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Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov
Birth: Feb. 18, 1940
Death: Dec. 21, 2006

President of Turkmenistan. Originally a Soviet apparatchik, he initially came to power in 1985 as the First Secretary of the Turkmen Communist Party. After becoming President of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic in October 1990, he subsequently lead the country to its October 1991 independence and was then elected as the first President of the new independent Turkmenistan in 1992. Niyazov assumed the title of "Turkmenbashi [Head of the Turkmen] the Great" and erected thousands of portraits and statues of himself throughout the country, including a gold leaf statue in Ashgabat that rotated to face the sun. He also named the month of January after himself, as well as a sea port and several towns and villages. Generally recognized as one of the world's most authoritarian and repressive dictators, he often imposed his personal eccentricities upon his country. Under his rule, Turkmenistan had a strict policy of neutrality and declined joining regional security or economic organizations that arose in the wake of the Soviet Union collapse. (bio by: Fred Beisser) 
Niyazov Family Mausoleum
Ahal, Turkmenistan
Plot: Mosque of Spirituality
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Dec 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17105034
Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov
Added by: Fred Beisser
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