Alimkhan Abeuovich Yermekov
Years of Life 1891-1970
Kazakh public figure, one of the founders of the Alash party, the first Kazakh professor of mathematics, one of the few surviving Kazakh intelligentsia during the mass political repression.
Chairman of the Siberian Regional Executive Committee – “G. Potanin Government”. He is a public figure and statesman, one of the founders of the Alash party, a scientist and the first Kazakh professor-mathematician.
Together with other leaders, Alash Orda urged the leaders of the Soviet power to direct negotiations with the only requirement – to recognize the Kazakh autonomy. In 1920, Yermekov, as a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Kazakh SSR, went to Moscow. There, at a meeting chaired by Vladimir Lenin makes a report on the situation in Kazakhstan. There he also managed to achieve the return of a number of very important territories to Kazakhstan, such as the Korostylev steppe, Semipalatinsk, Akmola regions and the northern coast of the Caspian Sea.
In March 1938, Alimkhan Yermekov was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Military Tribunal of the NKVD of the Kazakh SSR on February 28, 1939. In 1948, the arrest followed again – this time for ten years. In 1955 Yermekov was released and fully rehabilitated.
In early 1938 he was arrested by denunciation. He was sentenced to 10 years for counterrevolutionary activity. He was imprisoned in Yeniseylag (Kansk city in Krasnoyarsk region). But this term was reduced to 6 years. However, due to the beginning of the Great Patriotic War Yermekov was kept in the camp for 9 years. He was released in 1947, worked at the Chimkent Institute of Building Materials Technology, acted as head of the department of mathematics and physics.
In 1948 he was again arrested and sentenced to ten years. In 1955, Yermekov was released and fully rehabilitated.
Before retirement in 1958, he worked at the Karaganda Mining Institute.
He died in Karaganda on June 22, 1970.