May 10, 2018

Opening of the Azerbaijan-Russia historical documentary exhibition “Heydar Aliyev: personality, mission and legacy” takes place at the Heydar Aliyev Centre

Opening of the Azerbaijan-Russia historical documentary exhibition “Heydar Aliyev: personality, mission and legacy” took place at the Heydar Aliyev Centre, May 10.  


Organized with support from the President’s Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation’s Presidential Administration and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the exhibition was attended by public and political figures and intelligentsia of Azerbaijan and Russia.


National leader Heydar Aliyev has played a crucial role in establishing friendly relations with Russia, and laying the foundations of a strategic partnership between the two countries. Therefore, the opening of the historical documentary exhibition “Heydar Aliyev: personality, mission and legacy”, dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the Azerbaijani people’s National Leader, is not accidental. At a ceremony held in this regard, Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov brought to attention that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has always supported projects aiming to strengthen the relations between Azerbaijan and Russia, underscoring the uniqueness of the exhibition.


Anar Alakbarov emphasized the works carried out in this direction by President Ilham Aliyev, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-president of the Foundation Leyla Aliyeva. Thanking the organizers of the exhibition, he noted that works by Russia’s cultural and art figures have been widely represented at exhibitions and events organized at the Heydar Aliyev Centre, which has been dealing with studying the National Leader’s legacy and conveying it to future generations.


Head of the Russian Federation President’s department for interregional and cultural relations with foreign countries Vladimir Chernov read the address by Russian Federation’s President Vladimir Putin to attendees of the event.


Political wisdom and foresight of the Azerbaijani people’s National Leader is mentioned in the address, emphasizing that Heydar Aliyev had enjoyed great influence not only among fellow citizen, but also throughout the world. It was noted that the National Leader considered development of mutual relations with Russia among the priority issues. “It is a very rejoicing fact that Ilham Aliyev has been worthily continuing this course”, - stated the address.


Address by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to attendees of the event was read by President’s assistant for public and political affairs Ali Hasanov.


It is stated in the address that Heydar Aliyev was a state and political figure enjoying great influence not only in the post-Soviet countries, but also throughout the world. The rich experience in state management and high level of organizational skills gained by him while being the chairperson of the State Security Committee, head of Azerbaijan SSR, then, first deputy chairperson of the USSR Cabinet of Ministers allowed him to lead independent Azerbaijan in a very difficult time, and rescue the country from a deep crisis and direct it towards the path of sustainable development. Heydar Aliyev has had a special role in strengthening the Azerbaijan-Russia relations that are characterized as being strategic in the contemporary phase. In the address, the head of the Azerbaijani state thanked the Russian side, which was the initiator of the project, as well as historians and archive specialists of both the countries, expressing confidence that the exhibition would contribute to strengthening of friendship between our peoples.


Deputy chairperson of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly’s Council of Federation Ilyas Umakhanov and deputy foreign affairs minister of the Russian Federation Grigori Karasin spoke at the event.


Then, opening of the exhibition took place.


The Azerbaijan-Russia historical-documentary exhibition “Heydar Aliyev: personality, mission and legacy” consists of six sections. Each section is dedicated to a certain phase of the National Leader’s life. Over 300 exhibits reflecting the National Leader’s life and activities – photos, documents and video materials – are demonstrated at the exhibition. National Leader’s political wisdom and foresight, his ability to solve the most difficult matters, great organizational skills gained him high respect both in his own country, and abroad. Ruling Azerbaijan in an extremely difficult historical period, Heydar Aliyev has done a great deal of work for the consolidation of the Azerbaijani society, becoming a true leader of the people. As one of the significant conditions for Azerbaijan’s successful development, Heydar Aliyev saw building friendly, kind neighbourhood relations with Russia, and strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation and constructive partnership between our countries. Our states have managed to preserve, during the years of independence, the traditions of kind neighbourhood and mutually beneficial cooperation formed by many generations before, advancing them further. This large-scale exhibition is the result of joint endeavours of historians, archive specialists and state representatives. The exhibition held in Baku displays many archival documents and photos allowing both to see the versatility of the Heydar Aliyev personality and, at the same time, touch his legacy. Inheritance of the political course founded by the National Leader is obviously seen in the catalogue made on the occasion of this significant event.