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Born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
Birth NameFuad Alakbarov
Height 5' 7¼" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fuad Alakbarov is an Azerbaijani-Scottish political commentator, human rights activist, photojournalist, columnist, photojournalist and chess player.

He is known as a campaigner and writer on inequality, poverty, green economics, localisation, alternatives to globalisation, animal welfare and conflict. In his time as a activist, he has worked with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and think-tanks, including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), the Scottish Refugee Council, the Show Racism the Red Card and Migrant Voice.

Early life and education

Alakbarov was born in Sabail district of Baku in 1988. He attended Cleveden Secondary School in Glasgow. In 2012, he graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with BA Hons Management, Technology and Enterprise degree.

Political activism

His involvement in socialist politics accelerated in early 2014 during the Scottish independence referendum. He has been a long-time campaigner on refugee rights and anti-racism issues. Alakbarov has been a longstanding critic of the indefinite detention.

On 12 September 2015, along with few activists, he created "Europe Sees Syria" campaign, which gathered over two million people around cities like Glasgow, London, Berlin, Aberdeen, Athens and Barcelona to raise awareness about the European refugee crisis. Since the late 2000s, he also provided humanitarian aid to refugees and homeless in the Calais Jungle, the Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey and Scotland.

In June 2016, Alakbarov campaigned against the Referendum to leave the European Union. Since 2017, he is a member of a cross party group on racial equality in the Scottish Parliament.

Political positions

Environment and animal rights

Alakbarov has been a strong advocate for environmentalism. He advocates a ban on hydraulic fracking, a phasing out of fossil fuel extraction, and investment in public transport to improve air quality. He is also against the building of new nuclear power stations and has campaigned against replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Foreign policy

Alakbarov is an avid supporter of the recognition of the Khojaly Massacre. He played a key role in Scotland's recognition of the Khojaly Massacre.

Social benefits

Alakbarov focuses on economic issues such as income and wealth inequality, poverty, raising the minimum wage, making public colleges and universities tuition-free by taxing financial transactions.

Social issues

Alakbarov has been a long-time campaigner on refugee rights and anti-racism issues. He has been a longstanding critic of the indefinite detention for failed asylum seekers. He has also campaigned on women's rights and gender equality.

He have criticised British fashion label Burberry for destroying unsold clothes and accessories worth £28 million in 2018 to protect its brand.

War and peace

Alakbarov was opposed to the invasion of Iraq and War in Afghanistan, NATO-led military intervention in Libya, military strikes against Syria. He has criticized Britain's close ties with Saudi Arabia and British involvement in Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. He has called for Tony Blair to be investigated for alleged war crimes during the Iraq War.

Personal Life

Alakbarov is fluent in five languages: English, Russian, Turkish and Azerbaijani. He is an avid supporter of Neftchi Baku. Alakbarov follows Celtic as his Scottish side.

Since 2017, Alakbarov represents Scotland at international chess championships.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kevin McJones

Trade Mark (1)

Deep, smoky voice

Trivia (10)

His favourite athlete of all time is Zinédine Zidane.
He is an avid fan of anime.
Born at 19:30pm (UTC+04:00).
Alakbarov is fluent in five languages: English, Russian, Turkish, Azerbaijani and Japanese.
His favourite writer of all time is Ray Bradbury.
His favourite painter of all time is Tahir Salahov.
Good friends with Amparo Fortuny.
He was an interpreter for Gurban Gurbanov during Qarabag FK's away game against Chelsea on September 12, 2017.
While growing up, he wanted to be a veterinarian.
He is an avid chess player and competes regularly in tournaments.

Personal Quotes (33)

Men - gifts that we love to open; women - gifts that we love to keep.
I don't seek revenge because the karma bus always arrives on time.
The wheels of history are lubricated with human blood.
I discovered myself through traveling. Azerbaijan taught me how to love humanity. Scotland taught me how to fight for humanity.
Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.
[on Tony Blair] I refuse to watch or listen to Tony Blair, unless he is on trial at the Hague.
Azerbaijan or Scotland? That's like asking who I love the most, my mother or father. Both!
[on Garry Kasparov] Garry Kasparov is the king of chess. But when it comes to politics, he's just a political pawn.
Many crumble and forget their morals when presented with their pieces of silver. Standing up for what you believe has real dignity too.
I belong to the generation born during the Nagorno-Karabakh war. And for me, the recurring memory of injustice is not fading anytime soon.
How we can get rid of tabloids? Very simple: Don't buy it. Don't read it. Don't spread it.
The UK government took banker debt and made it our debt while letting bankers off. Then told us: You're living beyond your means.
British government have always sold poverty as a character flaw rather than the fault of a society where the elite benefit and the rest make do.
British values sounds like a bargain bin conscience for those who can't afford to spend more energy and time on their humanity.
Remember when nurses, carers, teachers and students crashed the stock market, wiped out banks, took billions in bonuses and paid no tax? No, me neither.
Most people I've met who weren't kind to animal, weren't kind to people either. Kindness is kindness. Simple as that. Barbaric activities such as hunting should be consigned to the history books
Hunting was a crucial part of humans' survival 100,000 years ago, but today hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation.
Hunting animals is not a wildlife or environmental management solution. Why should anyone spend money to protect an animal that a wealthy trophy hunter can then pay to go kill?
[on Eminem] Eminem tells stories in such a powerful and distinctive way . That's very necessary today, when reality is becoming a lost art.
I once went to a restaurant and ordered a chicken salad sandwich and an egg salad sandwich to see which would come first.
When things are difficult, I try to remind myself that giving up won't improve the situation.
A fish with his mouth closed never gets caught.
When the British Empire turned their backs on the millions of Irish dying during the Great Famine; Muslim nations sent food relief.
There's nothing shocking about celebrities going topless, getting drunk, or falling over. Let me know when they read a book.
If you can name five Kardashians but can't name five countries in Africa, it's time to turn off the TV and pick up a book.
One great thing you can do today that you also did yesterday and likely to do tomorrow is purchase books by female authors.
[on Theresa May] I admire Theresa May, the way snake admires a mongoose.
I still remember when the Paradise Papers and the Panama Papers came out and revealed that all the rich people in the world are part of huge criminal conspiracy to dodge taxes and hoard stolen wealth in offshore accounts and literally nothing is happened.
You aren't married married until three days into a discussion about if getting a toaster oven would be worth sacrificing the counter space.
[on Nigel Farage] Nigel Farage looks a rat poison salesman who regularly samples his own product.
My main worry about driverless cars is how would Western journalists get their stories in the post-Soviet countries with no taxi drivers to talk to.
There's an alternative internet where Soviet taxi drivers write about their amusing encounters with foreign reporters and their simple worldview.
[on Morgan Freeman] When Morgan Freeman talks in his sleep, the whole neighbourhood wakes to listen.

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