Spring 1998 (6.1)
Republic of Azerbaijan Leaders
- Prime Minister
by Fuad Akhundov
Nasib Yusifbeyli was born in 1881 in
Ganja into a family of the intelligentsia. After graduating from
the Classic High School in Ganja, he continued his education
at the Odessa University (Russia) in 1902, enrolling in classes
at the Faculty of Law.
Yusifbeyli began his political activities at the University in
Odessa which grew into a center of dissident ideas during the
Russian Revolution (1905) causing it to closed by officials in
1907. As a result, Yusifbeyli moved to the Crimea where he started
publishing articles in the mass media and got involved in theatrical
societies. Due to persecution, he was forced to seek refuge in
Turkey in 1908-1909.
With the February 1917 Revolution in Russia, Yusifbeyli became
one of the most active members of the Musavat Azerbaijani National
Party, setting forth demands for national independence and autonomy
During the short period of the Transcaucasian Federation he held
the post of Minister for Education of the Republic of Transcaucasia
in April 1918. He further continued his activities in the field
of education in the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic declared
on May 28, 1918.
With the resignation of the Third Cabinet of Ministers led by
Khoyski in April 1919, Yusifbeyli became the Prime Minister of
the Azerbaijan Republic until April 1, 1920. He invited professor
Razumovsky from Tiflis (Georgia), and helped create the foundation
for the Azerbaijan State University in Baku in 1919 (the first
of its kind in the Moslem world). His cabinet also sponsored
100 Azerbaijani students for education in various European Countries.
So education always was one of the highest priorities for this
famous public figure.
With the fall of the first Azerbaijan Republic, Yusifbeyli left
Baku and was murdered by bandits in one of the districts in May
From Azerbaijan International (6.1) Spring 1998.
© Azerbaijan International 1998. All rights reserved.
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