"Not Just Common Past Unites Us!"
The Plenary Meeting was opened by Mr. Kanat Shantimirov, Head of Astrakhan Region Governor's Administration. On behalf of Astrakhan Region's Governor Mr. Alexander Zhilkin, Mr. Shantimirov warmly greeted the participants and the guests of the Conference; he said special thanks to ASU as to the host of the event. He said that Russian and Kazakhstan are united not only with their common past, but also with their large-scale current relations. "I hope such scientific conferences will become a tradition for our countries", he pointed out.
Dr. Abilseit Kapizuly Muktar, Vice Rector for Research at West-Kazakhstan State University, told the audience a lot about the history of Bukey Horde's origin and development; he also revealed the role of Bukey Khan in Eurasia's history.
Mr. Karim Irenov, a political scientist from Aktau (Kazakhstan) gave a report on life and works by Mukhamejan Bekmukhamedov, the well-known Kazakh and Russian politician. Mr. Irenov pointed out that Mukhamejan Bekmukhamedov "applied lots of efforts to fight ignorance; he opened schools in remote villages for common people; he taught Kazakh people to run their houses, to be good fishermen, land farmers, and cattle breeders".
The Conference was continued with a report by Dr. Pavel Karabuschenko, ASU's Professor of Philosophy and Head of its Chair of Political Science. His report concerned Russia's and Kazakhstan's geopolitical initiatives at the Caspian Sea.
Professor Gabit Irenov, Head of Chair of Sociology & Political Science at Pavlodar State University, paid a lot of attention to borderline cooperation as to a basis of further joint international activities. As for the issue of a dialogue of cultures and its role in forming inter-ethnic tolerance in the modern society, it was concerned in the report by Professor Lyudmila Kasyanova, Dean of ASU's Department of Philology & Journalism. Dr. Kasyanova emphasized the key role of educational process in the formation of tolerance.
Dr. Sayalbek Gizzatov, Chief of Department of Research Activities at West Kazakhstan State University, has given a report whose theme was "Kazakhstan & Russia: Prospects of International Cooperation".
The International Conference was finished with a round-table talk, where all the participants could discuss all the reports, ask any questions, and share their impressions.
Source: Astrakhan State University