Imam Mustafayev
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Imam Mustafayev
Imam Mustafayev
First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party

16 February 1954 - 8 July 1959
Personal details
Born(1910-02-25)25 February 1910
Qakh, Zakatali Okrug, Russian Empire
Died10 March 1997(1997-03-10) (aged 87)
Baku, Azerbaijan
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union (since 1940)

Imam Dashdemir oglu Mustafayev (Azerbaijani: Imam Da?d?mir o?lu Mustafayev; 25 February 1910 – 10 March 1997) was an Azerbaijani politician and First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party of the Azerbaijan SSR. Son of a poor peasant, he was born in a village of the Qakh region in Azerbaijan.

In 1928 he graduated from the Zaqatala Agricultural Technical School and in 1932 - the Institute of Agriculture of Azerbaijan (now Azerbaijan State Economic University). Since then he has conducted scientific research works. Mustafayev has been awarded with the Order of Labor Glory Red Banner and the Order of the Badge of Honor.[1]

Political career

In 1940, he joined the Azerbaijan Communist Party and received many important encharges. In 1954, he was elected the First Secretary of Azerbaijan Communist Party. In 1956 together with the then chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan SSR, Mirza Ibrahimov, he was able to introduce a new paragraph to the constitution of the Azerbaijan SSR that for the first time since the Soviet invasion declared Azerbaijani language the official language of the Azerbaijan SSR.[2] As a result of this step which was not agreed upon with Moscow (out of fears of it getting refused) Azerbaijani acquired increasingly an important status in the entire country. This was the main reason behind his premature removal from power.[1] Mustafayev was implicitly accused of nationalism, and on 12 June 1959 he was fired for "not being able to cope with his work" and was expelled from membership of the bureau of the Azerbaijan Communist Party Central Committee.[2] After being removed from that office, he worked as the Director of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Directory of biographies. Imam Mustafayev". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "Qay?d... Dilimiz nec? dövl?t dili oldu?" [Return... How did our language become a state language?]. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 2009-06-25. Retrieved .
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mir Teymur Yaqubov
First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party
Succeeded by
Vali Akhundov

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