Geydalr Dzhemal, Russian Islamic revolutionist and activist, Died at 69


Geydar Dzhahidovich Dzhemal was born on June 10, 1947, and died on December 5, 2016.

He was a Russian Islamic revolutionist, philosopher, poet, and political and social activist.

He was the founder and chairman of the Islamic Committee of Russia.

His maternal grandfather, Shapovalov, was the director of the Maly Theatre and First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Soviet Union.

Irina Shapovalova gave birth to Geydar Dzhemal at age 18, divorcing his Azerbaijani father soon afterwards.

During 1965, following his graduation from school and with assistance from his grandfather, Dzhemal entered the Institute of Oriental Languages at Moscow State University, but a year later was expelled “for bourgeois nationalism”.

Geydalr Dzhemal then took a job as an editor at “Medicine” Publishing House, where he met a graduate of the Moscow State University, Ilya Moskvin.

Dzhemal worked at the “Medicine” as an editor and edited many books on psychiatry.

During the mid-1970s, friends advised Dzhemal, who was interested in psychiatry, to feign a mental illness in order to solve some problems with the police, who tried to prosecute him “for parasitism”. This worked as he was subsequently registered at a psychiatric institution.

Since that, Dzhemal was already married; Geydalr Dzhemal raised his son Orkhan (“Yury”).

Geydalr Dzhemal passed away at 69 years old.