Ramazan Abdulatipov

Former Head of the Republic of Dagestan

Heydar Aliyev, you personify the talent and courage of a Caucasian person with your ability to always behave like a real man, regardless of the situation, position, and age.

You have many friends and students. I proudly consider myself one of them.

I congratulate the fraternal Azerbaijani people on the fact that the leadership of the republic in the difficult years of the formation of Azerbaijani statehood was given to the most worthy of the worthy sons of the Caucasus.

You will be praised a lot today. Even enemies cannot dare to speak otherwise. What is being said are facts that proficiently express your life. I am fortunate to see you not only at the peak of your fame but also at other stages. You have always acted like Heydar Aliyev. The long road is not always smooth. Your life has enriched the history of the Caucasus and Russia. This history is still being written.

Heydar Aliyev is a historical figure, the pride of the Caucasus, he was the pride of the Caucasus in Soviet times as well. Heydar Aliyev returned to the leadership of the republic at a very difficult time, but with his political wisdom and talent in the field of public administration, he was able to solve many issues. As a result, Azerbaijan has a great future. The head of state has already determined the main parameter and strategic line of the country’s development. Now is time to work using the great potential. Heydar Aliyev’s talent not only benefited Azerbaijan but also became the wealth of the entire Caucasus. This wealth should be used for the welfare of all.

It is very important to me that Heydar Aliyev was the leader of Azerbaijan during these difficult years. Because Azerbaijan is not only a neighbor of all Russia but also a close neighbor and brother of Dagestan. The peoples of Azerbaijan and Dagestan are very similar and very close peoples. There was even a time when, for example, during the period of Caucasian Albania, we lived in one state. It is a pity that the potential of Heydar Aliyev is not used to the full both for the entire Caucasus and for the entire region as a whole.

He is such a monumental person, his personality is so multifaceted and unique that today it is very difficult to understand and evaluate who is this genius person for Dagestan, for the Caucasus, for Russia. It seems that understanding and comprehending him will be possible in 50 years.

There are a number of problems and unresolved issues in our region. However, Heydar Aliyev’s coming to power put many issues in order. In any case, he stood above conflicts, accusations, and complaints. He is a man in the true sense of the word because he knows better than anyone that human life is more precious than political consequences. Thanks to his wisdom, bloodshed was prevented. He, as a wise person, believes that at some point everyone will understand this, and all problems will be solved fairly. Such a great leader is needed not only in Azerbaijan but also by the entire Caucasus and beyond it.