By Saule Tasboulatova
December 16 – the Independence Day of
Yury Serebryansky, writer:
– For me the Independence Day is not a nominal holiday. Kazakhstan and Russia are now again seeking close cooperation, but it is important to keep what you've achieved during 25 years, to defend those achievements, and it is very important to remember that independence is also, for example, a child's plastic shovel with the label "Made in Kazakhstan". I hope.
Talgat Mamraimov, political scientist:
– I meet this day without any false patriotic enthusiasm as we haven't become yet a full-fledged independent and strong state implementing its own course without external influence. Besides, during all years of independence our authorities couldn't create an opportunity for appearance of a qualitative science, educational system, economy, cultural and information spheres. Besides this day is 'stained' by blood of Zhanaozen oil workers that devaluates many actions of the current power.
Zira Nauryzbayeva, culturologist:
– For me it is the day of tragic events of our contemporary history, the day of remembrance, the day when we must pray and ask for forgiveness. And the day when we need to remember those who shed their blood for our independence.
Denis Krivosheev, journalist:
– The longer I celebrate this holiday, the feeling of alarm is becoming deeper inside me. It is obvious that
I am pleased with current falling of oil prices: it is the chance for our country to rethink the situation in the world, to find the real points of growth, to develop responsible business by creating conditions for it. Time to return to original public contracts, to democratic values – and start from the scratch!
Gulzhan Ergaliyeva, journalist:
– Firstly, December 16 for majority of
As for then official holiday – there is no deep satisfaction and boundless joy. I think that our country hasn't risen to its full height. We didn't receive political reforms, economic situation of the country is deplorable, active citizens are deprived of political freedom. We never had fair elections. But there is a hope that one day the Independence Day will become a real holiday and will represent a prospering state. For this purpose we must do a lot of things.