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Date of birth unknown; died 1781. A sultan of the Middle Horde in Kazakhstan; khan after 1771.

In 1740, Ablai became a Russian subject and contributed to the development of trade with Russia. He achieved the unification of the Kazakhs of the Middle Horde, part of the Elder Horde, and some clans of Kirghizia under his rule, and he established a government of violence and tyranny. He fanned strife among the clans to weaken his opponents.


Istoriia Kazakhskoi SSR, vol. 1. Alma-Ata, 1957.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Department of International Relations, Ablai Khan Kazakh University of International Relations and World Languages, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
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Screenplay by Russian scribe Rustam Ibragimbekov ("Burnt by the Sun") blends sketchy facts about historical figure Ablai Khan (an 18th century Kazak military strategist whose efforts at unification helped to create Kazakhstan's borders), with shades of the biblical book "Exodus," Ridley Scott's "Gladiator," and that film's 1964 exemplar "The Fall of the Roman Empire," among many others from the epic back catalog.