Evidence for this, Myrzakhmet says, is even now circulating in academic circles and will soon lead Kazakhs to speak openly about that historical truth. Akhat Moska was married to a Russian woman, and “the Russians aren’t going to rush to share with us such information.” Indeed, he suggests, they will do everything to hide it.
“At present,” the historian says, “we must more deeply study the heritage of the great Abay and escape from a slavish consciousness. Indicative of what is going on is that documents concerning us are being destroyed in the Russian archives. Soviet power didn’t allow the Kazakhs to raise their national self-consciousness and held the Kazakh people under its control.”
But now things have changed, Myrzakhmet continues. “We are a people with pure blood, great intellectual potential and a broad range of views.” We even established what is now Russia’s capital, he implies, and eventually the Russians will have to acknowledge that.
For centuries, there have been disputes about where the name Moscow came from and who founded the city. The most common conjectures are that it is a Finno-Ugric name and that the city was founded by groups who lived in the region before the people who came to be known as the Russians ever arrived.
Myrzakhmet’s suggestion is a relatively new one, but it is certain to spark controversy. At the very least, it is an indication of the growing national self-consciousness of the Kazakhs and their willingness to challenge Russian nationalist and imperial thinking, something many in Moscow will take the most extreme umbrage at.