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One of the Soviet and Russian diplomats will celebrate his anniversary in Kyrgyzstan – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 10:43:44

From philologist to secretary of the Central Committee

He was born on May 25, 1934 in a small town near Bishkek, then still Frunze. His father, Nurmat Kulmatov, was drafted into the Red Army in November 1941. He participated in the Battle of Moscow as part of the 8th Guards Motorized Rifle Division-Panfilov. He was wounded and then, as part of another group, was sent to Leningrad. The train on which the soldiers were transported was attacked by fascist planes… The burial site has not yet been found.

The upbringing of the boy, like many children of the war years, fell on the shoulders of his mother, Sakan. She worked as a beet farmer, but what a job! She received state awards of the USSR: the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and the “Badge of Honor”.

“During my childhood, as an orphan during the war, it never occurred to me that one day I would be a diplomat,” says Kenesh Kulmatov. – This very word seemed so far from the harsh reality that surrounded me then. In 1941 my father went to the front and in 1943 there was a funeral. So I, an 8-year-old boy, remained the only man in the family.

In 1955, Kenesh Kulmatov graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the Kyrgyz State University with the title of professor of Kyrgyz language and literature. As an active member of the Komsomol, he quickly advanced the party line. He began as an instructor in the schools and students department of the Central Committee of the Leninist Communist Youth Union of Kyrgyzstan, in 1973 he was appointed secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Republic and remained in this position for 10 years. .

In addition to politics, Kulmatov was also interested in science. In his historical excursions, he studied and analyzed the path of the Kyrgyz people after their incorporation into Russia, as part of the USSR and after the state gained sovereignty. He also raised questions about the impact of globalization, as well as the Americanization of national cultures.

unexpected offer

What about diplomacy? In 1983, Kenesh Kulmatov was urgently summoned to Moscow. Stepan Chervonenko, who at that time held the position of head of the foreign personnel department of the Central Committee, was already waiting for him there. He announced the party’s decision to involve a Kyrgyz specialist in diplomatic work.

“I received consent to consult with my wife,” Kulmatov later recalled. “She’s almost crying: she’s finishing her PhD, the kids are homeless, and then there’s such a sharp turn.” My wife, Saken Kydyralieva, is a lawyer by training and, by the way, a classmate of Mikhail Gorbachev at the Law Faculty of Moscow State University. She worked for many years in the Kyrgyz judicial system.

After weighing all the pros and cons, Kulmatov agreed to work in a new direction. He entered the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR as a student within the framework of the so-called special recruitment. The studies were carried out surrounded by the highest professionals, excellent specialists and talented young people. And he wanted to be on equal footing with them. Several representatives of Kyrgyzstan had already gone through diplomacy school before him. But it was he, Kulmatov, who became among them the first Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the USSR. First, in Sri Lanka and Maldives. Then, in the Kingdom of Nepal. Then ambassador general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he represented Russia in Tanzania.

Kulmatov was hired to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the head of the department, Andrei Gromyko. And he, but already as chairman of the Supreme Council of the USSR, signed a decree on the appointment. By the way, around the same time, Mikhail Gorbachev invited Kenesh Kulmatov to lead none other than the Kyrgyz Republic. But he had already received an agreement in Sri Lanka and rejected the high position. The second time he had the opportunity to hold this position appeared in 1990, when tragic events broke out in southern Kyrgyzstan. But Kulmatov, who had long been absent from his homeland, decided that appointing a person “from outside” would be a mistake.

Appreciated in Russia

Writing about Kulmatov’s work, creative and life path is really very difficult. There were so many events, he reached such heights, he endured so many difficulties with dignity, such wonderful people influenced him and he influenced the destinies of him…

Doctor of Historical Sciences, professor, scientific supervisor of 17 candidates and four doctoral theses, including former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Alikbek Dzhekshenkulov and former deputy of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic Kanybek Imanaliev. He is the author of more than one hundred scientific articles and five monographs, which are still used to train Russian diplomats. Also notable is Kulmatov’s work at the Institute of Current International Problems of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation as vice-rector for scientific works. In fact, it was with this, the training of Russian diplomatic personnel, that our hero of the day put an end to his career.

To list his awards would require a separate publication. Let’s mention a few: two Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, the Order of Friendship of Peoples, the Order of the Badge of Honor, a diploma of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, for special services to the state and people of Kyrgyzstan. He received the Order of Manas, degree III.

Kenesh Kulmatov not only knew this, but also communicated closely with Andrei Gromyko and other heads of the Soviet Foreign Ministry: Eduard Shevardnadze, Yevgeny Primakov, Igor Ivanov, Sergei Lavrov.

“An incredible person,” one of his former subordinates, Askar Zhumagulov, wrote about Kulmatov. – A model for subordinates in everything. We literally copy how he dresses, what kind of haircut he gets, how skillfully he chooses the tie under his shirt and how exemplary he always looks. For us, who grew up mainly in the countryside, this was very important. He didn’t even realize how much. In Russia he was appreciated, but the republic lost such a promising leader. The country really misses him…

By the way

At the XIV Komsomol Congress in 1962, the construction of the Toktogul hydroelectric power station was declared an all-Union shock Komsomol construction project. Few people know that the idea belongs to Kenesh Kulmatov, a delegate of the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic. During the discussion of the project, he took the floor and presented the proposal in an improvised manner. Just a few minutes after his speech, he was invited to the Central Committee of the CPSU, where he was asked clarifying questions: whose idea belonged to him and why was it not initially included in the congress agenda? And then the active member of the Komsomol was brought before Nikita Khrushchev himself. The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR praised the idea of ​​the Kyrgyz, after which the resolution of the Congress was adopted.

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