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Heydar Aliyev
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World Leader
    (May 10, 1923-December 12, 2003)
    Born in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
    First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party (1969–1982)
    President of Azerbaijan (June 24, 1993-October 31, 2003)
    Survived a coup attempt (March 13, 1995)
    Succeeded by his son Ilham Aliyev
    Died in Cleveland, Ohio, United States
    The 'Ali' in his surname is pronounced as a girl's name in the Azeri language.
    He was the head of the Azerbaijani branch of KGB.
    His early life was shrouded in mystery.
    He falsely claimed that he graduated from Baku State University with a degree in history (1957).
    He constantly flattered Leonid Brezhnev by sending him gifts.
    He developed ties with the Azeri mafia.
    He ran one of the most corrupt kleptocracies in the former Soviet Union.
    He discouraged political dissent in Azerbaijan.
    He failed to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh War, which caused the loss of 16% of Azerbaijan’s territory, around 30,000 deaths, and the displacement of around 600,000 ethnic Azeris.
    As first secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party, he disguised a drive to purge his opponents with an anti-corruption campaign.
    He gained power by coup.
    His presidency was marked by economic growth in Azerbaijan.
    He closed all the casinos in his country because of his son Ilham Aliyev’s playboy image.
    As leader of the Azerbaijan SSR, he had made some progress on fighting corruption in Azerbaijan.

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