Sagid Murtazaliev

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Sagid Murtazaliev
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 97 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Ankara 97 kg

Sagid Magomedovich Murtazaliev (Russian: Сагид Магомедович Муртазалиев; Avar: СагIид МагIамедович МуртазгIалиев; born 11 March 1974 in Makhachkala, Dagestan) is Russian of Avar descent wrestler, two time World champion, Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.


Murtazaliev represented Ukraine at the 1996 Summer Olympics and competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney for Russia where he received a gold medal in Freestyle wrestling, the heavyweight class.[1]


In 2001, a bomb was found near Murtazaliev's home in Kizlyar.[2] A charitable foundation is named after Sagid Murtazaliev.[3] On April 12, 2010, Murtazaliev, who had been the head of Kizlyarsky District, became the head of the Dagestan branch of the Russian pension fund.[4][5] Murtazaliev was a United Russia party deputy to the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Dagestan.[6][7] In 2015, the prosecution office opened a criminal case against Murtazaliev on financing terrorism as well as suspected him in relation to a number of murders. Murtazaliev left Russia and is currently wanted by the prosecution.[8]

Olympic protest[edit]

Murtazaliev returned his Olympic gold in protest of the IOC's decision to eliminate wrestling.[9]


  1. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – Wrestling" Archived 2008-09-07 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved on September 9, 2008)
  2. ^ "Nail Bomb Discovered" (pdf). Archives. The Russia Journal. February 10, 2001. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "A charitable foundation of the Olympic champion from Dagestan Sagid Murtazaliev plans to develop sports in Kizlyarski district of Dagestan". Sports. Ria Dagestan. July 24, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Troshina, Albina (April 13, 2010). "Sagid Murtazaliev is the new head of Branch of the Pension fund of Russia in Dagestan". Politics. Ria Dagestan. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Scandalous replacement of head of Pension Fund in Dagestan". Week in the Caucasus: review of main events of April 19–25. Caucasian Knot. April 26, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Speaker of the Dagestan Parliament hands in cards to deputies". Politics. Ria Dagestan. April 18, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Сагид Муртазалиев: "Нужно вникать в проблемы людей…"". Новости. Moi Dagestan. March 4, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ Горошков, Павел; Васильева, Марина (7 July 2017). "Тесть экс-главы дагестанского ПФР Муртазалиева, обвиняемого в убийствах, свел счеты с жизнью" (in Russian). Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  9. ^ Russian wrestler to return his Olympic gold