|Description||This system is the Intelligence Community standard for the transliteration of Kazakh person names
that will be applied to all final written reports and products for IC consumers. It is not
intended to eliminate variations of a name that can contribute forensic information. Rather, it is
to provide an IC standard Romanized (English) transliteration from Kazakh that can then be linked
to forensic information in ways that will help identify the referent of the name.
In cases where an individual’s name has already been transliterated in a variant spelling, the IC
Standard spelling should appear first, followed by the variant spelling(s) in parentheses at the
first usage. In addition, if the original Cyrillic-script spelling is known, that spelling should
also appear in parentheses following the name, if possible, following best practices of the
issuing organization and taking into consideration information system capabilities. For example:
Bekzat Sattarkhanov (also seen as Bekzat Sattarkanov, Бекзат Саттарханов). This convention is
designed to ensure that vital forensic information is not lost.
For names of persons who are known to not be part of the Kazakh-speaking community, use the
relevant IC transliteration standard for names from that language (e.g., Yitzhak). A translator’s
note may be used to clarify the known origin of the person. Spell names of individuals from
languages that are written in Roman letters as they are spelled in those languages (e.g.,
George Clooney, Jorge Garcia, Georges Pompidou).
In the case of active senior government officials in the on-line CIA World Factbook and the on-
line directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments, the spellings given
in these on-line reference works should be used in place of the IC Standard. For any individual
who has at one time been listed in the Factbook or Chiefs of State directory but who no longer
appears in those resources (i.e. is no longer a government official), the IC Standard spelling
should appear first, with the spelling, if known, as it previously appeared in those resources
listed within parentheses at the first usage.
The primary goal is to produce a consistent Romanized transcription of names that is specifically
readable to the English-speaking non-specialist. The system uses the 26 letters of the standard
(English) Roman alphabet. Some ambiguities in the Romanized form will occur without the use of
diacritics. However, within the context of a report, where additional information about the
individual is provided, the referent will be clearly identified. This system will be used in
conjunction with on-line tools, name dictionaries, and lists containing conventional spellings of
names of well-known individuals.