Aidar Askarevich Akayev (Kyrgyz: Айдар Аскарович Акаев; 20 February 1976 – 5 February 2020) was a Kyrgyz politician, businessman and public figure. He was the son of former President of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akayev and the former husband of Aliya Nazarbayeva, the youngest daughter of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
He was born in late February in 1976 in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia). At this time his father Askar was a professor at the Leningrad Institute of Precision Mechanics and Optics where he met Aidar's mother Mayram. A year after his birth, Akayev and his family moved to the city of Frunze (now Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) in the Kyrgyz SSR, where he grew up and graduated in 1994. Following graduation, he moved to the American state of Maryland, where he studied at the University of Maryland and graduated in 1998 with a degree in management and business. Moving back to Kyrgyzstan later that year, he became director of the Representative Office of Kazkommertsbank OJSC in Bishkek, before moving to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he worked in Kazkommertsbank, which is the largest bank in the country. While working in Almaty, Akayev who was then 24 years old, met 18-year-old Aliya Nazarbayeva, the daughter of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, and married her in 1999. The marriage was short-lived however, with the two separating in 2001. The marriage was according to the BBC, "seen by many people as a return to the old Central Asian tradition of cementing political ties with family ones."
In February 2001, he served as a chief Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Kyrgyzstan. From December 23, 2004 – March 30, 2005, Akayev served as President of the National Olympic Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic as well as the President of the Boxing Federation of Kyrgyzstan concurrently. On January 18, 2005, Akayev filed an application for participation in the February parliamentary elections, in which he was elected to parliament with 79.65% of the vote. Despite this, the results were considered void due to the events that were beginning to unfold in the country. After the Tulip Revolution took place in March 2005 (after the change of power in Kyrgyzstan), he along with the rest of his family, was deprived of all government posts, deputy powers, with the country's prosecutor general bringing criminal charges against him on the count of embezzlement of state funds, financial fraud and misappropriation of another's property under threat of force. Akayev then lived in exile with his father in Moscow, where his father is a professor at Moscow State University. Beside the Kyrgyz language, Akayev was also fluent in Russian and English.
Akayev died in Moscow on 5 February 2020 from sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 43.
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