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Chinghiz Aitmatov's 95th anniversary celebrated in Russia

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Chinghiz Aitmatov's 95th anniversary celebrated in Russia


Photo: Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov in the Chingiz Aitmatov Square on Pavlovskaya Street in Moscow. Sculptor Azamat Abdurakhmanov and architect Sergei Pavlov. Photo: Denis Grishkin / Moscow Mayor and Government Press Service / (CC BY 4.0)

Chingiz Aitmatov's anniversary is celebrated on Tuesday, December 12, the Mir24 TV channel reports. This year the famous Soviet writer, a native of Kyrgyzstan, celebrates 95 years since his birth. The life path of the classic writer, who is considered his own by both Kyrgyzstan and Russia, is unique. He himself said that it was equally easy for him to write, speak and think both in Kyrgyz and Russian.

Aitmatov's literary contributions are known to readers in numerous countries, with translations in various languages. His works have inspired numerous award-winning feature films. Aitmatov made his literary debut with the short story The Newspaper Man Dzuyo while still a student. His initial recognition as a writer came with the publication of the story Jamilya in 1958, later translated into German and French.

Chingiz Aitmatov received numerous literary accolades, including the Lenin Prize and three State Prizes of the Soviet Union. His works have become enduring pieces in world literature. Throughout his life, he advocated for the preservation of the Russian language in the CIS countries while remaining connected to his native Kyrgyz land.

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