I was born in the city of Shymkent in southern Kazakstan in 1989 and grew up there. After secondary school, I moved to Almaty, the cultural capital of the country, and it was there that I got actively involved in journalism. I studied journalism at the Kazak National University.
My parents are engineers by profession and my older brother also has technical background. My older sister is a journalist with the state TV station Khabar.
I had my first journalistic experience when I was 17 and was still at school. I wrote news reports for the state regional newspaper Yuzhnyi Kazakstan (South Kazakstan). I moved on to write more serious articles for the private newspaper Rabat and at the same time worked as a TV journalist and a presenter of a youth programme.
While at university, I continued to work for various media outlets. These included Internews Kazakstan on their programmes Ayna (Mirror) and Open Asia; news portal Stan TV and the TV and radio station Channel 31. Currently, I am editor of the markets section of Vzglyad (View) newspaper.
Journalism has been my first and only professional experience. I first took part in an IWPR training course in 2006 in Almaty and later I underwent training in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I take pleasure in writing to international standards. Although I now also work for other publications, it was IWPR that taught me how to construct stories.
Taking part in IWPR training sessions and as well as in seminars on training the trainers enabled me to teach journalism faculty students.
The most important thing that I took from IWPR courses is that a report should be objective and balanced, that the writer should not express an opinion and should employ different views to reflect the full picture.
It is difficult to say what makes me proud, but what makes me happy is that the profession can help ordinary people. I believe this is very important. I am glad to be able to call myself a journalist.
Independent groups say they are shut out of government funding.
Identify IssuesIWPR works with local voices to identify the tough issues facing regions in conflict transitionBuild JournalismIWPR provides the tools to report the story by creating and mentoring independent media outletsReport NewsThrough sound reporting on tough issues IWPR informs local citizens and advances global newsRaise AwarenessIWPR reporting shines a bright light on issues too often ignoredMake an ImpactIWPR makes a difference by strengthening civil societyGet involvedSupport local voices by spreading the word
IWPR’s journalism illustrated by stunning photography thanks to support from Gettyimages.
48 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8LT, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 1030 Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 1050
Zeestraat 100, 2518 AD The Hague, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)70 338 9016
IWPR United States
729 15th Street, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005
Tel: +1 202 393 5641
Institute for War & Peace Reporting is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom (charity reg. no: 1027201, company reg. no: 2744185); in the United States as a not-for-profit organization with tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(3); and as a charitable foundation in The Netherlands.