Serik Akhmetov

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Serik Akhmetov
Серік Ахметов
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8th Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
In office
24 September 2012 – 2 April 2014
President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Preceded by Karim Massimov
Succeeded by Karim Massimov
Minister of Defense of Kazakhstan
In office
3 April 2014 – 22 October 2014
President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Prime Minister Karim Massimov
Preceded by Adilbek Dzhaksybekov
Succeeded by Imangali Tasmagambetov
Personal details
Born (1958-06-25) 25 June 1958 (age 60)
Temirtau, Soviet Union
(now Kazakhstan)
Political party Nur Otan

Serik Nyghmetuly Akhmetov (Kazakh: Серік Нығметұлы Ахметов; born 25 June 1958) was Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from 2012 to 2014. He served as the Minister of Defense from April to October 2014.

Akhmetov served for a time as Deputy Governor of Astana before being appointed to the Government of Kazakhstan as Minister of Transportation on 25 September 2006. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Atameken National Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers of Kazakhstan since 2005. President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed Akhmetov as Prime Minister following the resignation of Karim Massimov on 24 September 2012.


Akhmetov met with Igor Levitin, the Russian Transport Minister, on 25 October 2006. Akhmetov proposed building a transport corridor using preexisting roads from southern Kazakhstan through Kazan and Orenburg to St. Petersburg. Minister Levitin said the Russian Government would consider the proposal, but that it wanted the corridor to go through Chelyabinsk. They discussed the "transit of planes from Asia to Europe" and transportation through the Caspian Sea. Levitin plans on making a working trip to Aqtau to further discuss sea transportation.[1] On 9 November Akhmetov and Levitin met in Aqtau, signing an agreement creating a train and ferry link between Aqtau and Makhachkala ports. The first ferry will carry 52 freight cars of grain and oil products on 10 November.[2]


He traveled with Deputy Prime Minister Karim Masimov, Finance Minister Natalya Korzhova, and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Baktykozha Izmukhambetov to Beijing, China from 16–17 November 2006 to boost bilateral relations.[3]


Akhemetov was convicted of corruption and given a ten-year prison sentence in December 2015; he was released from prison after two years, on September 21, 2017.[4]

2015, for the false Internet post about Akhmetov’s death, the notorious Kazakhstani blogger, a political critic of the government of Zhandos Bayshemirov, was detained. Many independent human rights and freedom of speech organizations have noted that the harassment of a blogger does not meet democratic standards. [1]

Personal characteristics

He is fluent in English, Russian and Kazakh. He is married and has two children.


  1. ^ Kazakhstan wants to build road from south to St Petersburg. ExKz
  2. ^ New Kazakh-Russian Transport Route Opened RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
  3. ^ China, Kazakhstan strengthen ties Kazinform
  4. ^ "Kazakhstan's Former Prime Minister Released From Prison Early". RadioFreeEurope RadioLiberty. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.

External links

  • Kazakhstan Works On Railroad Passenger Program To 2010[permanent dead link]
  • Kazakhstan Removes Key Barriers To Leasing With Support Of IFC And USAID
  • Kazakhstan Launches its First Communications Satellite
  • Mazhilis: Kazakhstan’s air space sovereignty aspects
  • Kazakh Premier visited Minsk scientific-production associations
  • Railway in Kazakhstan: transport minister speaks out about vital Asian rail commodity turnover
  • Heads of Iran-Kazakhstan joint commission meet
  • HK, Kazakhstan sign Air Services Agreement
  • Kazakhstan, HK sign air-services pact
Political offices
Preceded by
Karim Massimov
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
Succeeded by
Karim Massimov
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