Courage and adherence to principles
Yury Khamzatovich Ka
lmykov belonged to those persons whom I especially liked. We
got acquainted thirty five years ago and he was my friend during more than
a half of my conscious life.
Yury Khamzatovich is well-known as scientist, pedagogue, statesman
and public figure and in all these roles he enjoyed great respect on the
part of students, colleagues, thousands and even millions citizens.
I happened many times to meet and work with Yury Khamzatovich in all
these professional fields and I knew him also as an excellent person. He
is a rare combination of talent, erudition, diligence, energy, honesty
During several decades I happened to be many times in Saratov where
professor Kalmykov in the juridical institute headed the same sub-faculty
as I did in Kazakh state university. I went there to participate in scientific
conferences and act as opponent and always tried to prolong my staying
in order to delight intercourse with Yury Kalmykov and his excellent family.
His house was distinguished by hospitality, not for show but quite sincere.
Here is an example. Once at Yury“s I saw a rare and very valuable book
and expressed envious admiration. From his house we went directly to the
railway station - he saw me off to Alma-Ata. In the train I discovered
this book in my suitcase.
What concerns science, professor Kalmykov was indefatigable toiler.
Engaged in teaching, instructing post-graduate students and later in important
state and social activities he always found time to write serious monographs
which enriched the valuable fund of our law science. I was always the most
serious reader of its scientific works and to some of them wrote reviews.
In these years we often met in the centres where science of civil law
developed intensively: Leningrad, Sverdlovsk, Tomsk, Kharkov, Riga, Alma-Ata
and, of course, Moscow. These meetings took place in discussion, academic
and institute halls and at our teachers - Serguey Nikitich Bratous and
Raisa Osipovna Halfina.
With the beginning of reforms Yury Hamzatovich became a deputy of the
first freely elected Supreme Soviet and headed Committee for legislation.
He participated in drawing up all principal laws of that time.
We all know about his intensive public activities in the Caucasus.
He liked his people very much and was proud of it but never chose friends
according to their nationality. I remember how during one meeting of specialists
for the civil law at Y.K. Kalmykov and chairman of Committee for Constitutional
Supervision S.S. Alekseev (they lived in adjacent hotel rooms) we discovered
that among eleven persons there were representatives of seven nationalities.
Yury Kalmykov was always distinguished by his adherence to principles.
In 1980 our teacher and intimate friend professor 0.S. Ioffe, eminent scientist,
was virtually expelled from the country (now he is professor of one American
university). Many of his numerous «friends» turned their backs on him fearing
to bring anger of authorities upon themselves. Yury Kalmykov, on the contrary,
didn`t change his attitude towards Ioffe and didn`t conceal that.
In November of 1994 minister of justice of the Russian Federation,
member of Security Council Y.K. Kalmykov resigned because of his disagreement
with the decision about bringing troops into Chechnya.
After that Yury Khamzatovich continued his state and social activities
in State Duma whose deputy he was and in Centre of Private Law where he
kept working on development of legislation.
Our common friend professor V.A. Oygenziht, compelled to run from Dyushambe
to Izrael, wrote an article about Y.K. Kalmykov, in one of Russian-language
newspapers which was titled in the following way: «There are still knights».
He chose a correct word. Knight - this is about Yury Kalmykov, scientist
doctor of juridical science