Said Gafurov

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Gafurov (Gafourov), Said Zakirovich (1967)—a Russian economist, orientalist and administrator. A Gorky Tatar (Mişär or Misher) by origin, gradiated in 1992 from the College of Asian and African studies at the Moscow State University, Candidate of Science (econ.), Counselor of the Russian Federation. Author of a number of monographs and articles. A son of Professor Gafurov Zakerya Shagizanovich–colonel, professional revolutionary, creator of theory of construction of revolutionary armies in developing countries and Gafurova (Khusainova) Anisa Sofovna–a professional artist, secretary of the Moscow union of artists. Married to Darya Mitina - a prominent Russian Communist leader, co-chairperson of the Left Front (Russia), 1-st Secretary of Russian Komsomol, former member of State Duma. Has 2 sons.

Governmental service[edit]

Gafurov held a position of Director of Department of State property of Finance, Credit, Insurance and Foreign Trade organizations of the Ministry of State Property of Russia as well as a Counsellor on Russian Interbudget relations in the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation.

Since 2011 Gafurov workes as a Deputy Chief Editor (responsible for economic issues)of the Russian monthly journal "VVP" ("Gross Domestic Product") - http://vvprf.ru/ - known for active support of Vladimir Putin.

Political economy and Theory of Property[edit]

Gafurov is an author of an empiric research monography "Essay on Experience of Comparative Analysis of Privatization and Formation of Corporate Securities Markets in Developing and Post-socialist Countries in 1991—1996" (Moscow State University. "Dialog", Moscow, 2000) and a few works on theory and practice of political economy of property.

Orientalism[edit]

Gafurov is an author of a short article on philosophical ideas of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, translated to some European, Arabic and African languages. The most interesting point is that Gafurov proves that ideas of Gaddafi are similar to those of anarchists. It was kind of a scandal during the war!

In addition, he is an author of a number of works on economy, privatization and development of economies, privatization and securities markets of the Arabic, Asiatic and African countries.

Gafurov also works on the problems of Islamic sects: ismailism, druzes, and alawisms. He, in particular, supposed that all distinctions between flows in Islam (sunnizm and different directions of shiizm) were actually taken to the questions of implementation of law, but not dogmatic or personal reasons, because in an order to be a Muslim it is necessary and enough to make public acceptance of credo of faith, consisting only of two propositions: (1) that there is only one god (taukhid) and (2) that Muhammed is one of his prophets.

He supposed that registration of separate flow is a problem of codification and creation of a separate, independent "mazkhab" a legal school and norms of laws, distinguishing this flow from other directions in Islam.

Gafurov defended memory of Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah - an assassinated Fatimid caliph who was later claimed insane by ismailities, Christians and sunnites and deified by the druzes as well as defence of Syrian and Turkish alawites.

Libya in 2011[edit]

In 2011 during the popular uprising in Libya Gafurov became one of the most prominent ideologists of pro-Gaddafi forces in Russia, though Gafurov himself pointed out that he did not take sides "Any barricade has only two sides. And if there are your enemies on both it simply means that this is not your barricade".

However, in practice Gafurov's articles defended Kaddasfi's side based on 1. Gafurov's thesis that the uprisal is a tribal reaction to Gaddafi's attempts to modernise Libya (http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=626165?flattr, http://www.vz.ru/opinions/2011/2/25/471579.html, http://community.livejournal.com/ru_politics/36396770.html, http://williambowles.info/2011/03/09/what-is-happening-in-libya-by-said-gafurov/, http://www.centrasia.ru/newsA.php?st=1299736680) 2. That the insurgents were led by former Minister of Justice in the Gaddafi's government . 3. Economic interests of Russian oil and gas sector (http://spb.kp.ru/daily/25657/820922/).

Gafourov's article that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was cheated by US vice-president Biden that promised to send US Minister of Defence Gates to Russias before implementation of the UN Revolution 1973 caused a main scandal in the Russian political circles and widely distributed especially when it was followed by public exchange of opinions between Russian President Medvedev and Prime-Minister Putin.

In addition Gafurov defended the Syrian government during the uprising in Deraa pointing that it was a struggle for arable land between druzes and bedouins (http://www.vz.ru/opinions/2011/3/23/478023.html).

Later activities[edit]

Since 2011 Gafurov has held the position of the Deputy Chief Editor (responsible for economic issues) of the "VVP" ("Gross Domestic Product") monthly journal, known for uncritical support of Putin's policy. Under his guidenance "VVP" has changed to be one of the most significant bastions of champions of neo-Keynesian and Marxist anti-neo-liberal economic policy in Russia regardless of pro-liberal policy of Putin's Administration.

Since 2011 Gafurov has actively supported Syian government in Russian media including Russian media in foreign languages. Gafurov has been a Deputy Chairman of the Russian Committee for Solidarity with peoples of Libya and Syria since its foundation.

Gafurov supported Cote d Ivoirite President Loraint Gbagbo against another Cote d Ivoirite President Allasaint Wattara - http://www.rus-obr.ru/ru-club/9425.

Gafurov disapproves NATO, neo-colonialism and neo-racism and is sharply critical against current EU policy in Africa.

Gafurov is one of known leaders of the Russian Social Forum movements.

Gafurov participated in writing of program documents of the Russian Movement in defence of Labour (which was sharply criticised for its position in support of Putin in his struggle against restoration of neo-liberalism).

Gafurov is a known Russian marxist thinker though his Marxist works are of little importance. He belongs to school of prominent Russian Marxist thinker Alexander Buzgalin, and prof. Buzgalin was a supervisor of his Ph.D. thesis. Nevertheless Gafurov's ideas are close to Marxist positivism and he moved far away from dialectical metaphisics of Buzgalin. Gafurov rejects concepts of Asiatic mode of production and State capitalism nature of the Soviet Union (based on analysis of role of credit relations in the USSR and State Capitalist countries). In practical politics he defends an awkward idea of reconciliation of Stalinist, Trotskist and Maoist tendencies based on a wrong idea that the differences have only historical significance. Anyhow nobody listens to Gafurov.

In February 2014 Gafurov declared 3 principles of Ukrainian settlement 1) Down with facsist self-proclaimed government in Kiev and its IMF-inspired economiс program! 2) No annexation of Crimea by Russia! 3) Federalisation of the Ukraine so that the Regions of the Ukraine have right for self-determination to choose between (a) euro-integation (b) free-trade zone with the Custom Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus (c) independence of both - EU and CU.

Because of his public statements (http://lj.rossia.org/users/szg_akt2/3946324.html) Gafurov is suspected to be one of the organisers of a secret channel to transfer refugees - mainly members of the Communist party of the Ukraine and other leftist organisations, who were persecited and tortured at Maidan and some other regions in the Ukraine to Russia.

Interesting facts[edit]

Gafurov is generally believed to be the prototype of the main hero of Darya Mitina sets of humoristic short stories - "The highest level of relations" and "Talks in bed". He is depicted as a simple-minded, naive henpecked husband who pretends to be ultra male chauvinistic and always get in funny situations because of it.

Gafurov is a frontman at Russian internet-TV weekly shows at www.pravda.ru : "Point of view: Orient", "Point of view: Economy", "Point of view: Behind the Ocean".

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