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Alexander Dzasokhov

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Alexander Dzasokhov

Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO

Alexander Dzasokhov is a prominent statesman and political personality. He was born in 1934 in Vladikavkaz to the family of a railroad worker.

Dzasokhov studied engineering, and after his schooling began working for the state. During the Soviet era he was a member of the Politburo and a Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, and member of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet. He was Soviet Ambassador to Syria in 1986-1988, when the two countries had very active economic, political and cultural relations.

In the post-Soviet period, Dzasokhov has served multiple times as a State Duma Deputy and member of the Federation Council. In 1998-2005, he was President of North Ossetia-Alania. Currently, he is a member of the Federation Council, chairman of the Federation Council’s Commission on Cultural Affairs, and Deputy Chairman of the Council’s Commission on UNESCO Affairs.

Alexander Dzasokhov has authored a number of books and other publications. He has many awards for his contributions to the state. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II recognized him for his contributions to the revitalization of Orthodoxy in the North Caucasus.