he cannot hope for more?
P.S. There is yet another question we would like to know an answer to. Why had such an important and influential person as the President of Kazakhmys Holding, billionaire Vladimir Kim who is considered one of the Elbasy’s «pockets» not received an award from the hands of the First President?