Head of the Department of the History of Kazakhstan of the XX century

Surname and name.:Zakarya Rakhmetolla

Position:Head of the Department of History of Kazakhstan XX century at the Institute of History and Ethnology named after Ch.Ch. Valikhanov.

Academic degree: PhD history

Specialty: History, Law

Contact details:

Cell Phone: +77017951782

e-mail: krzakarya@gmail.com

Date and place of birth: November 15, 1993 in Aktobe, Kazakhstan.

Education: high 

  • 2011 graduated from Kazakh-Turkish Lyceum for Gifted Young Men, Aktobe, Kazakhstan;
  • 2011-2015 – Bachelor’s degree of L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University. Specialty “5B020300” – History (diploma with honors) Astana, Kazakhstan;
  • 2012-2014 – Military Department at the L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University. Graduated with honors. Reserve Lieutenant;
  • 2015-2017 – Master’s degree of the L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University7 Specialty “5M020300” – History, awarded the degree – Master of Humanities. Astana, Kazakhstan;
  • 2016-2017 – Master’s degree in the academic mobility program at the University of Bologna. City of Bologna, Italy. Graduated with honors;
  • 2017-2019 – B Bachelor’s degree of the Kazakh Humanitarian Law University. Specialty – Law (diploma with honors). Astana, Kazakhstan;
  • 2019-2022 doctoral program of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, specialty “8D02206” – History.
  • On July 4, 2023, he defended his PhD thesis on the topic “The policy of the Soviet government towards European emigrants and immigrants (20 – 40s of the twentieth century)”

Professional experience:

  • From 17.08.23 to the present – Head of the Department of History of Kazakhstan XX century at the Institute of History and Ethnology named after Ch.Ch. Valikhanov.
  • 02.07.19 – 17.08.23 – Junior researcher at the Institute of History and Ethnology named after Ch.Ch. Valikhanov.
  • 30.03.18 – 02.07.19: Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University.
  • 2015 –  2017 – scientific consultant, LLP “Polygraphy OLYMPUS”.

Research interests: research interests are related to the study of the history of Kazakhstan in the Soviet period. He was a performer in 7 scientific projects of grant financing and 1 scientific project of program-targeted financing.

Participation in projects:

1. Political influence of foreign powers in the national liberation uprising of the peoples of Kazakhstan and Central Asia in 1916

2. The history of Atyrau region from ancient times to the present day

3. Unexplored aspects of the Orenburg period of Kazakh autonomy in 1920-1925: to the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Kazakh ASSR.

4. Turkestan National Association and its activities among prisoners of war of the Second World War

5. The peasantry of Kazakhstan in the post-war decade: social transformation and everyday life

6. Mass political repressions in Kazakhstan in the 20-50s of the twentieth century and rehabilitation processes: creation of a unified database

7. Military history of the western region of Kazakhstan (XVIII-XX centuries)


  • HDS3221.4x: Islam Through Its Scriptures. a course of study offered by HarvardX, an online learning initiative of Harvard University. Verified Certificate issued March 28, 2019.
  • HDS2825x: Religion, Conflictand Peace. a course of  study offered by HarvardX, an online learning initiative of Harvard University.Verified Certificate issued July 20, 2022.

Knowledge of languages:

  • Kazakh is the native language.
  • Russian-fluent.
  • English-fluent. IELTS – 6.5.
  • Turkish-with a dictionary.

Skill proficiency:

Computer skills: MS Office, Adobe InDesign.

Professional skills: conducting business using labor and economic legislation, the ability to draw up contracts, possession of the basic skills of a clerk, knowledge of document management, analysis and problem solving, organization and management of processes and teams, training of students in accordance with the specifics of the taught subject.

Publications: author of more than 25 articles and reviews published in domestic and foreign publications.

Articles and reports:

  1.  Rakishev R.T. The structure of the army of Kazakh nomads // Integration of world scientific processes as the basis of social progress: collection of materials of the International scientific and practical conference for October 2013 / Edited by S.V. Kuzmin. – Kazan, 2013. – pp. 97-10 ISSN 2308-7641
  2.  Rakishev R.T. History of the formation of the armed forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan // Collection of materials of the IX International Scientific Conference of students and young scientists “Science and education – 2014″. – Part 1. – April 11, 2014, Astana. – pp. 148-153 (Proceedings of the IX International Scientific Conference for students and young scholars “Science and education – 2014”. – Part 1. – 11.04.2014. – Astana. – P. 148-153)
  3. Rakishev R.T. The Art of War and Organizational Structure of Kazakh Nomads Troops // Eastern European Scientific Journal. – № 5, 2014. – Р. 162-165. ISSN 2199-7977

4. Rakishev R.T. The combat path of the legendary Kazakhstan 312th Rifle Division // Collection of materials of the X International Scientific Conference of Students and young scientists “Science and Education – 2015″. – Astana. – pp. 4797-4799 (Proceedings of the X International Scientific Conference for students and young scholars “Science and education – 2015”. – Astana. – P. 4797-4799) ISBN 978-9965-31-695-1

5. Rakishev R.T., Orazbayeva A.I. Historical phenomenology and interpretation of war // Actual problems of military history of Kazakhstan: A collection of materials of the international scientific and practical conference dedicated to the 550th anniversary of the formation of the Kazakh Khanate (Astana, November 30, 2015). / ed. A.A. Martynov. – Astana: National Defense University named after the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 2015. – pp. 134-137

6. Rakishev RT. The role of the military factor in the formation of Kazakh statehood / Astana. 2016. – 48 p. ISBN 978-6017882-01-3

7. Rakishev R.T. The phenomenon of war in the nomadic society of Kazakhs: theoretical and methodological aspect // International Scientific conference of students, postgraduates and young scientists “Lomonosov – 2016”. Moscow: MSU.- 2016.- April 11-15 (electronic collection)

8. Rakishev R.T. To the study of the theory of war as an integral part of military history / Innovative development and relevance of science in modern Kazakhstan: Collection of articles of the International scientific conference of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Almaty, October 20-21, 2016). – Almaty, 2016. – pp. 168-171

9. Rakishev R.T. Orbulak – Thermopylae: Historical analogies of Battles //«European Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences». – # 9-10. – 2016. – P. 58-72  

10. Rakishev R.T. Features of the military-organizational structure of the Kazakh Khanate in the XIV-XVI centuries //Humanitarian problems of military affairs. – No.6, 2016. – pp. 13-17

11. Rakishev R.T. Structural model features and military strategy of the military unit of the Kazakh Khanate (XV-XVII centuries) / / Accepted into the collection of the scientific and methodological conference “The Great Steppe: military history”, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

12. Rakishev R.T., Orazbayeva A.I. A historical and philosophical analysis of the influence of various factors on the nature of warfare of Central Asian nomads / Collection of scientific works “Dialogue of two cultures of the West and the East through the prism of unity and diversity: the ancient world, the Middle Ages, modern and modern times” /ed. V.N. Vdovin. – Almaty: Institute of Philosophy, Political Science and Religious Studies, SC MES RK, 2017. – pp. 198-203

13. R. Zakarya. Materials of the XXIX International Scientific and Practical Conference “Trends and prospects for the development of science and education in the context of globalization”: Collection of scientific papers. ‒ Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky, 2017. ‒ Issue 29. ‒ pp. 213-217

14. R. Zakarya. XIV International Eurasian Scientific Forum “Study of the Alash movement in the Eurasian space: views and positions”. – Astana, October 25, 2017.

15. R. Zakarya. “Migration policy of the Soviet government in 1920-1940” International innovative center “Perspektiva plus”. MSBooks Publishing, Winnipeg, Canada. 2019.37-40 p.

16. R. Zakarya. Migration policy of the USSR in first half of ХХ century. International innovative center “Perspektiva   plus”.MSBooks Publishing, Winnipeg, Canada. 2020. 82-84 p.

17. R. Zakarya. The policy of the Soviet Union regarding foreign political and labor migrants in the 1920s and 1930s. Electronic scientific magazine “edu.e-history.kz” 2020.

18. R. Zakarya.  The policy of the Soviet government regarding the immigration of foreign migrants before the Second World War. Electronic scientific journal “Turkestansky Vestnik”. pp. 55-62.

19. R. Zakarya. Activities of the International Organization for Aid to the Fighters of the Revolution in relation to European emigrants. Electronic scientific journal “Turkestansky Vestnik”. pp. 64-72.

20. R. Zakarya.  Activities of the International Organization for Assistance to Revolutionary Fighters in Relation to European Emigrants. Электронды ғылыми журнал «edu.e-history.kz» 2021.

21. R. Zakarya. Culture of Kazakhstan of the Soviet period in German historiography of the second half of the XX-early XXI centuries. “History of the Motherland” No. 1 (97) 2022. ISSN 1814 – 6961 E-ISSN: 2788-9718. DOI 10.51943/1814-6961_2022_1_41. S. 41-49.

  1. R. Zakarya, G. Kokebaeyva. Evacuation and repression: the Spaniards’ life in Kazakhstan Evacuación y represión: la vida de los españoles en Kazajistán. Historia Contemporánea, 2022, 70, 919-950 https://doi.org/10.1387/hc.2235 ISSN 1130-2402 – eISSN 2340-0277 (Scopus).

23. R. Zakarya. 1917 – 1940 LIFE AND SOCIAL SITUATION OF FOREIGN WORKERS AND POLITICAL EMIGRANTS IN THE USSR. The XVII International Scientific Conference for students and young scholars “ǴYLYM JÁNE BILIM – 2022”. p. 4256-4258.

24. R. Zakarya. PREREQUISITES FOR MIGRATION OF EUROPEAN MIGRANTS TO THE USSR, AS WELL AS THEIR MAIN CATEGORIES. ISSN 2710-3994 “edu.e-history.kz” electronic scientific journal No. 3 (31) 2022 https://edu.e-history.kz https://doi.org/10.51943/2710-3994_2022_31_3_81-97 IRSTI 03.09.55

25.  R. Zakarya. THE REPRESSIVE POLICY OF THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT TOWARDS EUROPEAN EMIGRANTS. ISSN 2710-3994 «edu.e-history.kz» electronic scientific journal № 2 (30) 2022 https://edu.e-history.kz https://doi.org/10.51943/2710-3994_2022_30_2_112-124 IRSTI 03.09.55