To mark the 20th Anniversary of the Republic Kyrgyzstan the Aitmatov Academy in Richmond honoured 5 people by ICAA on the 25th of November 2011 in York House in Twickenham, London, UK.
The award ceremony was hosted by Bermet Akaeva on behalf her father Professor Askar Akaev, the first President of the Republic of Kyrgystan.
A lot of guests from Russia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Hungary and local fans of the great Kyrgyz writer were happy to get a warm welcome of the Aitmatov Academy that evening.
Dr.David Holohan, the talk organizer for the Great Britain- Russia Society opened the ceremony and announced the short film about his closed friend Professor James Riordan, the chairman of the International Board of Jury of ICAA, which included 6 more academicians from the UK, Germany, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
The Jury awarded 5 people, they are: (за что они награждены стоит в журнале)
Winner of ICAA 2011 – Prof. James Riordan, UK
Friedrich Hitzer, Germany
Publishing House Unionsverlag, Switzerland
Prof. Askar Akaev, Kyrgyzstan
Dr.Aidar Makhmetov, Kazakhstan
The presentation of the book “Kyrgyzstan. Fight for democracy” by Professor Dmitry Kuznetsov caught a supreme interest of the BBC World (Kyrgyz Depatment), as Kazakh TV and the Russian Information Agencies as well that night.