Isgandar Hamidov

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İsgender Hamidov (Azerbaijani: İsgəndər Məcid oğlu Həmidov)[1] (also transliterated as Iskender Majid oglu Hamidov[2] or Iskander Medjid oglu Hamidov[3]) (born April 10, 1948 in Bağlıpəyə village, Kalbajar rayon[3]) is a former Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan who served in the Popular Front government of 1992-1993.[4]

As a chairman of Azerbaijan National Democrat Party, informally known as the Grey Wolves, Hamidov pleaded for the creation of a Greater Turkey[5] which would include northern Iran and extend itself to Siberia, India and China. He was known to have threatened Armenia with a nuclear strike,[5][6] although Azerbaijan was not in possession of any nuclear weapons.

Isgandar Hamidov resigned in April 1993. In 1995, he was arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison for embezzlement of state funds [4] but was essentially treated as a political prisoner by the Amnesty International[7] and the Council of Europe.[8] He was pardoned by the decree of President Ilham Aliyev in 2004.


  1. ^ (in Azerbaijani) Daxili İşlər Nazirliyi : DİN-in tarixi
  2. ^ Historic background of the MIA Archived 2006-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Eldar Zeynalov (December 28, 1996). "The Case of Iskander Hamidov: A mirror of human rights violations in Azerbaijan". Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan (HRCA). Archived from the original on September 2, 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-16.
  4. ^ a b Fariz Ismailzade (January 14, 2004). "Iskandar Hamidov is free. What is next for him?". Central Asia and Caucasus Analyst. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-16.
  5. ^ a b Martin A. Lee (March 1997). "Les liaisons dangereuses de la police turque". Le Monde diplomatique (in French): 9. Ce dernier choisit comme ministre de l’intérieur M. Iskender Gamidov, un extrémiste incontrôlable affichant son appartenance aux Loups gris et plaidant ouvertement pour la création d’une Grande Turquie qui comprendrait le nord de l’Iran et s’étendrait jusqu’à la Sibérie, l’Inde et la Chine. Il fut forcé de démissionner en avril 1993 après avoir menacé l’Arménie d’une attaque nucléaire.
  6. ^ Dawisha, Karen and Bruce Parrott, Conflict, cleavage, and change in Central Asia and the Caucasus, (Cambridge University Press, 1997), 136.
  7. ^ Amnesty International. "Political prisoners in Azerbaijan and Armenia", 20 January 2002 Archived 3 October 2003 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Amnesty International. "Concerns in Europe and Central Asia", July–December 2003 Archived 2006-03-26 at the Wayback Machine