The thesis for a doctor's degree is devoted to the research of the role and merits of Heydar Aliyev in socio- economic and cultural-spiritual development of Nakhchivan Autonomous republic in 1969-2003 years.

Dissertational work consists of the introduction, two parts and four sections, conclusion and list of used literature.

In the introduction the significance, chronological frameworks of the research are grounded, purpose and goals defined, historiographic base and degree of a level of scrutiny of the theme are proved, and scientific novelty and the practical importance of the dissertation are formulated.

The first part of the dissertation «Heydar Aliyev and strategy of development of Nakhchivan Autonomous Soviet Socialistic Republic in 70-80s of the XX century» consists of two chapters. In this part the questions connected with economic, social and cultural development of autonomous republic in 1970- early 80 years are considered. In the years when Heydar Aliyev headed in Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan ASSR began rapidly to develop; its economic indicators improved. Fundamental shifts took place in welfare of the population and its social structure.

In the second section of the dissertation - «Strategy of development of Heydar Aliyev in the period of independence and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic» is elucidated the way passed by autonomous republic in days of independence up to 2003. Chapter I is devoted to the period of 1991-1993 years when the autonomous republic in its hard time was headed by Heydar Aliyev. Many-sided, indefatigable activity of Heydar Aliyev on protection of autonomous republic against the Armenian aggression, its escape from the crisis because of blockade by Armenia is elucidated.

In the second chapter of the section are analyzed the processes and changes occurring in Nakhchivan AR in 1993-2003 years, the period when Heydar Aliyev was the president of the Azerbaijan Republic. It is noticed that since 1993 Nakhchivan AR has entered to a new stage of the development, despite continuing blockade, has reached tremendous successes in all spheres of life. It is underlined that these successes are direct display and result of radical, large-scale reforms implemented by Heydar Aliyev in Azerbaijan.

In the conclusion the basic results of the researches are summoned up and scientific summarization is formulated.