Mir Jafar Baghirov

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Mir Jafar Baghirov
Mir Jafar Baghirov.jpg
First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party
In office
Personal details
Born (1896-09-17)September 17, 1896
Quba, Baku Governorate
Died May 7, 1956(1956-05-07) (aged 59)
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union (from 1918)
Children Jahangir Baghirov, Jen Baghirov[1]
Occupation teacher
Religion None (Atheist)

Mir Jafar Baghirov Abbas oglu (Azerbaijani: Mir Cəfər Bağırov Abbas oğlu; 17 September 1896, Quba – 7 May 1956, Baku) was the communist leader of Azerbaijan SSR from 1932 till 1953, under the Soviet leadership of Joseph Stalin.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Quba of Baku Governorate in 1896, Baghirov studied pedagogy in Petrovsk. During 1915-1917, M J. Baghirov worked as a school teacher in a village in Khudat.[3] During 1918 - 1921, he participated in the October Revolution and Russian Civil War in ranks of a commander of regiment, military commissar of Azerbaijani division, advisor of the Caucasus corps of the Russian military command, and the head of revolutionary tribunal of Azerbaijani division. After Soviet take over of Azerbaijan, Baghirov was appointed the Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. It was reported that Baghirov worked also for the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic's police. In 1927 through 1929, he served as the director of Department for Water Distribution of Transcaucasia. From February 1921 to May 1927 and December 1929 to August 1930, Baghirov was the head of state security services.

First Secretary of Communist Party[edit]

Baghirov on Caucasian Party caucus, 1935. Left to right: Makharadze, Baghirov, Beria.

In 1932, M. J. Baghirov became the People's Commissar of Azerbaijan SSR and from 1933 till 1953 he was the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Azerbaijan Communist Party. In 1953, the bureau of the Central Committee of Azerbaijani Communist party appointed M.J. Baghirov to head the Council of Ministers of Azerbaijan SSR. After Stalin's death M.J. Baghirov was accused of waging repression, arrested in 1954, tried and sentenced to death by the Military Tribunal of Soviet Union. In his final 17-minute speech before the court, he favored the sentence and refused to apply for any pardon. Baghirov was executed in 1956.[3][4] According to some sources he was expelled to Siberia where later died[citation needed].

M.J. Baghirov is a controversial figure in Azerbaijani history. By 1940 an estimated 70,000 Azeris had died as a result of purges carried out under Baghirov.[5] The intelligentsia was decimated, broken, and eliminated as a social force and the old guard Communist elite was destroyed. However, Baghirov was also successful in resisting the Armenian demands to cede Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast of Azerbaijan SSR to Armenian SSR.[6]

He was credited for treating his junior son as an ordinary Soviet citizen. Baghirov sent his son, Vladimir (Jahangir) Baghirov, military pilot, to the Soviet Army to fight against Nazi Germany, where Vladimir was killed in the battle in June 1943 deliberately flying his plane into a German plane.[7]


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ruben Rubenov
First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party
Succeeded by
Mir Teymur Yaqubov