Shamil Gadzhialiyevich Lakhiyalov (Russian: Шамиль Гаджиалиевич Лахиялов; born October 28, 1979 in Makhachkala) is a Russian footballer of Avar ethnicity who last played for FC Krylia Sovetov Samara.
Banu Avar (born 18 July 1955, Eskisehir) is a Turkish author, journalist, news anchor, and political commentator. She started her career at the Turkish magazine Süreç in 1980, and has worked in newspapers such as Günaydin, Dünya, and Vatan.
Imam Shamil (Avar: Шейх Шамил; Turkish: Şeyh Şamil; Russian: Имам Шамиль; Arabic: الشيخ شامل) (pronounced "Shameel") also spelled Shamyl, Schamil, Schamyl or Shameel (26 June 1797 – 4 February 1871) was an Avar political and religious leader of the Muslim tribes of the Northern Caucasus. He was a leader of anti-Russian resistance in the Caucasian War and was the third Imam of the Caucasian Imamate (1834–1859).
Ali Antsukhskiy (died in 1996) was an Avar native of Zaqatala Rayon, member of National Assembly of Azerbaijan who claimed to be the leader of the Avar people. He was assassinated in the center of Baku in 1996.
Sultan-Ahmed Magomedsalihovich Ibragimov(Russian: Султан-Ахмед Магомедсалихович Ибрагимов ; born 8 March 1975) is a Russian former professional boxer who held the WBO world heavyweight title. He retired from the sport in 2009, following his only career defeat to Wladimir Klitschko, in an unsuccessful attempt to unify the WBO and IBF titles. Ibragimov is of Avar Dagestani descent.
Rasul Gamzatovich Gamzatov (Avar: ХӀамзатил Расул, Russian: Расу́л Гамза́тович Гамза́тов; 8 September 1923 – 3 November 2003) was probably the most famous poet writing in the Avar language. Among his poems was Zhuravli, which became a well-known Soviet song.
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Ilgar Mollachiev, better known as Emir Abdul Madzhid (Majid), was the militant leader of the Shariat Jamaat of the Caucasian Front in the Second Chechen War, in the volatile southern Russian republic of Dagestan. He was the deputy of Rappani Khalilov until Khalilov's death in September 2007. He was then appointed the new leader of the Shariat Jamaat by the orders of Dokka Umarov. His nationality was Tsakhur.
Hadji Murad (Russian: Хаджи-Мурат, Avar: XӀажи Мурад; late 1790s – April 23, N.S. May 5, 1852) was an important Avar leader during the resistance of the peoples of Dagestan and Chechnya in 1811–1864 against the incorporation of the region into the Russian Empire.
Gamzat-bek (Arabic: حمزة بك = Ḥamzah Bek, Avar: ХIамзат Бек, Chechen: Хьамзат Бек, Гамзат-бек in Russian), Hamza-Bek, Hamza Bek ibn Ali Iskandar Bek al-Hutsali (1789 — October 1(September 19), 1834) was the second imam of the Caucasian Imamate, who succeeded Ghazi Mollah upon his death in 1832.
Said Afandi al-Chirkawi (Avar: ЧӀикӀаса СагӀид афанди, Russian: Шейх Саид Афанди аль-Чиркави; 21 October 1937 - 28 August 2012) was a prominent scholar in Shafii mazhab and a spiritual master, or "Murshid Kamil". He was killed by a female suicide bomber on 28 August 2012.
Shapi Magomedovitch Kaziev (Russian: Шапи́ Магомедович Кази́ев; born March 27, 1956) is a Russian writer, playwright and script writer. He is the author of historical novels and other books.
Magomet Imadutinovich Gadzhiyev (Russian: Магомет Имадутдинович Гаджиев; 20 December 1907 - 13 June 1942) was a Soviet Navy submarine commander and Hero of the Soviet Union. He fought and died during World War II.
Rasul Makasharipov (Russian: Расул Макашарипов) (1972 – July 6, 2005), nicknamed Muslim and also known as Emir Rasul, was a Dagestani Islamist leader in southern Russia. He was the founder of the militant group Dzhennet and later created the rebel group Shariat Jamaat, which sought to unite Caucasian Muslims under Islamic rule and later became part of the Caucasian Front.
Abdusalam Mamatkhanovich Gadisov (born 26 March 1989 in Dagestan) is an Avar – Dagestani born-Russian freestyle wrestler. He competed in the freestyle 96 kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics; after defeating Taimuraz Tigiyev in the qualifications, he was eliminated by Reza Yazdani in the 1/8 finals. In 2014 he became World freestyle wrestling champion in 97 kg. In 2012 he became Russian national champion in final the match he defeated Olympic Champion and five time World Champion Khadzhimurat Gatsalov. He won Russian National Freestyle Wrestling Championships 2015 again.
Magomed "The Propeller" Magomedov (Russian: Магомед Магомедов, born June 4, 1982) is a Russian former kickboxer fighting out of Chinuk Gyn from Minsk, Belarus. He was six time amateur Russian kickboxing champion and the professional WMC and IMF Light Heavyweight World Muay Thai Champion.
Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov (Russian: Хабиб Абдулманапович Нурмагомедов; Avar: ХIабиб ГӀабдулманапил НурмухӀамадов; born September 20, 1988) is an Avar born in Russia undefeated mixed martial artist. He is a multiple time Combat Sambo World Champion and a Judo black belt who is currently fighting in the lightweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in MMA with 22 straight wins. He was ranked the #1 contender in the UFC Lightweight division, but then was dropped to #3 after being out of competition as a result of an injury. He was also dropped to the #3 Lightweight in the world according to Sherdog and numerous other publications. Having already beaten the current UFC Lightweight Champion in Rafael dos Anjos on top of his numerous accolades, many consider him to be the greatest lightweight fighter in the world today.
Husenil Muhammad Afandi is a Muslim scholar, spiritual leader, Shaykh of Naqshbandi and Shazali tariqahs in Dagestan.
Sagid Murtazaliev (born 11 March 1974 in Makhachkala) is Avar - Russian wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.
Gaidar Malikovich Gadzhiyev (Гаджиев, Гейдар Маликович) (August 5, 1953-December 1, 2001) was a Russian (ethnic Avar) Strategic Missile Troops major general. He has been a deputy military commandant of Dagestan since 1998, and was in charge of the Urus-Martanovsky District in Chechnya when he was killed in suicide attack by a young local woman Ayza Gazuyeva in revenge for him personally having killed her husband in front of her eyes. He was awarded the Order of Courage in 2001, and posthumously the medal and title of Hero of the Russian Federation "for courage and heroism in the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus" in 2002.
Qazi Mullah (Russian: Кази-Мулла, Kazi-Mulla, early 1790s–1832) was an Islamic scholar and ascetic, who was the first Imam of the Caucasian Imamate (from 1828 to 1832). He was a staunch ally of Imam Shamil. He promoted Sharia, spiritual purification, and facilitated a jihad against the invading Russians. He was also one of the prime supporters of "Muridism", a strict obedience to Koranic laws used by imams to increase religio-patriotic fervor in the Caucasus.
Kadi Abakarovich Abakarov (Russian: Кади Абакарович Абакаров) (9 May 1913 – 29 February 1948) was an Avar Red Army sergeant who fought during World War II. Abakarov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for actions in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.
Islam Kurbanovich Magomedov (Russian: Ислам Курбанович Магомедов; born 8 February, 1991, Makhachkala) is a Dargin Dagestani born in Russia greco-roman wrestler. Two time Junior Greco-Roman World Champion. Gold medalist Russian Ntionals Greco-Roman Wrestling 2015. In 12 June, 2015 he won gold medal at the European Games 2015, in the final match he defeated Dimitiry Timchenko of Ukraine. International master of sports in Greco-Roman Wrestling. In 2015 World Wrestling Championships he won bronze medal.
Shamil Gentovich Abdurakhimov (Russian: Шамиль Гентович Абдурахимов; born September 2, 1981 in Dagestan) is a Russian of Avar descent mixed martial artist, who is currently fighting in the heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Suleyman Magomedov (Russian: Сулейман Магомедов, Сулейман Магомедов; born April 10, 1990) is a Russian kickboxer who competes in the cruiserweight division.