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Kazakh Judges

country and judge profiles

General Facts of Interest
- Officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan
- Ninth largest country in the world; world’s largest landlocked country
- Covers two time zones and five climatic zones
- Divided into 14 provinces
- Cities Almaty and Astana have the status of State importance and do not relate to any other province
    o The Capital is Astana, which is the second largest city in the country behind Almaty
    o Almaty is considered to be the “musical capital of Central Asia,” recently hosting concerts by the Black Eyed Peas, Craig David, and Ace of Base

- The root word “Kazakh” is derived from an ancient Turkish word
meaning “independent, free spirit.”
- The country has a rich oil and mineral industry
- 70% of the population is Muslim; 26% are Christian; Buddhists, Jews, and non-
believers make up the remainder of the population
- Cycling, equestrian sports, and football (soccer) are among the most popular sports in the country
    o Cyclist Alexander Vinokourov won the silver medal in the 2000 Sydney
Olympics and finished third overall in the 2003 Tour de France.

Brief History1
- During the 19th century, present day Kazakhstan was colonized by the Russian
Empire. Shortly after the Russian Empire’s collapse, the Kazakhs surrendered to the
Soviet Union.
- Under Soviet Rule, the Kazakh people became subject to mass starvation,
deportation, and violence. Kazakhstan became an important part of the Soviet
Union’s power in World War II.
- In 1947 a nuclear weapon test site was procured in Semey. This nuclear test site
proved to be disastrous, leading to long lasting biological and ecological effects
which are still being felt generations later.
- Kazakhstan declared independence on December 16, 1991 after the Soviet Union
dissolved. It was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence.
- Nursultan Nazarbayev became president in 1991. Since then, the economy
improved and the country stabilized. Petroleum and mineral reserves were the main catalyst in this economic growth.

Political System2
- Kazakhstan is officially a presidential republic but displays strong authoritarian
characteristics. The first and only president is Nursultan Nazarbayev. The president
is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and may veto legislation that has
been passed by the Parliament.
- The prime minister chairs the Cabinet of Ministers and serves as Kazakhstan’s head
of government. There are three deputy prime ministers and 16 ministers in the
Cabinet. Karim Massimov has served as the Prime Minister since January 10, 2007.
- Kazakhstan has a bicameral Parliament composed of the lower house (the Majilis)
and upper house (the Senate).
- Single mandate districts popularly elect 107 seats in the Majilis; there also are 10
members elected by party-list vote rather than by single mandate districts.
- The Senate has 47 members. Two senators are selected by each of the elected
assemblies of Kazakhstan’s 16 principal administrative divisions (14 provinces, plus
the cities of Astana and Almaty).
- The president appoints the remaining 7 senators. Majilis deputies and the
government both have the right of legislative initiative, though the government
proposes most legislation considered by the Parliament.

Adilkhadi Dzhumabayevich Shigambayev
Chief Judge, Aktobe Region Commercial Court

Personal Information
- Gender: Male
- Age: 43
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse’s Name: Dosanova Kamilya Anuarbekovna
- Children: 1 boy, age 6; 2 girls, ages 16, 9
- Level of English: None
- First Trip to United States
    o Other Travel: South Korea, Czech Republic, Italy
- Hobbies: Sports

Professional Information
- 2007-Present: Chief Judge, Aktobe Region Commercial Court
- 2002-2007: Chief Judge, Aktau City Court
- 1998-2002: Judge, Aktau City Court

Education
- Kazakh National State University

Interests while in the United States
- Visiting courts, institutions, administration centers, law firms
- Legal procedures
- Forms of punishment
- Court policy
- Legal, security, and civil organizations preventing hate crimes
- Would like to learn about the U.S. judicial system’s approach to commercial lawsuits

Asan Kayrullovich Yeskendirov
Chief Judge, Pavlodar Region Commercial Court

Personal Information
- Gender: Male
- Age: 40
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse’s Name: Zauresh Askarovna
Yeskendirova
- Children: 2 boys, ages 17, 2; 1 girl, age 9
- Level of English: Basic Conversation
- First Trip to United States
    o Other Travel: UAE, Turkey, Netherlands, Russia
- Hobbies: Billiards, Volleyball

Professional Information
- 2008-Present: Chief Judge, Pavlodar Region Commercial Court
- 2002-2008: Chief Judge, Akmola Region Commercial Court
- 1999-2002: Judge, Akmolinsk Region Court

Education
- Buketov Karaganda State University

Interests while in the United States

- Visiting courts, institutions, administration centers, law firms
- Legal procedures
- Counseling
- Human rights protection
- Enforcement
- Would like to learn about the U.S. judicial system, legal procedure, alternative
methods of dispute settlement.
- Would like to be exposed to American culture and traditions

Samat Nurmukhanovich Zhanuzakov
Chief Judge, West Kazakhstan Region Commercial Court

Personal Information
- Gender: Male
- Age: 43
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse’s Name: Sholpan Karibayevna
Zhanuzakova
- Children: 1 girl, age 14
- Level of English: None
- First Trip to United States
    o Other Travel: Turkey
- Hobbies: Sports

Professional Information
- 2009-Present: Chief Judge, West Kazakhstan Regional Commercial Court
- 2004-2009: Chief Judge, Karaganda City Administrative Court
- 2000-2004: Expert, RK Presidential Administration, Office of Judicial Affairs

Education
- Buketov Karaganda State University

Interests while in the United States

- Visiting courts, institutions, administration centers, law firms
- Legal procedures
- Juvenile courts and reform
- Forms of punishment
- Parole boards
- Would like to learn about U.S. judicial system, structure of U.S. courts, hierarchy of judges, and order of administration of justice

Aygul Dauletovna Zhunusova
Judge, Karaganda Region Commercial Court

Personal Information
- Gender: Female
- Age: 37
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse’s Name: Imashev Kayrat
Zhanatayevich
- Children: 2 boys, ages 18, 5; 1 girl, age 13
- Level of English: None
- First Trip to United States
    o Other Travel: Turkey, China
- Hobbies: non specified

Professional Information

- 2002-Present: Judge, Karaganda Region Commercial Court
- Feb. 2002-Sept. 2002: Judge, Temirtau City Court, Karaganda Region
- 1997-2002: Chief Specialist, Karaganda Region Court

Education

- Buketov Karaganda State University

Interests while in the United States

- Visiting courts, institutions, administration centers, law firms
- Comparison of American judicial system and that of Kazakhstan
- Legal procedures
- Terms of imprisonment
- Penitentiary
- Would like to learn about administration of justice, terms of consideration of cases and arbitration disputes

Victor Mikhailovich Frolov
Deputy Director, “KazAgroFinance”

Personal Information
- Gender: Male
- Age: 33
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse’s Name: not specified
- Children: 1 girl, age 3
- Level of English: Fluent
    o Other Languages: German
- Not First Trip to United States
    o Other Travel: Turkey, Moldova, Seychelles
- Hobbies: Soccer, hockey, reading financial, political, and historical literature

Professional Information

- 2010-Present: Deputy Director, “KazAgroFinance”
- 2009-2010: Branch Director, Joint Stock Life Insurance Co., “Kazakommerzlife”
- 2006-2009: Head of Business Development Division, JS “Alliance Bank”

Community Involvement

- 2009: Facilitator, Open World Program
- 2006: Conference, IREX

Political Activities
- 2007: Head of the Party Control Commission, NDP “NurOtan”

Education
- North Kazakhstan State University (Finance & Credit Department, Banking Work)
- Illinois College, Jacksonville IL
- Northern Kazakhstan University (Modern Languages)

Interests while in the United States

- Non specified

                                    Galymzhan Tulendiyevich Ibragimov
                                     Judge, Atyrau Region Commercial Court

Personal Information

- Gender: Male
- Age: 41
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse’s Name: Farida Kuanyshevna
Ibragimova
- Children: 2 boys, ages 15, 5; 1 girl, age 9
- Level of English: None
o Other Languages: French
- First Trip to United States
o Other Travel: none
- Hobbies: Jogging, playing chess

Professional Information
- 2010-Present: Judge, Atyrau Region Commercial Court
- 2007-2010: Chief Judge, Inder District Court, Atyrau Region
- 2003-2007: Judge, Inder District Court, Atyrau Region

Education
- Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Lawyer)

Interests while in the United States

- Visiting courts, institutions, administration centers, law firms
- Legal procedures
- Forms of punishment
- Court policy
- Defendant’s rights
- Would like to learn about taxation, tax disputes, and out-of-court settlements in the United States.

1www.kazakhstan.com
2www.state.gov, www.wikipedia.com