The Most Famous

POLITICIANS from Azerbaijan

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This page contains a list of the greatest Azerbaijani Politicians. The pantheon dataset contains 15,710 Politicians, 28 of which were born in Azerbaijan. This makes Azerbaijan the birth place of the 76th most number of Politicians behind Ecuador and North Macedonia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Azerbaijani Politicians of all time. This list of famous Azerbaijani Politicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Azerbaijani Politicians.

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1. Heydar Aliyev (1923 - 2003)

With an HPI of 77.89, Heydar Aliyev is the most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 70 different languages on wikipedia.

Heydar Alirza oğlu Aliyev (Azerbaijani: Heydər Əlirza oğlu Əliyev, [hejdær ælirzɑ oɣlu ælijef]; Russian: Гейда́р Али́евич Али́ев, romanized: Geydár Alíyevich Alíyev, [gʲɪjˈdar ɐˈlʲiʲɪvɪtɕ ɐˈlʲiʲɪf]; 10 May 1923 – 12 December 2003) was an Azerbaijani politician who served as the third President of Azerbaijan from October 1993 to October 2003. As the national president, he held constitutional powers, but his influence on Azerbaijani politics had begun years earlier. As a young man he had joined the Azerbaijan SSR People's Commissariat for State Security (NKGB) and quickly rose to the rank of Major-General. The regime established by Heydar Aliyev in Azerbaijan has been described as dictatorial, authoritarian, and repressive. Political commentators highlight that Aliyev ran a heavy-handed police state, that he rigged elections and muzzled the press whereas others emphasize that his balanced policy brought stability to Azerbaijan.

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2. Arghun (1250 - 1291)

With an HPI of 73.67, Arghun is the 2nd most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Arghun Khan (Mongolian Cyrillic: Аргун хан; Traditional Mongolian: ᠠᠷᠭᠤᠨ; c. 1258 – 10 March 1291) was the fourth ruler of the Mongol empire's Ilkhanate, from 1284 to 1291. He was the son of Abaqa Khan, and like his father, was a devout Buddhist (although pro-Christian). He was known for sending several embassies to Europe in an unsuccessful attempt to form a Franco–Mongol alliance against the Muslims in the Holy Land. It was also Arghun who requested a new bride from his great-uncle Kublai Khan. The mission to escort the young Kököchin across Asia to Arghun was reportedly taken by Marco Polo. Arghun died before Kököchin arrived, so she instead married Arghun's son, Ghazan.

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3. Ilham Aliyev (1961 - )

With an HPI of 72.98, Ilham Aliyev is the 3rd most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 89 different languages.

Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev (Azerbaijani: İlham Heydər oğlu Əliyev, [ilham hejˈdæɾ oɣˈɫu æˈlijɪf]; born 24 December 1961) is the fourth and current president of Azerbaijan, serving in the post since 31 October 2003. The son and second child of former Azeri leader Heydar Aliyev, Ilham Aliyev was elected president of Azerbaijan in 2003 following his father's death, in an election considered fraudulent and unfair by foreign outlets. Azerbaijani foreign relations under Aliyev included strengthened cooperation with the European Union (EU), using caviar diplomacy, with Russia, with NATO via the NATO–Azerbaijan Individual Partnership Action Plan, and with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The New York Times described Aliyev's foreign policy as being pro-Western, selling oil and gas to Europe and Israel, promoting a moderate form of Islam, and hosting "lavish international events".During Aliyev's presidency, news have surfaced of various human rights violations in Azerbaijan, which included torture, arbitrary arrests, as well as harassment of journalists and non-governmental organizations. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict continued sporadically during Aliyev's presidency, culminating into a full-scale war in 2020, which ended with a ceasefire agreement, by which most of the territory lost during the First Nagorno-Karabakh war were returned to Azerbaijan.

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4. Nadezhda Alliluyeva (1901 - 1932)

With an HPI of 72.98, Nadezhda Alliluyeva is the 4th most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Nadezhda Sergeevna Alliluyeva (Russian: Надежда Сергеевна Аллилуева; 22 September [O.S. 9 September] 1901 – 9 November 1932) was the second wife of Joseph Stalin. Born in Baku to a revolutionary and friend of Stalin, she was raised in Saint Petersburg. Having known Stalin from a young age, the two married when she was 18, and they had two children. Alliluyeva worked as a secretary for Bolshevik leaders, including both Vladimir Lenin and Stalin, before enrolling at the Industrial Academy in Moscow to study synthetic fibres and become an engineer. Alliluyeva had several health issues, which combined with her interest in pursuing an independent, professional career led to frequent arguments with Stalin, who wanted his wife to maintain a domestic role. On several occasions, Alliluyeva contemplated leaving Stalin, and after an argument shot herself the night of 9 November 1932.

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5. Abulfaz Elchibey (1938 - 2000)

With an HPI of 71.57, Abulfaz Elchibey is the 5th most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Abulfaz Elchibey (Azerbaijani: Əbülfəz Elçibəy / Әбүлфәз Елчибәј; 24 June 1938 in Nakhchivan – 22 August 2000 in Ankara) was an Azerbaijani political figure and a former Soviet dissident. His real name was Abulfaz Gadirgulu oglu Aliyev (Azerbaijani: Əbülfəz Qədirqulu oğlu Əliyev / Әбүлфәз Гәдиргулу оғлу Әлијев), but he assumed the nickname of "Elçibəy" (Azerbaijani for the "noble messenger") upon his leadership of the Azerbaijani Popular Front in 1990. Elchibey was the president of Azerbaijan, serving from 16 June 1992 until his overthrow in a coup d'état in June 1993. He positioned himself as an overt pan-Turkist.

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6. Serzh Sargsyan (1954 - )

With an HPI of 70.52, Serzh Sargsyan is the 6th most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 75 different languages.

Serzh Azati Sargsyan (Armenian: Սերժ Ազատի Սարգսյան, pronounced [sɛɾʒ sɑɾɡəsˈjɑn]; born 30 June 1954) is an Armenian politician who served twice as the Prime Minister of Armenia and was the third President of Armenia, from 2008 to 2018. He won the February 2008 presidential election with the backing of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, a party in which he serves as chairman, and took office in April 2008. On 18 February 2013, he was re-elected as president and served the entire term. Despite pledging in 2014 not to become Prime Minister again while supporting an amendment of the constitution in 2015 that would allow it, Sargsyan was again elected Prime Minister of Armenia in April 2018, in what opposition figures described as a "power grab". Six days after taking office, Sargsyan resigned after large-scale protests. Sargsyan is currently the leader of the Republican Party, which from 1995 to 2018 held a majority in Armenia's National Assembly.

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7. Ayaz Mutallibov (1938 - )

With an HPI of 70.14, Ayaz Mutallibov is the 7th most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Ayaz Niyazi oglu Mutallibov (Azerbaijani: Ayaz Niyazi oğlu Mütəllibov / Ајаз Нијази оғлу Мүтәллибов; Russian: Аяз Ниязович Муталибов, romanized: Ayaz Niyazovich Mutalibov, born 12 May 1938) is an Azerbaijani politician who served as the first president of Azerbaijan. He was the last leader of Soviet Azerbaijan, and the first President of independent Azerbaijan from August 1991 until May 1992.

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8. Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh (1884 - 1955)

With an HPI of 70.08, Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh is the 8th most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Mammad Amin Akhund Haji Mulla Alakbar oglu Rasulzade (Azerbaijani: Məmməd Əmin Rəsulzadə, Azerbaijani pronunciation: [mæˈmæd æˈmin ɾæsulzɑːˈdæ]), (Turkish: Mehmet Emin Resulzade 13 March 1884 – 6 March 1955) was an Azerbaijani statesman, scholar, public figure and the head of the Azerbaijani National Council. His expression "Bir kərə yüksələn bayraq, bir daha enməz!" ("The flag once raised will never fall!") became the motto of the independence movement in Azerbaijan in the early 20th century.

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9. Artur Rasizade (1935 - )

With an HPI of 69.84, Artur Rasizade is the 9th most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Artur Tahir oglu Rasizade (Azerbaijani: Artur Tahir oğlu Rasizadə; born 26 February 1935) is an Azerbaijani politician who served as the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan from 1996 until 2003, and again from 2003 until 2018. Rasizade was a long-time Communist Party member during the Azerbaijan SSR period.

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10. Garegin Nzhdeh (1886 - 1955)

With an HPI of 68.18, Garegin Nzhdeh is the 10th most famous Azerbaijani Politician.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Garegin Ter-Harutyunyan (Armenian: Գարեգին Տէր Յարութիւնեան) better known by his nom de guerre Garegin Nzhdeh (Armenian: Գարեգին Նժդեհ, IPA: [ɡɑɾɛˈɡin nəʒˈdɛh]; 1 January 1886 – 21 December 1955), was an Armenian statesman and military strategist. As a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, he was involved in the national liberation struggle and revolutionary activities during the First Balkan War and World War I and became one of the key political and military leaders of the First Republic of Armenia (1918–1921). He is widely admired as a charismatic national hero by Armenians.In 1921, he was a key figure in the establishment of the Republic of Mountainous Armenia, an anti-Bolshevik state that became a key factor that led to the inclusion of the province of Syunik into Soviet Armenia. During World War II, he assisted the Armenian Legion of the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of Nazi Germany, in war against USSR, hoping that if Germany succeeded in conquering the USSR, they would grant Armenia independence.

Pantheon has 28 people classified as politicians born between 1250 and 1972. Of these 28, 15 (53.57%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include Ilham Aliyev, Serzh Sargsyan, and Ayaz Mutallibov. The most famous deceased politicians include Heydar Aliyev, Arghun, and Nadezhda Alliluyeva. As of October 2020, 7 new politicians have been added to Pantheon including Mir Jafar Baghirov, Ali Asadov, and Nikolai Baibakov.

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