May 6, 2013

Ceremonial evening dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Azerbaijani people’s national leader Heydar Aliyev in Moscow

A ceremonial evening took place, May 6, in the Hall of Columns of the House of Union in Moscow, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of great state figure, Azerbaijani people’s national leader Heydar Aliyev.


Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the evening.


Leyla Aliyeva addressed the evening.


Address by Leyla Aliyeva:


- Esteemed Guests!


Dear Friends!

On May 10, 90 years will have passed since the birth of Heydar Aliyev – a person whose greatness and might is perceived more and more as time passes, and who will live in our memories eternally. These 10 years that we have lived without Heydar Aliyev have shown that destinies of the national Leader and Azerbaijan have been closely tied eternally, and united. Flourishing, independent and strong contemporary Azerbaijan means that he continues to live. Heydar Aliyev has lived a life full of sudden changes and resolute calls, amazing everyone. The matchless and grand track that he has left on the Earth has turned his name into a world treasure. By his efforts, our country has gained a true independence, and was freed from being destroyed. Heydar Aliyev has created an Azerbaijan which is today amazing the whole world by its economic, political and cultural achievements. He has taken our country onto the world’s political arena, and due to his influence, Azerbaijan’s voice was heard from the highest platforms. For him, the welfare of his country and people has always been the priority issue, and he has spent the whole of his life to this principle.

Heydar Aliyev had been very closely tied with Russia. For long years, he had held leading positions in the government of the biggest country of the world, and after Azerbaijan regained its independence, paid much attention to the development of relations between our countries. He had highly appreciated relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin relying on friendship and trust, and great Russian language and Russian culture have always been dear to him. The friendly and kind neighbourhood relations between our countries we are enjoying today are the result of the principles, of which foundation had been laid by Heydar Aliyev.

Dear Friends, I can talk about Heydar Aliyev for hours. One can talk about him endlessly. He was an unusual man. In him, greatness of a state person and simplicity had been in accord with each other in an unusual way. Such best traits as wisdom, frankness, courage and resoluteness were inherent in his character. At hard times both in the country’s destiny and his personal life, he could preserve his sincere and kind senses, his benevolence and nobility. Nevertheless, he never compromised his principles, never abstained from open struggle, and always won. I had known Heydar Aliyev not only as the head of the country and leader of the people, but also my most beloved, dearest and closest person. For me, he had been, first of all, a grandfather and closest friend who would help me out in any situation. Of course, I very much miss him today, but, at the same time, I always feel him beside me, and I am always sensing his strength, protection and love. I think the people of Azerbaijan too feels this and reacts him by mutual love and great esteem. The Heydar Aliyev epoch has been a whole period in the Azerbaijani history, and this period has not ended by his passing away. Today, he could be proud of the country’s development. After all, the primary objective of this great political figure and a true leader of the nation was to see his people happy. This is what my grandfather – great political figure Heydar Aliyev – had mostly dreamed of in life. 

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