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.

Olympics[edit]

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]

Politics[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – Wrestling" Archived 2008-09-07 at the Wayback Machine. databaseOlympics.com (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). dp.ru. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  9. ^ Russian wrestler to return his Olympic gold