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On state awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Updated Unofficial translation

Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 12 December 1995, No. 2676.

      Unofficial translation
      Footnote. Title is in the wording, Preamble excluded by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated July 26, 1999.

I. General Provisions

Article 1. Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in recognition of their services to the Republic and their fruitful state, social, creative and activities, labour feats and feats of arms, shall be awarded state awards.

      State awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan may also be awarded to foreign citizens and stateless persons providing services to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      State awards are awarded by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Article 2. State awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan are the signs of excellent distinction, and include the order of “Altyn Kyran”, the titles of “Halyk Kaharmany” and “Kazakstannyn Yenbek Ery”, other orders, medals and honorary titles, and the Certificate of Merit of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      Footnote. Article 2 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 93-IV dated 01.12.2008 (see Art. 2 for the enactment procedure).

Article 3. Names of state awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan are established in the state language.

      Descriptions of state awards, samples of “Altyn Kyran”, “Halyk Kaharmany” and “Kazakstannyn Yenbek Ery” books, order books, certificates of medals and bestowal of honorary titles, the method of nomination for and bestowal of state awards, other documents, and rules, are approved by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      Footnote. Article 3 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 93-IV dated 01.12.2008 (see Art. 2 for the enactment procedure).

Article 4. Nominees for bestowal of the order “Altyn Kyran” are determined by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      Nominations for bestowal of other state awards shall be brought before the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan by the Parliament, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, ministries, state committees, other central and local executive bodies, creative unions, and other organizations.

      Nominees for awards may be considered and put forward by labour collectives.

      Nominations for bestowal of awards on foreign citizens shall be made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other ministries and state committees, and other central executive bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on common grounds.

      Nominations of citizens for the next award shall be made not less than five years from the previous awarding, except for awards to mothers with many children and special occasions connected to heroic feats and extreme circumstances.

Article 5. The same person shall not be awarded twice with marks of excellent distinction, or the same orders and medals, except for awards with levels.

      Honorary titles shall not be reassigned.

      State awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan, for courage, bravery and heroism in defending the interests of the country may be awarded e posthumously.

      Footnote. Article 5 is in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462.
      dated July 26, 1999,

Article 6. Persons on whom any order of the Republic of Kazakhstan is bestowed shall be called knights of the order.

Article 7. For preliminary consideration and preparation of nominations for awards, the Commission for State Awards is created by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The composition of the Commission, and the regulations concerning its activities, are approved by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

II. Marks of excellent distinction

Article 8. The order of “Altyn Kyran” (Golden Eagle) is a mark of excellent distinction in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      The order of “Altyn Kyran” shall be awarded to citizens for outstanding state service to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      The order of “Altyn Kyran” may be awarded to citizens on whom one of the orders of the Republic of Kazakhstan or the Soviet Union has previously been bestowed.

Article 9. The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall become a knight of the order of “Altyn Kyran” by virtue of his position.

Article 10. The title “Halyk Kaharmany” (National Hero) is awarded for outstanding services to the Republic of Kazakhstan, and feats of arms in the name of its freedom and independence.

      Individuals awarded the title “Halyk Kaharmany”, shall be awarded a special sign of distinction: the Gold Star and the Order of “Otan”.

      The first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy, according to his status, has the title of “Halyk Kaharmany” (National Hero) given together with special distinctions - the Gold Star and the Order of “Otan”.

      Footnote. Article 10 as amended by Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated July 26, 1999,; No. 307 dated 21.07.2007, (see Article 2 of the Law for the enactment procedure); № 525-IV dated 02.01.2012; № 91-VI dated 11.07.2017 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after the day of its first official publication).

Article 10-1. The title “Kazakstannyn Yenbek Ery” is awarded for the outstanding achievements in the economic, social and human development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      Individuals on whom the title “Kazakstannyn Yenbek Ery” is bestowed shall be awarded a special sign of distinction: the Gold Star and the Order of “Otan”.

      Footnote. Section II is supplemented by Article 10-1 in accordance with Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 93-IV dated 01.12.2008 (see Article 2 for the enactment procedure).

III. Orders

Article 11. Orders of the Republic of Kazakhstan are:

      - “Otan” (Fatherland)

      - “Kazakhstan Respublikasynyn Tyngysh Prezidenti – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev” (First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev);

      - “Barys” (Snow Leopard)

      - “Dank” (Glory)

      - “Aibyn” (Valour)

      - “Parassat” (Nobility)

      - “Dostyk” (Friendship)

      - ‘Kurmet” (Honour).

      - “Enbek Danky” (Labour Glory).

      Footnote. Article 11 as amended by Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26.07.1999; No.180 dated 03.05.2001; No. 290-IV dated 14.06.2010 (see Article 2 for the enactment procedure); № 212-V dated 27.06.2014 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2015); № 293-V dated 17.03.2015 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after the day of its first official publication); № 91-VI dated 11.07.2017 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after the day of its first official publication).

Article 12. The order of “Otan” is awarded to citizens for outstanding achievements in:

      - public and social activities;

      - development of economic, social spheres, science and culture;

      - the public, law enforcement and military service, and development of democracy and social progress.

      Footnote. Article 12 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 255 dated 22 May 2007, (shall be enforced from the day of its official publication).

Article 12-1. The Order of “Kazakhstan Respublikasynyn Tyngysh Prezidentі - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev” is awarded to citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan for special merits in public and social activities contributing to the formation, prosperity and glory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      The Order of “Kazakhstan Respublikasynyn Tyngysh Prezidentі - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev” may be awarded to heads and leaders of foreign governments for special services to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      Footnote. Law supplemented by Article 12-1 in accordance with Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 26.07.1999 No. 462; in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 03.05.2001 No. 180; as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 14.06.2010 No. 290-IV (see Article 2 for the enactment procedure).

Article 12-2. The order of “Barys” is awarded for special services in:

      - strengthening the statehood and sovereignty of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

      - guaranteeing the peace and consolidating the community and unity of the people of Kazakhstan;

      - public, industrial, scientific, socio-cultural and social activities;

      - strengthening cooperation between nations, rapprochement and mutual enrichment of national cultures, and friendly relations among states.

      The order of “Barys” consists of three classes:

      - “Barys” 1st degree;

      - “Barys” 2nd degree;

      - “Barys” 3rd degree.

      The first degree is the highest degree of the order. Awarding shall be 3rd, 2nd and 1st degree in sequence.

      In exceptional cases for special distinction, the award may be given without taking account of the sequence, by decision of Head of State.

      Footnote. The Law is supplemented by Article 12-2 in accordance with Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 180 dated 3 May 2001.

Article 13. The Order of “Dank” is awarded to senior officers of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations, and members of special state bodies and prosecution national security and internal affairs authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

      - for achievements in command and control of troops and high combat readiness, and ensuring the defence capability of the country;

      - for excellent organization of military, border and internal services ensuring national security, strengthening legality and protecting public order.

      The Order of “Dunk” consists of two classes:

      - “Dunk” 1st degree;

      - “Dunk” 2nd degree.

      The 1st degree is the highest degree of the order. Awarding shall be 2nd and 1st degree sequentially.

      Footnote. Article 13 is in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July, 1999, as amended by Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 473 dated 4 July 2003; No. 255 22 May 2007 (shall be enforced from day of its official publication); No. 547-IV dated 18.01.2012 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after its first official publication); No. 553-IV dated 13.02.2012 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after its first official publication).

Article 14. The Order of “Aibyn” is awarded to military servicemen of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations, and members of special state bodies and prosecution, national security and internal affairs authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

      - for achievements in combat training, ensuring high levels of combat readiness and developing of new military equipment, and ensuring legality and public order;

      - for bravery and selflessness in the fulfilment of military and service duties, and for deeds, committed in protecting the interests of the state.

      The Order of “Aibyn” consists of three classes:

      - “Aibyn” 1st degree;

      - “Aibyn” 2nd degree;

      - “Aibyn” 3rd degree.

      The Orders of “Aibyn” 1st and 2nd degree are awarded to individual junior and senior officer personnel.

      The 1st degree is the highest degree of the order. Awarding shall be 2nd and 1st degree sequentially.

      The Order of “Aibyn” 3rd degree is awarded to soldiers, sailors, sergeants and master sergeants.

      Footnote. Article 14 is in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July 1999; as amended by Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 473 dated 4 July 2003; No. 255 dated 22 May 2007 (shall be enforced from day of its official publication); No. 547-IV dated 18.01.2012 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after its first official publication); No. 553-IV dated 13.02.2012 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after its first official publication).

Article 15. The Order of “Parassat” is awarded to scientists, artists, writers, people of art, statesmen and public figures, and citizens who have made a great contribution to developing and increasing the spiritual and intellectual potential of the Republic, or for activity in protection of human rights and social interests.

Article 16. The Order of “Dostyk” is awarded to citizens for fruitful activity in the maintenance of mutual agreement within society, and contribution to strengthening peace, friendship and cooperation between nations.

      The Order of “Dostyk” consists of two classes:

      - “Dostyk” 1st degree;

      - “Dostyk” 2nd degree.

      Awards can be issued without taking account of sequence.

      Footnote. Article 16 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462.dated 26 July 1999

Article 17. The Order of “Kurmet” is awarded to citizens for achievements in the development of the economy, social sphere, science and culture and education, and for exemplary service in state bodies and public activities. Article 17-1. The Order of “Enbek Danky” is awarded to workers and people working in industry, transport, construction, agriculture and other branches of material production for fruitful long-term work at one enterprise, institution, organization, and also for the highest performance indicators, contributing to the growth of labor productivity and products’ quality improvement, increasing the competitiveness of the national economy.

      The Order of “Enbek Danky” has three degrees:

      I degree “Enbek Danky”;

      II degree “Enbek Danky”;

      IIІ degree “Enbek Danky”.

      I degree is the highest degree of the Order. Awarding is carried out sequentially: IIІ degree, II degree and I degree.

      The status of holders of the Order of “Enbek Danky” of three degrees is equal to that of persons awarded the title “Kazakhstanyn Enbek Eri”.

      Footnote. Chapter III is supplemented by Article 17-1 in accordance with Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan № 212-V dated 27.06.2014 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2015); in the new wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan № 293-V dated 17.03.2015 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after the day of its first official publication).

IV. Medals

Article 18. Medals of the Republic of Kazakhstan are:

      - “Erlegi ushin” (for courage)

      - “Zhauyngerlik erlegi ushin” (for military valour)

      - “Eren enbegi ushin” (for distinguished labour)

      - “Shapagat” (Mercy).

Article 19. The “Erlegi ushin” is awarded to citizens for bravery and selflessness:

      - in extreme situations connected with the preservation of human lives (on water, in fire, during natural disasters);

      - in the fight against crime.

Article 20. The “Zhauyngerlik erligi ushin” medal is awarded to servicemen of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and also officials of special state bodies, prosecutor’s offices, national security, internal affairs authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

      - for skilful, initiative and courageous actions in battle contributing to the successful fulfilment of a combat missions by a military unit or subunit and in the fight against crime;

      - for courage in the defence of the state border;

      - for merit during military service.

      Footnote. Article 20 as amended by Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July 1999; No. 338 dated 10 July 2002; No. 473 dated 4 July 2003; No. 547-IV dated 18.01.2012 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after its first official publication); № 553-IV dated 13.02.2012 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after its first official publication).

Article 21. The “Eren enbegi ushin” medal is awarded to citizens for labour achievements in economic and social spheres, science, culture and public service.

Article 22. The “Shapagat” medal is awarded to citizens for active and fruitful activity, mercy and charity.

      Footnote. Article 22 in the new wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan № 403-V dated 16.11.2015 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after the day of its first official publication).

Article 23. The sequence of orders and medals of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in order of importance, is established in the manner set out in this Law.

      Footnote. Article 23 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462.dated 26 July 1999

V. Honorary titles

Article 24. The following honorary titles are established in the Republic of Kazakhstan:

      “Kazakstannyn Yenbek sіnіrgen kairatkeri” (Honoured Figure of Kazakhstan);

      “Kazakstannyn garyshker-ushkishy" (Pilot-Cosmonaut of Kazakhstan).

      Individuals awarded the honorary title “Kazakstannyn garyshker-ushkishy” are entitled to special state benefits as established by Kazakh legislation.

      Footnote. Article 24 is in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 211-IV dated 02.12.2009 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2010).

Article 25. Honorary titles of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall be assigned as follows:

      - “Kazakstannyn Enbek sinirgen kayratkeri”: to prominent state and public figures, and representatives of science, culture, art, production and the social sphere for great services to the republic;

      - “Kazakstannyn garyshker-ushkyshy”: to citizens who successfully completed the prescribed program of spaceflight and fulfilled their scientific, technical, research and practical tasks in an exemplary way.

      Footnote. Article 25 is in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July 1999.

Article 26. Individuals, awarded honorary titles of the Republic of Kazakhstan, shall also be awarded a lapel badge with the established pattern.

VI. Awards for mothers with many children

Article 27. Awards for mothers with many children are pendants:

      - “Altyn Alka” (Golden pendant)

      - “Kumiss Alka” (Silver pendant).

Article 28. The “Altyn Alka” pendant is awarded to mothers who have given birth to and raised seven or more children.

      The “Altyn Alka” pendant is awarded when the seventh child reached one year of age and the remaining children of this mother are still living.

      When the “Altyn Alka” pendant is awarded, account shall be taken of children:

      - adopted by the mother as prescribed by law;

      - dead or missing in the protection of the interests of the Republic of Kazakhstan or in the fulfilment of other service duties, who died in natural disasters or in fulfilment of a civic duty to save human life and material assets, or in the fight against crime and the protection of public order, or due to injury, maiming or disease arising in these circumstances, or because of accident at work or occupational sickness.

      Footnote. Article 28 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 211-IV dated 02.12.2009 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2010).

Article 29. The “Kumiss Alka” pendant is awarded to mothers who have given birth to and raised six children, when the sixth child reaches one year of age and the remaining children of this mother are still living.

      When the “Kumiss Alka” pendant is awarded, the children referred to in the third part of Article 28 of this Law are also taken into account.

      Footnote. Article 29 as amended by Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26.07.1999; No. 211-IV dated 02.12.2009 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2010).

Article 30. The “Altyn Alka” and “Kumiss Alka” pendants have the status of orders of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

VII. Certificate of Merit of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Article 31. Certificate of Merit of the Republic of Kazakhstan is awarded to citizens for significant achievements in the economy, social sphere, science, culture, education, military and other civil service, and public and state activities.

      Certificate of Merit may be awarded to creative teams on the basis of tours to promote cultural ties, friendship and cooperation between nations.

      Footnote. Article 31 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 320 dated 27 July 2007 ( see Article 2 for the enactment procedure).

VIII. Procedure for wearing of orders, medals and other insignia

Article 32. Signs of excellent distinction – the order “Altyn Kyran” or Gold Star – are worn on the left side of the chest above orders and medals.

      Signs of honorary titles are worn on the right side of the chest.

Article 33. Orders and medals of the Republic of Kazakhstan are worn on the left side of the chest in the sequence specified in Articles 11 and 18 of this Law.

      When the sign of the order is worn on the shoulder belt it passes over the right shoulder. The star of this order is located on the left side of the chest to the left of orders.

      The awarded persons may wear symbols of awards of the standard pattern instead of orders and medals.

      Footnote. Article 33 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July 1999.

Article 33-1. In the presence of the person awarded the state awards of the former USSR and of other foreign states, the awards of the USSR and foreign states are worn after the awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the sequence specified in Articles 11 and 18 of this Law.

      Footnote. Supplemented by Article 33-1 by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July 1999.

IX. Status of state awards and the persons awarded them

Article 34. Awarding to citizens of signs of excellent distinction, the order “Otan” or the order “Kazakhstan Respublikasynyn Tyngysh Prezidenti - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev” is recorded in the Book of Glory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, instituted by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      Rules for updating and storing the Book of Glory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and its description, are approved by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      Footnote. Article 34 as amended by Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan No.180 dated 03.05.2001; No. 307 dated 21.07.2007 (see Article 2 for the enactment procedure); No. 290-IV 14.06.2010 (see Article 2 for the enactment procedure); No. 383-IV dated 10.01.2011 (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after its first official publication).

Article 35. (Is excluded by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 134 dated 19 June 1997).

Article 36. Mothers with many children awarded the pendant “Altyn Alka” or the previous title of “Heroine Mother” are provided with a first-ranking living area according to established standards.

Under and in accordance with the procedure established by Law of the Republic Kazakhstan "On State Welfare Payments for Families with Children", mothers with large families awarded with pendants "Altyn Alka", "Kumis Alka" or those who received the title of "Mother-Heroine", as well as awarded with orders of "Mother's Glory" of I and II degrees shall receive monthly welfare payments.

      Footnote. Article 36 is in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July 1999.

Article 37. The benefits to mothers with many children awarded the pendant “Kumis Alka” may be established at the expense of local budgets.

      Footnote. Article 37 is in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July 1999.

Article 38. Individuals awarded the state awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan must ensure their safety.

      In case of loss of state awards and relevant documents, the awarded persons shall retain their rights to the awards.

      As a rule, duplicates of the order “Altyn Kyran”, Golden Star, orders, medals and badges of distinction are not provided to replace the lost one. As an exception, they may be issued by the decision of the Commission for State Awards with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan only in cases of loss due to fire, earthquake and other natural disasters, when the awarded person was unable to prevent their loss.

      Copies of award documents, in case of loss, are issued by the decision of the Commission for State Awards at the request of local executive bodies.

Article 39. Orders, medals and badges to honorary titles of the Republic of Kazakhstan for dead awarded citizens and posthumously awarded citizens, and their awarding documents, shall be retained by the family memory.

      With the consent of the heirs of the deceased, awards and awarding documents may be transferred to museums for storage and display.

      If the deceased has no heirs, his/her awards and awarding documents shall be returned to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Article 39-1. Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, foreign citizens and stateless persons on whom state awards are bestowed shall have the right to export these awards out of the Republic together with the awarding documents.

      The method for export state awards made of precious metals is determined by the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

      Footnote. Chapter IX is supplemented with Article 39-1 in accordance with of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated July 26, 1999.

X. Loss of state awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Article 40. Loss of state awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan is ordered by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan when the awarded person is convicted of a crime, following the proposal of the court on the grounds and in the manner prescribed by legislation.

      Loss of state awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan entails the return of them and their documents to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Article 41. Citizens illegally convicted and fully rehabilitated shall, under a court decision, be given back the right to state awards by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

XI. Final and transitional provisions

Article 42. Making and production of orders and medals, badges and associated documents to them, as well as Certificate of Merits, similar in appearance to state awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan, are prohibited.

Article 43. Purchase, sale, exchange or other transfer for a consideration of orders, medals and badges conferring an honorary title of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and other illegal acts committed in relation to state awards shall entail liability under the Law.

Article 44. For citizens awarded before the entry into force of this Law with the orders “Otan” and “Dunk”, the highest degree of excellence, the title “Halyk Kaharmany” and honorary titles of the Republic, local representative bodies may provide the benefits at the expense of local budgets.

      Footnote. Article 44 is in the wording of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July, 1999.

Article 45. The following shall be deemed to have lost force:

      Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 1 April 1993 “Concerning State Awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan” (Bulletin of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 1993, No. 8, Article 157);

      Resolution of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 1 April 1993 “Concerning introduction of the Law “Concerning State Awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, except for paragraphs 3 and 4 (Bulletin of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 1993, No. 8, Article 158).

      This Law enters into force from 1 January 1996.

      Footnote. Article 45 as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 462 dated 26 July 1999.

      The President

      of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev


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