Hazret Sovmen

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Hazret Medzhidovich Sovmen
Хазре́т Меджи́дович Совмен
Шъоумэн Хьазрэт Меджидэ ыкъор
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Hazret Sovmen (left) in a meeting with Vladimir Putin
2nd President of the Republic of Adygea
In office
8 February 2002 – 12 January 2007
Preceded by Aslan Dzharimov
Succeeded by Aslan Tkhakushinov
Personal details
Born (1937-05-01) May 1, 1937 (age 80)
Afipsip, Takhtamukaysky District, Adyghe AO, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Adyghe
Political party United Russia
Profession Businessman, Professor
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Hazret Medzhidovich Sovmen (Adyghe: Шъэумэн Хьазрэт [ʂawman ħaːzrat]; Russian: Хазре́т Меджи́дович Совмен; born May 1, 1937) was the second President of the Republic of Adygea, Russia, having succeeded Aslan Dzharimov at the post. Sovmen is a university professor from Maykop. Before becoming President, Hazret Sovmen had been a successful businessman (with links to Russian entrepreneurs in Siberia), having started off as a bulldozer driver in a gold mine in Chukotka.[1] He is the founder of Polyus Gold, Russia's leading gold-mining company.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sovmen was born in the aul of Afipsip in Takhtamukaysky District of Adyghe Autonomous Oblast in the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. He did his military service in the Black Sea Fleet and graduated from the Saint Petersburg Mining Institute. He started working at a gold mine in Chukota in 1961 and also worked on mines in the Krasnoyarsk Krai and Magadan Oblast. He became manager of the Polyus Mine in 1981. During his time as president, he was the only regional head without any spouse.

Political career[edit]

Sovmen was elected to the office of President on January 13, 2002 by direct suffrage. He was faced with the challenges of leading one of a Russia's poorest republics, officially declared bankrupt by the Government of Russia. Sovmen was involved in political activities with the Slavic people Union, Adygeya's principal opposition party. Russian president Vladimir Putin is believed to have supported Sovmen. In 1997, Russian President Yeltsin awarded him with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland 3rd class. On January 13, 2007 he was succeeded as Adygean President by Aslan Tkhakushinov.

He is a member of the United Russia party.


Preceded by
Aslan Dzharimov
President of the Republic of Adygea
8 February 2002 – 13 January 2007
Succeeded by
Aslan Tkhakushinov