Alexander Dzasokhov

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Aleksandr Dzasokhov
Dzasokhov (center) with Vladimir Putin and Ruslan Aushev, 2000
2nd Head of North Ossetia–Alania
In office
30 January 1998 – 7 June 2005
Preceded by Akhsarbek Galazov
Succeeded by Taymuraz Mamsurov
Personal details
Born (1934-04-03) April 3, 1934 (age 88)
Vladikavkaz, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Ossetic
Political party CPSU
Spouse(s) Fariz Bahtangireevna Dzasokhova
Children Sergei
Profession Railman
Religion Russian Orthodox

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Dzasokhov (Russian: Александр Серге́евич Дзасохов; Ossetian: Дзасохты Сергейы фырт Алыксандр) is the former head of the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania.

He was born April 3, 1934 in Vladikavkaz, graduated in 1957 from the North Caucasus Mining Metallurgical Institute and holds a doctorate in politics. From 1992 - 1993, he was a people's deputy of Russian Federation and from 1993–1995, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. On January 18, 1998, elected president of North Ossetia with 76% of the vote and was re-elected on January 27, 2002, with 56,02% of the vote.

He voluntarily quit his post on May 31, 2005 and was succeeded by Taimuraz Mamsurov. He is currently a Representative of the Republic of North Ossetia in the Federation Republic.

On January 13, 2006 he testified at the trial of Nur-Pashi Kulayev, the lone surviving terrorist from School No. 1 in Beslan. Two buses full of victims arrived in Vladikavkaz on that day to see his long-awaited court appearance. Although many victims consider Dzasokhov among of those guilty for the Beslan school hostage crisis on September 1-September 3, 2004, the situational investigation carried out by the Prosecutor General's Office determined that no officials were to blame for the deaths, so he could testify without fear of legal ramifications for himself.[1]

Dzasokhov is a Doctor of Political Science, Ph.D., author of several books and numerous articles. He speaks several foreign languages. Member of Russian Academy of Arts. In 1973 he defended his thesis "The processes of formation of the newly independent states" (a part-time graduate of the Central Committee Academy of Social Sciences).

Honours and awards


  1. Dzasokhov Testifies in Beslan Case, Kommerskant, Russian Daily Online, January 13, 2006