President of AzerbaijanDied when: 80 years 216 days (967 months)
Star Sign: Taurus
Heydar Alirza Oglu Aliyev (Azerbaijani: Heydər Əlirza oğlu Əliyev, IPA: [hejˈdæɾ æliɾˈzɑ oɣˈlu æˈlijef];
Russian: Гейда́р Али́евич Али́ев, romanized: Geydar Aliyevich Aliyev, IPA: [ɡʲɪjˈdar ɐˈlʲijɪvʲɪtɕ ɐˈlʲijɪf]; 10 May, 1923 – 12 December, 2003) was an Azerbaijani politician who served as the third President of Azerbaijan from October 1993 to October 2003.
As the national president, he held constitutional powers, but his influence on Azerbaijani politics had begun years earlier.As a young man, he had joined the Azerbaijan SSR People's Commissariat for State Security (NKGB) and quickly rose to the rank of Major-General.
Aliyev's regime in Azerbaijan has been described as dictatorial, authoritarian, and repressive.He ran a heavy-handed police state where elections were rigged and dissent was repressed.