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The memorial plaque of Khadi Atlasi was mounted in the Drozhzhanovskiy district of the Republic of Tatarstan


The representative delegation from Kazan visited the Drozhzhanovskiy district to venerate the memory of Khadi Atlasi.

Today the ceremonial event took place in Nizhneye Chekurskoye village of the Drozhzhanovskiy district of Tatarstan, which was devoted to opening the memorial plaque for the outstanding Tatar public and religious figure, scientist and chronologist Khadi Atlasi.

In order to venerate his memory, the Drozhzhanovskiy district was visited by the representative delegation from Kazan, which included deputies of the State Counsel of the Republic of Tatarstan, poet Razil Valeev and play-writer Tufan Minnullin, the general director of “Idel-Press” publishing office of OJSC “Tatmedia” Islam Akhmetzyanov, the director of the Tatar State Academic Theatre named after G. Kamal Shamil Zakirov as well as representatives of the Writers Guild of RT, actors of the mentioned theatre and others.

The function began with visiting the house in Nizhneye Chekurskoye village, where Khadi Atlasi was born and lived. The guests went then to the village’s secondary school, on which wall the memorial plaque devoted to Khadi Atlasi was mounted.
“Today the Drozhzhanovskiy district of the Republic of Tatarstan has a big celebration. The outstanding leader Khadi Atlasi was born here, and our task is to eternize his memory”, said Rasil Valeev at the beginning of the function devoted to opening of the memorial plaque. The plaque demonstrates a portrait of the great Tatar chronologist, scientist and educator Khadi Atlasi, the date and the place of his birth.

Afterwards a creative meeting between the delegation from Kazan and the local people took place in the school hall. The words of greeting were delivered by deputies of the State Counsel of RT, players of the Tatar State Academic Theatre named after G. Kamal, scientists and representatives from the village school. The special gratitude was expressed towards the deputy of the State Counsel of RT, the general director of PSC “TAIF” Albert Shigabutdinov, who helped to organize this event as well as sponsors the school of Nizhneye Chekurskoye village. At the end of the function the school was presented with books from the fund “Zhyen”, afterwards pupils gave to the guests their hand-made gifts.

The literary and musicale event in the district’s culture center was the end of the function. Representatives from the district administration, public figures of Tatarstan addressed to the village people, leading actors of the Kamal Theatre showed fragments of their plays.

Khadi Miftakhutdinovich Atlasi (1876-1938) is an outstanding Tatar public and religious figure, chronologist, educator and active member of the Community on archeology, history and ethnography at the Kazan State University.

Khadi (Akhmetkhadi) Miftakhutzhinovich Atlasi (Atlasov) was born in 1876 in Nizhneye Cheke village, Buinsk district, Simbirsk government in mulla’s family. He finished the Buinsk madrassa “Nurgali” in 1894, and the pedagogical course in 1898, teached then until 1903 in one of Buinsk madrassas. Afterwards he becomes as an imam of a mosque and a mudarris of a madrassa in Almet village of Bugulma district having opened a school for girls at the madrassa.

In 1905 Atlasi was elected as a delegate to the all-Russian Islamic convention in Nizhniy Novgorod. In 1907 Khadi becomes as a deputy to the II State Duma on behalf of farmers of his district and begins strong social activity. In 1902 his first book “Natural History” was published. He writes and publishes his journalistic articles, for which in 1909 he was brought to a prison for three months and removed from his all positions. Khadi had to terminate work in the mosque and madrassa and commence active scientific and literary work.

After the February Revolution Khadi Atlasi throws himself into the politics: he becomes a member of national and democracy movement, stands for a cultural and national autonomy of Turkic folks in Russia. Once the Bolshevik regime started, Atlasi rejected to cooperate with them, for what in 1920 he was arrested. He was, however, declared not guilty in the proceeding in Chistopol, worked then at schools of the Bugulma canton. In 1929 he was arrested again, judged for 10 years in prison and sent to Solovetsky Islands.

In 1933 Khadi Atlasi was made free because of his health and allowed to work at schools. But in 1936 he was arrested once again and blamed for counter-revolutionary nationalistic activity. In October 1937 the court having taken place in a club named after Menzhinskiy, sentenced Kh. Atlasi and 8 people more to death by execution by a firing squad. On the 15th of February 1938 the sentence was enforced.



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