Igor Ashurbeyli

Igor Raufovich Ashurbeyli (Azerbaijani: İqor Rauf oğlu Aşurbəyli;, Russian: Игорь Рауфович Ашурбейли; born 9 September 1963, in Baku, Azerbaijan) is a Russian scientist, businessman, a politician of Azerbaijani origin, and a micronationalist, serving as the Head of Asgardia, the Space Nation. He is also the Leader of the Party of Russia's Rebirth since 2016.

Igor Ashurbeyli
İqor Rauf oğlu Aşurbəyli
Igor Raufovich Ashurbeily.png
Head of Nation of Asgardia
Assumed office
25 June 2018
Prime MinisterAna Díaz
Leader of Party of Russia's Rebirth
Assumed office
17 June 2016
Preceded byGennady Seleznyov
Personal details
Born (1963-09-09) 9 September 1963 (age 57)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union
Alma materAzerbaijan State Oil Academy
Known forChairman of the Board of the Socium Holding,
Founder of Asgardia
AwardsRussian Federation Government Prize in Science and Technology;
UNESCO Medal for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies

He was the CEO of Scientific Production Association (SPA) Almaz from 2000 to 2011. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Board of Socium Holding. He has a Doctorate of Science in Engineering and a PhD in Engineering, with a specialization in Computer Science.


Igor Ashurbeyli was born on 9 September 1963, in Baku, Azerbaijan, a descendant of the Azerbaijani noble family of Ashurbeyov. He graduated from the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in 1985.[1][2]

In 1988, under the Soviet Union's then-new economic policies, he founded Socium, a small software company, serving as its first General Manager. It later become became Socium Holding, a holding company with over 10,000 employees at over 30 companies, where Ashurbeyli services as Chairman of the Board.[1][2][3]

In 1990, Ashurbeyli moved to Moscow. Starting in 1994, he held the positions of Deputy General Manager, First Deputy General Manager, and Chairman of the Board at SPA Almaz (later rebranded as GSKB Almaz-Antey), later becoming its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 2000 to 2011. Ashurbeyli resigned from SPA Almaz in 2011. From 2011, he was the Chairman of the Board and Scientific Supervisor of KB-1 (Design Bureau-1), a privately held company.[1][4][2][5]

From 2004, Ashurbeyli was the Chairman of the Board of the Nonprofit Non-Government Expert Society on Space Threat Defense (ESSTD). In 2015, ESSTD was granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).[6]

He was awarded the Russian Federation Government Prize in Science and Technology of 2009.[7][8] On 5 February 2016 Ashurbeyli was awarded the UNESCO Medal for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies during a ceremony held at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.[9]

Igor Ashurbeyli founded the Aerospace International Research Center in Vienna, Austria, in 2013. In 2014, the Center began publication of an international space journal, ROOM, of which Ashurbeyli is the editor-in-chief. In July 2018 Aerospace International Research Center was renamed to Asgardia Independent Research Center.[8][10][11]

On 12 October 2016 Igor Ashurbeyli announced in a press conference in Paris, France, "the birth of the new space nation Asgardia."[10][12][13] The project is officially called the "Space Kingdom of Asgardia."[14] The ultimate aim of the project is to create a new nation that allows access to outer space free of the control of existing nations.[15][16] On 25 June 2018 in Vienna, Austria, in Hofburg Palace Igor Ashurbeyli was inaugurated as Asgardia's Head of Nation.[17][5][18]

Asgardia intends to launch a series of satellites into Earth orbit. Going forward, the Asgardia team hopes to create habitable platforms in low-earth orbits, which is also where the International Space Station is located. "It's not a fantasy. Going to Mars, the galactics, so on—that's just fake. I intend something more real," Igor Ashurbeyli told CNN in June of 2017.[8]

The Cygnus spacecraft that carried Asgardia-1 into space released Asgardia-1 and two other satellites on 12 November 2017. The Space Kingdom of Asgardia has claimed that it is now "the first nation to have all of its territory in space." Legal scholars doubt that Asgardia-1 can be regarded as a sovereign territory.[19][20][21]


On 17 June 2016, Ashurbeyli was elected new leader of the Party of Russia's Rebirth after the death of Gennady Seleznyov.[22]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Matthew Vella. Russian military entrepreneur sets up Malta base. — Malta Today, 23 June 2015
  2. ^ a b c Taisiya Bekbulatova. The space kingdom of Asgardia. — Meduza, 23 january 2018
  3. ^ Sustainable development of the Socium Holding. — The Socium Holding
  4. ^ The Board of Directors meeting (in Russian). — GSKB Almaz-Antey, 4 February 2011
  5. ^ a b Bill Harby. Asgardia: The problems in building a space society. — BBC, 3 August 2018
  6. ^ Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Recommends Special Consultative Status for 55 Entities, Defers Action on 45, in Second Day of Session. — United Nations, 28 January 2015
  7. ^ Russian Federation Government Decree No. 333-р as of 17 March 2010 "On winning a Russian Federation Government Prize in Science and Technology of 2009" (in Russian). — Rossiyskaya Gazeta (an official newspaper of the Government of the Russian Federation), 26 March 2010
  8. ^ a b c Andrea Lo. Asgardia: the world's first space nation. — CNN, 20 June 2017
  9. ^ Fifth UNESCO Medals for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies ceremony. — UNESCO, 5 February 2016
  10. ^ a b Daniel Clery. Space oddity: Group claims to have created nation in space. — Science Magazine, 12 October 2016
  11. ^ Asgardia Independent Research Center. About
  12. ^ Scientists plan to create 'Asgardia' nation state in space. — BBC, 13 October 2016
  13. ^ Dave Mosher. A multinational group wants you to join 'Asgardia'—the first outer space nation with a mission to defend Earth. — Business Insider Australia, 13 October 2016
  14. ^ The Constitution of the Space Kingdom of Asgardia
  15. ^ Sarah Knapton. Scientists propose space nation named ‘Asgardia’ and cosmic shield to protect Earth from asteroids. — The Telegraph, 12 October 2016
  16. ^ Nicola Davis. Will you become a citizen of Asgardia, the first nation state in space?The Guardian, 12 October 2016
  17. ^ First in history Inauguration of the Head of the First Space Nation Asgardia. — Asgardia.Space
  18. ^ A moment in space and time. — Room, The Space Journal, Issue No. 2 (16) 2018
  19. ^ Eric Mack. Space nation Asgardia ready to launch itself into orbit. — CNET, 13 June 2017
  20. ^ Leah Crane. The 'space nation' Asgardia just launched its first satellite. — New Scientist, 13 November 2017.
  21. ^ Dave Mosher. The 'space kingdom' Asgardia says it's the first nation with all of its territory in orbit—but legal experts are dubious. — Business Insider, 8 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Партия возрождения России" выбрала нового лидера

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Preceded by
Gennady Seleznyov
Leader of Party of Russia's Rebirth