ALMA-ATA, 6 Jul – RIA Novosti, Mikhail Egorin. The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, said that the negative attitude to constantly emerging initiatives to immortalize his name by renaming certain objects.
So the President commented on Russian TV channel “Russia 24” the decision of the government of Kazakhstan on renaming the international airport of Astana “Nursultan Nazarbayev”. Special report “Kazakhstan looking to the future” was released on 6 July, when Kazakhstan celebrates the Day of capital. On the same day, Nazarbayev celebrates his birthday.
“This is not my initiative. I’m always against it. It constantly occurs. Perhaps people appreciate, and I’m grateful that I see the work done, although any politician, the leader of the state should strive to remain in the history of their business”, — said the head of state.
Nazarbayev is convinced that “it is a question of future generations, not our own, because face-to-face face is not seen”.
“I often recall the saying of Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman Emperor and philosopher… who question why you have still no monument, the answer was — don’t want to ask who this guy is. After let me better ask, why until now he did not put the monument”, — said Nazarbayev.
In November 2016, the Deputy of the lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament Kuanysh Sultanov, presenting the Declaration on the basic achievements of the Republic during the years of independence, suggested that the name of the capital named after the first President, was given the option of “President” or “state,” among others. Nazarbayev thanked the parliamentarians for the initiative, but said that the name of the capital of the Republic has become a brand and he sees no need to rename Astana.