Elmira Akhundova’s book 'Ilham Aliyev. Portrait of a President against the Backdrop of Change’ presented in Moscow
Today, Moscow hosts the official presentation of the recently published book of the deputy of Milli Majlis, a member of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan, Elmira Akhundova - ‘Ilham Aliyev. Portrait of a President against the Backdrop of Change" dedicated to the analysis of the history and results of a 55-year life and 13-year leadership of the country by the 4th Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
The presentation was attended by the rector of the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, an academician Viktor Sadovnichy, rector of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, an academician Anatoly Torkunov, the chairman of the Duma Committee on International Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, the first deputy director general of TASS, Mikhail Gusman, along with Elmira Akhundova herself.
Recall that the book is a logical continuation of six-volume work of Elmira Akhundova 'Heydar Aliyev: Personality and Epoch’. It shows how the successor of national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev came to power, what he achieved in the presidential office. Ilham Aliyev is shown as a man who earned the trust of his people and elites back in the 1990s, and proved himself the most loyal and trusted comrade of his father. The book emphasizes that the phenomenon of Ilham Aliyev did not appear out of nowhere, and the fact that he became a successor to Heydar Aliyev was not dictated by dynastic reasons, but by the need to preserve and increase the political and economic heritage of Azerbaijan,
The years of his presidency are presented not in the chronological, but in thematic order - by doing so, the author sums up the work of President Ilham Aliyev in various areas. In addition to the international activities (like the implementation of 'Southern Gas Corridor' project, promotion of multi-vector and balanced foreign policy of Azerbaijan, or the initiation of many major cultural and sports events), a considerable part of the book is dedicated to internal policy, less familiar to foreign readers. The author points out that Heydar Aliyev was a savior of Azerbaijan, and Ilham Aliyev is a builder of its present and future.