- Soviet period
- Transition period
- Wandering in the power maze
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- Mayor of the two capitals
- Imangali Tasmagambetov and his family
Imangali Nurgalievich Tasmagambetov is an old-timer of Kazakh politics, he came to power at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and for twenty-five years he held a number of responsible government positions. Until recently, he served as deputy prime minister, but unexpectedly was appointed ambassador of Kazakhstan to Russia. A favorite of the intelligentsia, patron of the arts, he left a large circle of friends and many enemies at home.
Imangali Nurgalievich Tasmagambetov was born in the village of Novobogat, Makhambet district, Guryev region, Kazakh SSR in 1956. From his youth, he was interested in the natural sciences, applied art, the history of Kazakhstan and Central Asia, which largely influenced the choice of profession and circle of acquaintances.
Already at the age of seventeen, Imangali began to earn his living, getting a place as a teacher of a rural sports school, but his passion for knowledge did not subside. He entered the West Kazakhstan University, where conscientiously gnawed the granite of science at the natural-geographical faculty.
In 1979, Imangali Tasmagambetov, whose photo did not get away from the honors board of his native high school, defended his diploma with honors and received a teacher's degree.
Returning to his native district, he began working at Makhambet secondary school, where he taught geography and biology. However, the role of a simple rural teacher did not satisfy the ambitious young man, and he chose the only possible way up for the pedagogical worker - Komsomol work.
Gradually moving up the career ladder, Imangali Tasmagambetov by 1990 had grown to the position of head of the Komsomol of the Kazakh SSR. At the same time, he successfully graduated from graduate school and defended his thesis in philosophy.
After the collapse of the USSR, Kazakhstan gained independence, the former Soviet organs were disbanded or transformed. However, the Komsomol work remained in the hands of Imangali Tasmagambetov, although now he was named not as the first secretary of the Komsomol Central Committee, but as chairman of the state committee on youth affairs.
A young promising official did not go unnoticed at the very top of power, and in 1993 a former teacher was invited to work as assistant to the president of the republic.
An ardent admirer of history, archeology and ethnography, he actively maintained contacts with UNESCO and promoted cultural events conducted by this organization. In 1993, under his auspices, the National Commission of Kazakhstan for UNESCO was created, which he himself headed.
As Assistant to the President, Imangali Tasmagambetov also oversaw issues related to education and science, becoming indispensable in this regard for Nazarbayev.
In 1995, the young politician was sent to the government, where he took the post of deputy prime minister. Two years later, in addition to his high position, he received the portfolio of the Minister of Education and Culture as the main specialist in the country's leadership on these issues.
Wandering in the power maze
Working in the government, Imangali Tasmagambetov established himself as a competent and skillful organizer who is able to create an effective team around himself. Less than two years later, Nazarbayev decided to bring his ward closer to himself and appointed him to the post of deputy head of the presidential administration of Kazakhstan.
Also, the state husband worked as the first assistant to the head of state, after which he was rather unexpectedly transferred to independent management in the regions, becoming head of the Atyrau region. Here he worked for a short time and a year later he was returned to the government, where he again occupied the post of deputy prime minister.
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In 2002, Imangali Tasmagambetov reached, it seemed, the peak of his career, taking the post of chairman of the cabinet of ministers. He did not experience presidential ambitions, which he spoke of repeatedly, consistently emphasizing his loyalty to Nursultan Nazarbayev and obsequiously calling himself his "spiritual product."
However, all power is primarily associated with the responsibility that a lover of archeology and applied arts has experienced the hard way.
During his tenure as prime minister, a loud scandal erupted over the discovery of an unidentified cash account of one billion dollars outside the republic.
It was Imangali Tasmagambetov who was delegated to report to the parliamentary commission investigating this incident. According to him, a secret account abroad was opened with the knowledge of the president in order to issue a transfer of funds from the privatization of the Tengiz fields.
Imangali Tasmagambetov also said that the simultaneous contribution to the Kazakh economy of such a quantity of money would have caused a fierce inflation, which explains the fact that these funds were kept abroad, and swore that the gradual transfer of money to the National Fund of Kazakhstan was provided.
Mayor of the two capitals
The last initiative of Imangali Tasmagambetov as prime minister was land reform, which provided for private ownership of land. However, this bill provoked resistance from a certain part of the population, as well as parliament. Despite the fact that the law was still passed, the disgruntled prime minister resigned.
Having worked for some time in the presidential administration, in 2004 he was appointed mayor of Almaty. Here he conscientiously worked until 2008, solving the problems of traffic intersections and the improvement of the former capital.
In 2008, taking into account the successful experience of the city administration, Nazarbayev appointed Imangali Tasmagambetov as head of Astana. The new capital of the state, he reigned for six years, thereby setting the record for being the mayor.
In 2014, Imangali Tasmagambetov once again returns to the government, where he alternately acts as minister of defense and deputy prime minister for social issues.
In 2017, the patriarch of Kazakh politics was unexpectedly delegated to Moscow in order to fulfill the duties of Ambassador of the Republic in Russia.
Imangali Tasmagambetov and his family
Photos of politicians outside the office indicate that he has many loved ones. He met his wife Klara Daumovna at the university, where they formed a young family. During the years of marriage, Imangali Tasmagambetov became the happy father of two daughters and one son.
The elder Assel married Kenes Rakishev, who became a successful businessman and billionaire and is now headed by one of the largest banks in Kazakhstan.
The youngest daughter, Sophia, inherited from her father a passion for culture, she studied at the London College of Art and now works as art director.
Also, the politician’s brothers and sisters settled well in their lives, occupying important positions in different regions of Kazakhstan. Imangali Tasmagambetov and his family are often the target of attacks by opposition forces, which bring corruption charges against the official.