Agha Ashurov

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Agha Ashurov
Ağa Aşurov
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Minister of Postal Service and Telegraph of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR)
In office
October 6, 1918 – December 26, 1918
President Fatali Khan Khoyski Prime Minister, (Chairman of Azerbaijani Parliament)
Preceded by office established
Succeeded by Aslan bey Safikurdski
Minister of Industry and Trade of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR)
In office
June 17, 1918 – December 26, 1918
Preceded by office established
Succeeded by Mirza Asadullayev
Personal details
Born 1880 (1880)
Baku, Baku Governorate
Died 1936 (1937) (aged 56)
Rostov, Russia
Religion Islam

Agha Ashurov Haji Aslan oglu (Azerbaijani: Ağa Aşurov Hacı Aslan oğlu; 1880 – 1936) was an Azerbaijani statesman who served as Minister of Industry and Trade and Minister of Postal Service and Telegraph of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, and was member of Parliament of Azerbaijan.

Early years[edit]

Ashurov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, then part of Baku Governorate of Russian Empire. He graduated from Baku Gymnasium and from an Engineering Technology Department of a university in Germany. Upon his return to Baku, he worked at the Baku Municipality Office. In 1908, he led a project for construction of a new Baku Power Station and participated in construction of Shollar water channel to Baku from Khachmaz. Ashurov also was a member of board of director of Nəşri-maarif publishing house.[1]

Political career[edit]

In early 1900s, Ashurov was elected member to Baku City Duma and Executive Committee of Muslim National Council, frequently attending Baku Congresses of Caucasian Muslims. At the time of massacres of Azerbaijanis by Armenians and Bolsheviks in March 1918, Ashurov was a member of Muslim Representatives Committee, negotiating during peace talks with Revolutionary Defense Committee, Armenian National Council and Iranian Consul to Azerbaijan Habibullah khan.[1]

After establishment of Azerbaijani Democratic Republic, Ashurov became a member of Musavat and member of Parliament of Azerbaijan.[2] He was appointed Minister of Industry and Trade in the second cabinet of ADR on June 17, 1918.[3] After administrative reforms within the Cabinet of Azerbaijan on October 6, 1918, the Ministry of Transportation (Railway Communications), Postal Service and Telegraph was divided into Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Postal Service and Telegraph. Khudadat bey Malik-Aslanov remained as Minister of Transportation (Railway Communications) while Ashurov was appointed Minister of Postal Service and Telegraph.[4][1][5] He was replaced by Aslan bey Safikurdski on December 26, 1918 when the new third cabinet was established.[4]

During invasion of Red Army, he was the only member of government who voted against surrendering to the Bolsheviks.[1][6] Therefore, a warrant for his arrest was issued by Bolshevik, but Ashurov was able to escape. Unable to pass to Turkey, Ashurov stayed in Azerbaijan.[1]

He died in Rostov in 1936.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biography Bank. Ağa Aşurov". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Azərbaycan Parlamentinin Tərkibi" [Azerbaijani Parliament composition]. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  4. ^ a b "AZƏRBAYCAN XALQ CÜMHURİYYƏTİ DÖVRÜNDƏ RABİTƏ" [Communications in Azerbaijan Democratic Republic]. Rabita Dunyasi. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  5. ^ "Şərqin ilk demokratik respublikası" [The first democratic republic in the East]. AzTelecom. 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  6. ^ igar Afandiyeva Maxwell (Autumn 1999). "Last Parliament Session. Before the Bolsheviks Came-1920". 7 (3). Azerbaijan International. pp. 20–21. Retrieved 2011-11-02.