Imam Mustafayev

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Imam Mustafayev
First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party
In office
February 16, 1954 – July 8, 1959
Personal details
Born (1910-02-25)February 25, 1910
Qakh, Zakatali Okrug, Russian Empire
Died March 10, 1997(1997-03-10) (aged 87)
Baku, Azerbaijan
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union (since 1940)

Imam Dashdemir oglu Mustafayev (Azerbaijani: Imam Daşdəmir oğlu Mustafayev; February 25, 1910 – March 10, 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 June 12, 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]


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Mir Teymur Yaqubov
First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party
Succeeded by
Vali Akhundov