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In April 2019, the Museum-Memorial Complex "ALZHIR" developed and introduced a virtual tour on the official website of the museum in the Kazakh, Russian and English languages. You can get acquainted with the virtual tour by following the

January 11, guide of the museum A. Iskendirova gave a lecture with slide maintenance and exposition free of charge on: “ALZHIR is our memory and pain”, , in school-gymnasia No. 69 for pupils of 7-9 grades, dedicated to the arrival of the 1st part of women to the “ALZHIR” camp on January 6, 1938.


January 17, 2019, within the framework of the implementation of the program article of the Head of State N.A. Nazarbayev “View to the future” was organized an exhibition with accompanying slides and a lecture on “Құпия сандық сыр шертеді” for students of grades 7-9 free of charge in secondary school No. 3, Talapker, Tselinograd region. The purpose of lecture is to develop in the younger generation a sense of patriotism and morality, a sense of respect and pride in national history, inculcating love for the motherland.

      The exhibition was prepared on the basis of materials received by the museum during the research work in the archive of the Aktobe region, the local history museum of the Aktobe region and the descendants of the repressed.

The exhibition presents photographs, archival documents of Temirbek and Damesh Zhurgenevs, Uzakbay and Ayish Kulumbetovs, as well as other immigrants from the West Kazakhstan region who was subjected to political repression of the 1930-1950s.

Temirbek Zhurgenev was born in 1898 in the Irgiz district of the Aktyubinsk region, a prominent public figure, the Minister of Education of the Kazakh SSR, repressed in 1938. His wife Damesh Zhurgeneva (Ermekova) was convicted as “the wife of the enemy of the people” and served her sentence in “ALZHIR”.

Uzakbay Kulumbetov was born in 1891 in the Irgiz district of the Aktobe region, a prominent political figure, served as Chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the Kazakh SSR, repressed in 1938. His wife Ayish Kulumbetova was convicted as the “wife of the enemy of the people” and served her sentence in “ALZHIR”. 50 people got acquainted with the exhibition and lecture free of charge.

On October 5, Hwan Nadezhda Stepanovna, daughter of Openko (Choi) Evgeniya Petrovna, the prisoner of “ALZHIR” visited the museum. During the visit Nadezhda Stepanovna donated to the museum's fund autobiography of her mother, a copy of the Kazakh literary-artistic and social-political magazine “Niva” for number 4 , 1997, on which pages article of Vladimir Son “Live and Remember” was published, dedicated to the fate of Choi Yevgenia Petrovna, photo of Choi Evgenia Petrovna after her release in 1976, rehabilitation certificate of Choi Evgenia Petrovna, as well as material objects, including the jubilee medal “50 years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945”, the original of the membership book, the badge “Excellence in Soviet Consumer Cooperation”, the medal “Veteran of Labor”, the badge "Excellence in Public Education of the Kazakh SSR", the original of a note written in 1952 by Choi Yevgenia Petrovna in connection with the re-arrest, and CD-ROM with memories of Evgenia Petrovna Choi.

On October 8, Sergey Pilchuk, currently living in Kiev, great-grandson of Zorka Sophia Markovna, prisoner of  “ALZHIR”, provided via e-mail: copies of archival materials and photographs of her repressed great-grandmother and great-grandfather, copy of the rehabilitation certificate of Sofia Markovna on April 12, 1957, a copy of  rehabilitation certificate of  Zorka Vasiliy Efimovich on March 4, 1958, a copy of photo of Zorka Sophia Markovna after release and surrounded by relatives to the museum fund.

On October 9, the museum and memorial complex “ALZHIR” was visited by Selim Hazbievich, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Poland to the Republic of Kazakhstan and the leaders of the Institute of National Remembrance (Poland). A tour in “Alash” and “ALZHIR” halls was held for the guests and the documentary “Blistery cold of “ALZHIR” was shown.

On October 9, Vladimir Mamayev, Regional Technical Advisor to the UN Development Program, grandson of Mamayeva Raisa Moiseyevna, the prisoner of “ALZHIR” paid visit to the museum. Raisa Mamaeva - Soviet orientalist, Sinologist. Her husband, Ivan Kirillovich Mamaev, a Soviet military adviser in China, a major, orientalist, holder of the Order of the Red Banner, was arrested on December 5, 1937, died on April 4, 1938, during interrogation in prison. Raisa Mamaeva was arrested with her husband, by the decision of the Special Meeting under the NKVD of the USSR. Raisa Mamaeva was convicted as “the wife of traitors to motherland” for 8 years in the labor camps and served her sentence in “ALZHIR” camp. During the visit, Vladimir Mamaev handed over to the museum’s fund the originals of letters and telegrams written by Raisa Mamayeva in 1939 from the “ALZHIR” camp to relatives in Moscow, a certificate of the dismissal of Mamayeva Raisa Moiseyevna based on the decision of the Special Meeting of the NKVD of the USSR on August 30, 1942, letters of Raisa Mamaeva, written in the 70s addressed to Talgat Bigeldinov. After her release, Raisa Mamaeva worked on the story “Talgat - the grandson of Bigeldy”, dedicated to the life of Talgat Bigeldinov, twice Hero of the Patriotic War.

On October 10, in the framework of the Eighth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), held in Astana from 10 to 12 October 2018, representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations from Washington and Paris visited the museum and memorial complex “ALZHIR”. The guests were accompanied by Vladimir Mamaev, regional technical advisor to the UN Development Program, grandson of Mamayeva Raisa Moiseyevna.

On October 10, the museum and memorial complex was visited by Jan Gorbachevsky from Texas,USA, the son of Grabskaya Irina Karlovna, the “ALZHIR” prisoner. Irina Karlovna was born in 1917 and was convicted for illegally crossing the border in Poland. She spent in “ALZHIR” from January to September 1941, after which she had been amnesty and was released. She died in 2003 in London. During the visit Jan Gorbachevsky donated to the museum fund scanned copies of a telegram, addressed to Irina Grabskaya, Akmolinsk, a copy of an envelope and a letter written in 1941 and addressed to Irina Grabskaya, scanned copies of letters written by Irina Grabskaya on cloth scraps in 1941 in “ALZHIR” camp, a copy of the pass to the hotel “Intourist” in the name of Grabskaya Irina Karlovna.

On October 11, officers of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus visited the museum and memorial complex “ALZHIR”. For the guests were given an excursion of the expositions located in the museum, through the “Alash” and “ALZHIR” halls and the documentary “Blistery cold of “ALZHIR” was shown. At the end of the visit, the guests left wishes in the guests book.

October 11, 2018, the museum staff discussed the Message of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to the people of Kazakhstan on “Growth of welfare of Kazakhstani people: increase of income and quality of life” in “Zerde” hall. During the discussion the museum director Samat Ilyasovich Tergembaev acquainted the staff with the contents of the message. During the discussion, the specialist of the exhibition and exposition department S. Mailibayeva spoke to the staff with a report in which she highlighted the main points of the Message.

On October 12, 2018, a meeting of the museum staff with Tulkibayev Rakhim Zhakievich, First Deputy Chairman of the Tselinograd district branch of the People's Democratic Party “Nur Otan” to explain the annual Message of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev to the people of Kazakhstan was held.

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