Akhsarbek Galazov

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Akhsarbek Khadzhimurzayevich Galazov
Ахсарбе́к Хаджимурза́евич Гала́зов
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Akhsarbek Galazov, 2010
1st Head of North Ossetia–Alania
In office
21 January 1994 – 30 January 1998
Succeeded byAlexander Dzasokhov
Personal details
Born(1929-10-15)15 October 1929
Khumalag, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Died10 April 2013(2013-04-10) (aged 83)
Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia–Alania, Russia
Political partyCPSU

Akhsarbek Khadzhimurzayevich Galazov (Russian: Ахсарбе́к Хаджимурза́евич Гала́зов; Ossetian: Галазты Хадзымырзайы фырт Æхсарбег; October 15, 1929 – April 10 2013) was an Ossetian scientist and politician.[1][2] Galazov was born in Pravoberezhny District, at the time part of the Soviet Union. He served as president of the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania (Russia) from 1994 until 1998.[1][2] In 1938 his father Hadzhimurza Ilyasovich was illegally detained by the Soviet government and several years later died in prison.

Education and Employment[edit]

In 1952, he graduated from the State Pedagogical Institute of North Ossetia. From 1952-1958 he worked as a teacher of Russian language and literature and was director of studies at Humalagskoy Secondary School. From 1958 to 1959 he was superintendent of schools of the Ministry of Education of the Soviet Socialist Republic of North Ossetia. From 1959-1960 he served as Director of the Institute of Teachers.

From 1961 to 1975 he was Minister of Education of North Ossetia.

From 1976 to 1990 he was Rector of North Ossetian State University.

From 1990-1991 he was a member of the Central Committee of the CPSU. Elected deputy of the RSFSR.

Political Activity[edit]

During the armed conflict in South Ossetia following the collapse of the Soviet Union, he authorized the delivery of humanitarian aid, and negotiated for the peaceful settlement of the situation in South Ossetia. He opposed the liberation of North Ossetia from Russia, but at the same time affirmed the possibility of its association with South Ossetia and the consequential creation of a new state, Alania.

In November 1993, he was nominated for the Federation Council. In the elections he ran as an independent candidate. The turnout was 61.26% of registered voters. Galázov won with 53.54% of the vote.

In January 1994, he was elected the first president of the Republic of North Ossetia and held the position until 1998.

He was married and had two sons and a daughter. One of his sons, Aslan Galázov is an award-winning filmmaker, and his daughter, Zalina Galázov, is a lawyer who works in the United States.


  1. ^ a b based on RIA Novosti report (10 April 2013). "North Ossetia's first president dies". Vestnik Kavkaza. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Galazov, Akhsarbek Hadjimurzaevich". Caucasian Knot. April 9, 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.