Olzhas Omarovich finished school in 1954. He graduated from the Geological Sciences Department of the Kazakh State University in 1959 with the qualification of an engineering geologist. He combined the last years of study with the work in geological exploration crews. He began his literary activities in 1955.

1959- 1961

In 1959 he entered the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow at the Poetry Translation Faculty, which he graduated in 1961.


In 1962-1971 Mr. Suleimenov worked as a copy editor of the newspaper "Kazakhstanskaya Pravda", an editor-in-chief of the script-editorial board of the film studio "Kazakhfilm", a head of the Department of Journalism in the magazine "Prostor".


1971-1981 – Secretary of the Board of the Writers' Union of Kazakhstan.

1972 - 1975

Since 1972 – Chairman of the Kazakh Committee on Relations with Writers from Asia and Africa, one of the initiators and organizers of the 5th Conference of Writers of Asian and African Countries in Almaty (1975).


From the beginning of the 1970-ies until the late 1980-ies – Deputy Chairman of the Soviet Committee for Relations with the Countries of Asia and Africa.


In 1975 he published a literary book "AZ-i-YA. The Book of the Well-Intentioned Reader".


1977-1995 – Chairman of the Chess Federation of Kazakhstan during 18 years.

Deputy, Member of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh SSR (1980-1984), Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (1984-1989, 1989-1991).

Delegate of the 26th Congress of the CPSU (1981).


1981-1984 – Chairman of the State Committee of the Kazakh SSR for Cinematography.


1984-1992 – First Secretary of the Board of the Union of Writers of Kazakhstan, Secretary of the Board of the USSR Union of Writers.


Since 1992 – Honorary Chairman of the Union of Writers of Kazakhstan, engaged in creative activities.


In 1989 Mr. Suleimenov became the initiator and leader of the popular anti-nuclear movement "Nevada-Semipalatinsk", which was aimed at closing the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and other nuclear test sites of the world.


1991-1995 – leader of the party "People's Congress of Kazakhstan", which was transformed from the anti-nuclear movement, Deputy of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1994-1995).


1995-2001 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Italy and concurrently in Greece and Malta.

Interesting Facts

He continued his literary career and published in 1998 in Rome a book "The Language of Writing" “on the origin of the written language and the language of small mankind” and “The Smile of God” in 2001 – "Crossing Parallels" (introduction to Turkic Slavic studies), in 2002 – a book "Türks in Prehistory" (on the origin of ancient Turkic languages and scripts), for which he received the Kültigin Award for outstanding achievements in the field of Turkic studies (2002).