Zakir Kurtnezir, a famous Crimean Tatar writer, journalist and translator, passed away after a long illness on January 12 at the age of 83, reports the Avdet newspaper.

Born in the village of Varnutka (now the village of Goncharnoye of the Balaklavsky district) on December 2, 1933, Zakir Kurtnezir graduated from Namangan Pedagogical University with a degree in Physics and Mathematics, as well as from Tashkent State University with a degree in journalism. His first poems, written in the Uzbek language, were first published in an Uzbek newspaper. After the Lenin Bairag’yi newspaper was launched in 1957, he had his poems, written in the Crimean Tatar language, published in it on a regular basis. A number of Kurnezir's poems were published by the Yildiz magazine. Zakir Kurtnezir was a member of the USSR’s Union of Writers  (1978).

For many years, Zakir Kurtnezir was in charge of the Printing and Publishing Department of the Spiritual Administration of Crimean Muslims. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Hidayet newspaper and an author of many books, such as ‘Muhammed Alehisselyamnuin ahlyak’yi ve adetleri’, ‘Dun’ya kezdim – neler-neler kor’dim’ (travel notes), ‘Hastalarg’a shifa, dertlilerge deva’, ‘Vatan yolu otaymady’ and others.

Zakir-ag’a was interred in the village of Mamut-Sultan-4 (Dobroye) of the Simferopol district on January 13.

QHA’s personnel extend their heartfelt condolences to the next of kin of the deceased.

Allah rahmet eilesin.