Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan, 2004 – Present 

Vladislav Borisovich Kosarev was born on November 16, 1937, in the village of Volodarskoye in the Kokshetau Oblast of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. He joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1958 and graduated from the Omsk Agricultural Institute in 1968. He graduated from the Higher Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in 1972. 
 
Earlier, Kosarev worked as a tractor driver on the Borovsk state farm in the Rusayevsk region of Kokshetau Oblast and then served in the Soviet army for three years. In 1959 he began working as the secretary of the Borovsk state farm's Komsomol (Communist Youth League) and two years later became the secretary of the Party Committee at the Michurinskiy, Volodarskiy, and Chervonnyy state farms. In 1968 he became an instructor at the Oblast Committee. He became the first secretary of the Kokshetau Oblast Komsomol in 1970 and in 1973 the first secretary of the Leninskiy regional Party Committee. 
 
From 1980 to 1990 Kosarev served as the chairman of the Kokshetau Oblast Union of Agricultural Workers and from 1990 to 1997 was the chairman of the Kokshetau Oblast Council of Labor Unions. He served as a deputy in the lower house of parliament from 1999 to 2004 and was the secretary of the Committee on International Affairs, Defense and Security. He has served as secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan since 2004.