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Armenia: Nikol Pashinyan has three daughters and one son. The eldest, daughter Mariam (born in 1999) and Ashot (2000), after school entered the University of Tartu (Estonia). The daughter graduated, the son interrupted his studies because of the Nagorno-Karabakh war (he volunteered). After the army, Ashot entered the Academy of Arts, but, apparently, he also dropped out. It is too early to talk about the education of the youngest children of the Prime Minister: his daughter Shushan, born in 2007, Arpi is seven years old.

The Prime Minister of Armenia has a large, genuinely Armenian family. Nicol and Anna have raised three daughters and a son who serves in the Armenian military. Photo:

By the way, Nikol Pashinyan himself studied journalism at YSU (Yerevan State University), but was expelled, as he himself says, for political reasons. In 2018, the EHU leadership issued a statement indicating that it was ready to award a degree to the Prime Minister if he accepted. But he refused, becoming the only head of state in the post-Soviet space who did not have a higher education.

Raising children in Estonia is quite an unusual step for the ruler of Armenia. YSU has an excellent reputation as the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in the region, a forge of leadership. In particular, its graduate Levon Ter-Petrosyan is the first president of Armenia. The two daughters of Pashinyan’s predecessor, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, also studied at YSU: the eldest, Anush, studied as a lawyer and the youngest, Satenik, studied as an economist. However, so did the children of ex-president Robert Kocharyan.

Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has three children – Leyla (1984), Arzu (1989) and Heydar (1997).

Ilham Aliyev himself is a graduate and postgraduate student of MGIMO. By the way, he met his wife Mehriban in Moscow, where she graduated with honors from the Medical Institute named after her. Sechenov. The eldest daughter, after graduating from the Baku school, continued her studies in Switzerland and the United Kingdom, received additional training for the judiciary at the Faculty of Political Science of MGIMO. Arzu studied in London, his son Heydar Jr. graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Azerbaijan.

Ilham Aliyev has been married for many years to the beautiful Mehriban, adored by all Azerbaijani people. They are with children. Photo:

Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko has three sons, two of whose eldest are graduates of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University. In the footsteps of the eldest son Dmitry, his children also went: Daria and Anastasia also study at the Belarusian State University. According to some reports, young Nikolai today also receives higher education there.
The President of Belarus himself graduated from the Faculty of History of the Mogilev Pedagogical Institute in 1975 with a degree in history and social sciences, and in 1985, in absentia, from the Faculty of Economics of the Belarusian Agricultural Academy of the city of Gorky, Mogilev Region, with a diploma of Economist-organizer of agricultural production.

Not in Moscow

Georgia: President Salome Zurabishvili was born in Paris and graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Science and Columbia University in the United States. Married twice, now widowed. From her first marriage with Nikoloz Gugushvili (Gorjestani) has two children. Education, of course, Western. Son Teimuraz works at the UN, daughter Ketevan – on French television.

The President of Georgia has lived most of her life in Paris. Unsurprisingly, the children were educated in France and the United States. Photo: Social networks

Lithuania: President of Lithuania, former member of the CPSU Gitanas Nauseda studied at the University of Vilnius then in Germany. Her eldest daughter Gedayle studied in Belgium and now works as an architect in Europe. The young Ugne graduated from the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis in France, then continued her studies in South Korea.

Latvia: President Egils Levits’ son Linards was educated in Germany as a clinical psychologist, his daughter Indra became an environmentalist in the UK.

Estonia: Prime Minister Kai Kallas has three children: two sons and a daughter, but all are minors. Kallas herself graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tartu.

Asia Choice

Kyrgyzstan. If most of the heads of state – republics of the former USSR are economists, diplomats and lawyers by education, then in Kyrgyzstan there is a complete demolition of stereotypes. Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov is a trainer by profession, a graduate of the Kyrgyz Institute of Physical Education. He had three sons – Dastan, Rustam and Nurdoolot and a daughter Zhanaiym. The eldest, Dastan, graduated from the Chinese language school, after which he studied at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University. B. Yeltsin, but a few years ago he died in an accident. The youngest children, Nurdoolot and Zhanaiym, were educated in Turkey and at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek (funded by the Soros Foundation). Rustam was educated in Poland. The Japarov family also brings up the son of Sadyr’s brother, Erkin Rinat, who died in a car accident.

Kyrgyz journalists say family is sacred to President Sadyr Japarov. Therefore, he does not talk about his personal life, and at home he never talks about work. Photo: Social networks

Kazakhstan: President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev holds degrees from MGIMO and the Diplomatic Academy of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His son Timur was educated in Switzerland (college and university) and at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. In 2009, he defended his thesis on “The Strategy of the Republic of Kazakhstan towards the West” and obtained a doctorate in political science. The media does not particularly shine, it is only known that he is engaged in business.

Tajikistan: President Emomali Rahmon is a graduate of Tajik State University and the greatest father in the post-Soviet space, he has seven daughters and two sons. The children basically started studying at the same university as their father, then continued their education around the world: in the United Kingdom, Russia and the United States. The eldest son Rustam Emomali, having studied at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, headed the upper house of parliament and the office of the mayor of Dushanbe. Ozod’s daughter, Rahmon, who studied at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, is now the head of the presidential administration.

Emomali Rahmon, in office for 29 years, is the greatest father-president of the post-Soviet space: he has seven daughters and two sons. The children are first educated at home, then abroad. Photo: Wikipedia

The youngest daughter Zarina Rahmon, after graduating from a British college, worked as a TV presenter, and she was 16 years old. And then she became a top manager in one of the biggest banks in the country. We don’t know about the president’s other children.

Uzbekistan: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is a mechanical engineer by training, a graduate of the Tashkent Irrigation and Improvement Institute (now the Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers). He was also vice-rector of the alma mater. The eldest daughter Said graduated from the Tashkent Faculty of Law and received a master’s degree in economics from Moscow State University. Lomonosov, after which she was appointed deputy director of the media control agency. The youngest, Shakhnoza, defended her doctorate at the Russian State Pedagogical University. Herzen and works at the Ministry of Early Childhood Education. And Miralisher’s son is still a schoolboy.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev is one of the most educated leaders in the post-Soviet space. In his youth he worked as a teacher at the institute. He gave an excellent education to his children. Photo: Reuters

the most secret

Turkmenistan: Nothing is known about the children of Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov. He himself has three graduate studies. He first studied as an engineer-technician at the Agricultural University of Turkmenistan, in 2011 he graduated from the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow, then studied for two years at the Center for Security Policy in Geneva.

Moldova: We haven’t learned anything about Moldovan Prime Minister Dorin Rechan’s children either, except that there are two of them.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu may be the only leader of the former USSR who is unmarried and has no children. His training speaks for itself: the Academy of Economics in Chisinau and Harvard in Cambridge. After earning a master’s degree in public policy, Sandu worked in the United States for two years and, back in her native country, she led the Ministry of Education for three years, leading a number of reforms, including the introduction of the compulsory study of English, while the Russian language was only optional at the choice of the parents.

Former Moldovan rulers with fiction and fantasy explained the choice of countries for higher education of children. Thus, Prime Minister Ion Chicu, when he was Prime Minister, when asked why he sent his two sons to study in the United Kingdom, replied that “they could have chosen Bucharest or Moscow, but they were too many want to go.” Simply put: anyone can go to London for a degree, but studying in Romania or Russia is only for the really lucky ones.


There is such a profession

For decades, Soviet military schools were a forge of personnel for foreign countries.

Graduated from the Frunze Military Aviation School for Pilots (1959-1960) and the Military Academy. Frunze (1964-1965) Hosni Mubarak became President of Egypt in 1981.
Behind the South African President, Thabo Mbeki studied at the Higher Military-Political School in Simferopol.

The President of Albania from 2002 to 2007, Alfred Moisiu graduated from the Leningrad School of Military Engineering and the Military Engineering Academy (with honors).

Legendary Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, father of Bashar al-Assad. After graduating from the Air Force Academy in Homs and flying lessons in Egypt in 1957, Captain Hafez was sent to the USSR General Staff Military Academy, for postgraduate studies.

Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the youngest prime minister and president in Mongolian history, graduated from the Lviv Higher Military and Political Order of the Red Star School with a degree in military journalism.


Our man in Guyana

RUDN University (formerly Patrice Lumumba Peoples Friendship University), in addition to the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov, gave the world two more presidents. Namely, Lobo Porfirio, who led Honduras, and Bharrat Jagdeo, the leader of Guyana. The Prime Ministers of Palestine and Chad, Mahmoud Abbas and Yusuf Saleh Abbas, left the RUDN auditorium.

Besides Ilham Aliyev and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Bulgaria’s first president, Petr Mladenov, also graduated from MGIMO (now the University of the Russian Foreign Ministry).

Among the famous graduates of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Kim Dae-jung is the President of South Korea in 1997-2002, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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