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Kazakhstan Embraces Nazarbayev Naming Craze

What’s in a name?

Plenty, for the 99 people who share a full name with the strongman president of Kazakhstan.

This is the number of citizens who have been named in honor of Nursultan Nazarbayev in the 24 years since Kazakhstan gained its independence, statistics released on the occasion of First President’s Day on December 1 show.

The 99 are just the tip of the iceberg. That is the number of children given the president’s first name and his surname too.

But many more share his first name alone  — a total of 37,077 children born since 1991 have been named Nursultan, TengriNews reports, citing the Statistics Committee.

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Kazakhstan Embraces Nazarbayev Naming Craze

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