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Faizullah Khojaev

Fayzulla Ubaydullayevich Khodzhayev (Uzbek: Fayzulla Ubaydulloyevich Xo‘jayev; Russian: Файзулла Убайдуллаевич Ходжаев; Persian: فیض‌الله خواجه‎; b. 1896 Bukhara – March 1938, Moscow) was an Uzbek politician.

Khodzhayev was born into a family of wealthy traders. He was sent to Moscow by his father in 1907. There he realized the tremendous gap between contemporary European society and technology, and the ancient, tradition-bound ways of his homeland.

He joined the Pan-Turkist Jadid movement of like-minded reformers in 1916, and, with his father's fortune, established the Young Bukharan Party. Seeing the Russian Revolution as an opportunity, the Young Bukharan Party invited the Bolsheviks of the Tashkent Soviet to seize Emirate of Bukhara by force in 1917. When this attempted invasion failed, Khodzhayev was forced to flee to Tashkent, and was only able to return after the Emir of Bukhara fled in September 1920.

Appointed head of the Bukharan People's Soviet Republic, he barely escaped assassination by Basmachi Revolt leader Enver Pasha. With the reorganization of Soviet Central Asia and subsequent purge of suspected Uzbek nationalists in 1923-1924, Khodzhayev rose to become President of the Council of People's Commissars of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. However, he opposed Joseph Stalin's heavy-handed control, particularly in the matter of cotton monoculture.

Khodzhayev was arrested during the Great Purge on charges to which he confessed at the Trial of the Twenty-One in 1937 in Moscow as a "Trotskyite and a Rightist" and executed[1] on March 13, 1938. There is no evidence that he was forced to confess.

Officially rehabilitated in 1966, he remains a controversial figure in modern Uzbekistan. On the one hand, he is seen[by whom?] as a traitor who sold his country and people into Soviet servitude. On the other hand, he is seen[by whom?] as an idealist, who sought modernization and independence for Turkestan, but was caught up in forces beyond his control. There are few monuments to him in modern Uzbekistan, and although his father's house in Bukhara is preserved as a monument, it is styled as "House of a Wealthy Local Merchant", with very little emphasis on Khodzhayev himself.

References

  • World Statesmen - Uzbekistan
Preceded by
none
Head of government of Uzbekistan
1924 – 1925
Succeeded by
Vladimir Ivanov
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