Today, Kazakhstan marks the Gratitude Day. The initiative of establishing the holiday belongs to the Head of State. According to the idea of ​​Nursultan Nazarbayev, the 1st of March is day of gratitude when different ethnic groups thank each other and express gratitude to Kazakhs, who have shown mercy and hospitality to other nations during tragic adversities of common history. Since the beginning of the 20th century, this has helped more than a million people to survive after being deported to the Republic. The festival date was not chosen by chance - it is the day when Kazakhstan’s ethnic assembly was established.

The ethno cultural association Vainakh marked the important date. Its members remember how in 1944, Chechens and Ingush were deported to Kazakhstan, and local residents held out a helping hand.

SALMAN GEROYEV, CHAIRMAN, CHECHEN-INGUSH ETHNIC AND CULTURAL ASSOCIATION:

We are really grateful to the Kazakh people, and to all ethnic groups, we are grateful to each other. To express our gratitude we have built a mosque and presented it to the Kazakh people. We have a lot of such examples.

To mark 73 years since the deportation of the Chechens and Ingush to Kazakhstan and Central Asia, the State archive of Astana is hosting the exhibition titled "Do not forget the past." The exhibition features unique documents that were formerly classified as "Confidential". These include  the report of People's Commissar of Internal Affairs Lavrenty Beria for resettlement of the Norther Caucasus residents in the Kazakh and Kyrgyz SSR, the memoranda, photographs from family archives of the Chechens and Ingush.

ZHANAGUL TURSYNOVA, DIRECTOR, PUBLIC LIBRARY, KARAGANDA REGION:

On January 31, 1944 a decree on the relocation of the Chechens and Ingush to Kazakhstan was issued and 400,000 people were deported here. The Kazakh people opened the doors to all peoples, people of all nationalities, who have come to our Kazakhstan. Shared their last piece of bread, they shared their home.

Only in 1957, Chechens and Ingush were allowed to return to their historical homeland. But most of the, till remain in Kazakhstan where they found permanent home. Today, they all remember and honor the past, but most importantly - thank each other and the Kazakh people.

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