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Nazarbayev told reasons why Akmola was renamed to Astana

01 February, 17:22 254
Nazarbayev told reasons why Akmola was renamed to Astana

The passage from the book of the President of Kazakhstan “The Era of Independence” tells about the reasons of renaming the capital of Kazakhstan.

The Akorda press-service published the archive photo of the head of state and the passage from the book of Nursultan Nazarbayev “The Era of Independence” on its Facebook page.

“I remember, that in 1998 on the way from the airport, I offered to name the capital as “Astana.” The conversation continued in the evening in the residence.

I enumerated the weighty arguments to name the capital as “Astana”, they are the word has a precise fixed meaning, it means “a capital”; secondly, it does not have any negative political or historical rendering; thirdly, it clearly reflects the functions of a city, it sound well in the official language, as well as in other languages, and finally, it can be a symbol of the city at the presentation of the city that will join the world list of state capitals with a new name,” says the passage from Nursultan Nazarbayev’s book “The Era of Independence.”

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