February 17. Today's Birthdays
ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Today's Birthdays is the one-stop shop where you can learn about prominent Kazakhstani people who were born on the 17th of February.
Kazakhstani historian and expert in Asian studies Ramazan SULEIMENOV was born in 1931. He was born in Nur-Sultan (formerly Akmolinsk) and was a graduate of the Kazakh State University. He dedicated his life to the problems of Asian studies. Mr. Suleimenov passed away in 1992. The Institute of the Asian Studies he founded bears his name today.
Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Türkmenbaşy Mukhit ORAZAYEV was born in 1959 in Almaty region. He joined the diplomatic service in 1999. He served at the Kazakh embassies and diplomatic missions in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Lebanon, and Kyrgyzstan. He took up his recent post in November 2014.
Honored master of sports in boxing Nurzhan SMANOV was born in South Kazakhstan region in 1972. Smanov was named the European champion in boxing at the age of 18. He is a six-time Kazakhstan champion, four-time USSR champion, two-time Asian champion as well as European and world champion in boxing. He represented Kazakhstan at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, U.S. He was the captain of the Kazakhstan national boxing team for five years. Throughout his sports career Smanov won 35 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze medals.