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Almazbek Atambayev receives Russian ethnographers Butanayev and Khudyakov

Almazbek Atambayev received archaeologist Yuliy Khudyakov and ethnographer Viktor Butanayev, who contributed to the study of the history of the Kyrgyz during the Middle Ages. Both scientists were awarded Manas Orders of III degree, the Information Policy Department of the President’s Office reported.

«The hypothesis that the Kyrgyz people inhabited a vast area from Yenisei and the northwestern part of Mongolia to the Tien Shan, Fergana and the Pamirs has long been the subject of scientific discussions. According to it, the Yenisei and Tien Shan Kyrgyz are one people, and the Yenisei (VII–VIII) and Kyrgyz (IX–X) khaganates are the stages of the history of Kyrgyz statehood. There is your merit in its proof," the President said, addressing the scientists.

Information Policy Department of the President's Office
Photo Information Policy Department of the President's Office. Archaeologist Yuliy Khudyakov and ethnographer Viktor Butanayev

Taking into account that the 1,200th anniversary of the Kyrgyz Kaganate will be celebrated in 2040, Almazbek Atambayev noted the importance of strengthening the knowledge of the medieval history of the Kyrgyz by new scientific discoveries.

Yuliy Khudyakov is an archaeologist and historian of military affairs of ancient and medieval peoples of South Siberia and Central Asia.  Basing on the materials of archaeological expeditions in Khakassia, the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Tuva, Gorny Altai, Mongolia, China, he shows the similarity of the material culture of the Kyrgyz in this whole area. His monograph «Armament of the Yenisei Kyrgyz of the VI–XII centuries," published in 1980, is one of the key works for researchers of the history of Kyrgyz during this period.

Victor Butanayev is an ethnographer and turkologist. He studied the ethnopolitical organization of the Yenisei Kyrgyz of the late Middle Ages. In his works, he proves the unity of the Yenisei, Altai and Tien Shan Kyrgyz.

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