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BP sponsors research and publication on founders of the first democratic republic in the East

Release date;
11 May 2018


  • BP’s contribution to the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic
  • First ever publication to commemorate all founders of the first democratic republic in the east and their historical contribution

BP today presented a unique research book in commemoration of all 59 people who contributed to the establishment of the first democratic republic in the East. The book “Founders of the Republic” is BP’s gift to the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic


.“The republic, which existed only 23 months to change an exploited nation to the first and most democratic country in the East, is a source of national pride for the people of Azerbaijan. The contribution of the founders of the republic is invaluable to the history of the nation and BP is proud to have supported the research and publication to commemorate all of the 59 fighters for independence.


“As Azerbaijan’s long-term and reliable partner, BP has always supported initiatives and activities to promote the country’s rich cultural heritage and national values. Azerbaijan’s first democratic republic is a truly national value that we in BP wanted to honour by joining the 100th anniversary celebrations and sharing the people’s pride”, - Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP’s Vice President, Communications, External Affairs, Strategy and Region, said in his address to the public presentation event held in Baku’s Official Receptions Hall today.


The book is a result of long and thorough research conducted in the archives of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Germany and Poland. It includes historical data, facts and episodes from the lives of the 59 founders, as well as information about their short and tragically ceased activities as government and state officials.  The author of the book is well-known historian Dr Nasiman Yagublu.BP Azerbaijan is also the sponsor of the documentary “The last session” which depicts the last night and the tragic fall of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.


Notes to editors


BP is one of the world's most renowned oil and gas suppliers, and is dedicated to safely developing and producing essential sources of energy.In Azerbaijan,


BP has been present for 26 years safely and reliably operating major oil and gas exploration, development and transportation projects. To date, it has invested together with its partners more than $70 billion into projects in the country and has had a positive impact on local communities through generating tens of thousands of jobs and through its extensive social investment activities. BP directly employs about 3,000 Azerbaijani citizens.


Support for the development and promotion of the country’s rich cultural heritage is one of the priority areas in BP’s social investment portfolio. As Azerbaijan’s long term and reliable oil and gas partner, over the past 26 years, BP has remained committed to helping the nation by investing in building local capabilities, education, development of communities, local enterprises, sporting potential and a number of other areas. BP sees all this as an investment in the capacity-building efforts of the country as it aims to build a strong future. 


Further information:



Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku.

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