List of Famous people born in Kyrgyzstan
Valentina Anatolievna Shevchenko is a Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai fighter. She currently competes in the women's Flyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. Shevchenko became champion at UFC 231 after defeating Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She is the younger sister of fellow UFC fighter Antonina Shevchenko. As of November 23, 2020, she is ranked #2 in UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.
Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko is a Ukrainian politician and former professional boxer. He currently serves as Mayor of Kyiv and head of the Kyiv City State Administration, having held both offices since June 2014. Klitschko is a former leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and a former Member of the Ukrainian Parliament. He became actively involved in Ukrainian politics in 2005 and combined this with his professional boxing career until his retirement from the sport in 2013.
Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev is a Kyrgyz-American man of Chechen descent who was convicted of terrorism in planting pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, along with his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The bombings killed three people and injured approximately 280 others.
Antonina Shevchenko is a Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian Muay Thai fighter and mixed martial artist currently competing in the flyweight division of the UFC. She is the older sister of fellow UFC fighter and current UFC Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. As of November 23, 2020, she is #14 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.
Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova, better known by her stage name Jamala, is a Ukrainian singer, actress and songwriter. She represented Ukraine and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden with her song "1944".
Kristina Vogel is a German former track cyclist. During her career, she won two gold medals and a bronze at the Olympic Games, and is an eleven-time UCI World Champion. She was paralysed following a crash in June 2018.
Sooronbay Sharipovich Jeenbekov is a Kyrgyz politician who served as President of Kyrgyzstan from 2017 to 2020, until his resignation following a week of protests. He was also the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan from April 2016 to August 2017.
Talant Mushanbetovich Dujshebaev is a Russian-Spanish former handball player of Kyrgyz origin and current coach of PGE Vive Kielce. His most usual demarcation as a player was centre backcourt.
Mikhail Yefimovich Shvydkoy is a Soviet and Russian theater critic, drama, social and political activist. Laureate of the State Prize of Russia. The artistic director of the Moscow theater musical, supervisor of the Faculty of the Graduate School of cultural policy and management in the humanitarian sphere, Moscow State University.
Dmitry Yuryevich Bivol is a Russian professional boxer who has held the WBA light-heavyweight title since 2017. As an amateur, he won a gold medal at the 2013 World Combat Games in the 81 kg weight category. As of June 2020, Bivol is ranked as the world's best active light-heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and third by BoxRec and The Ring.
Ihor Dmytrovych Poklad is a Ukrainian composer, People's Artist of Ukraine (1997), Merited Worker of Arts (1989).
Meerim Zhumanazarova is a Kyrgyzstani freestyle wrestler. She holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Kyrgyzstan. She won a bronze medal in the women's 68 kg event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. She also won the gold medal in the same event at the 2021 World Wrestling Championships in Oslo, Norway.
Ilzat Toglokovich Akhmetov is a Russian professional footballer of Uyghur descent who plays as an attacking midfielder for PFC CSKA Moscow.
Murat Magometovich Zyazikov is an Ingush politician who was the second president of the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia. He was born in what is now Kyrgyzstan. Zyazikov was a controversial politician in Ingushetia.
Kurmanbek Saliyevich Bakiyev is a politician who served as the second President of Kyrgyzstan, from 2005 to 2010. Large opposition protests in April 2010 led to the takeover of government offices, forcing Bakiyev to flee the country.
Roza Isakovna Otunbayeva is a Kyrgyz diplomat and politician who served as the President of Kyrgyzstan from 7 April 2010 until 1 December 2011, becoming the first female Central Asian Head of State. She was sworn in on July 3, 2010, after acting as interim leader following the 2010 April revolution which led to the ousting of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. She previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as head of the parliamentary caucus for the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan.
Sergey Anatolyevich Gaplikov, born in 1970, is a Russian politician who served as Head of the Komi Republic from September 2015 to April 2020.
Kamchybek Kydyrshaevich Tashiev is a Kyrgyzstani politician who was head of the political party Ata-Zhurt until its merger with the Respublika party in 2014. He is currently co-chairman of Respublika–Ata Zhurt. He is a citizen of Kyrgyzstan and father of four sons. From 1987 to 1989 he served in the Soviet Army.
Sapar Jumakadyrovich Isakov is a Kyrgyz politician who was Prime Minister from 26 August 2017 to 19 April 2018. Previously he was chief of staff for President Almazbek Atambayev.
Alexander Antonovich Mashkevich is a businessman and investor. He has major holdings and close political relationships in Kazakhstan. He holds both Kazakh and Israeli citizenship; according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, he usually travels on his Israeli passport and "rarely spends more than a week each month in Kazakhstan."