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Side Lines -- Isakhan Ashurov

Side Lines: Isakhan Ashurov
Favorite books or authors? "The Moon and Sixpence" by William Somerset Maugham and "Ali and Nino: A Love Story" by Kurban Said. I love books more than authors.

How do you relax? Reading, walking, sports. When I am angry, I relax by walking.

When will you know you've succeeded?
I succeed every hour, every day. Success is not about global tasks. Success is the process of struggle, the competition of ideas.

What is your worst vice or extravagance?
I tend to believe people with no reason.

What is your biggest fear? I don't know. I just know that there is nothing I am afraid of losing.

What was the best day of your life?
I never separate days between good one and bad ones.

What is your biggest challenge or obstacle? Injustice and conformism; slave psychology.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Where God decides. I see myself working for human rights, in the struggle for equality and democracy.

What do you wish you were better at? I would like to be more kind, to learn foreign languages, to be able to read more, to have more time for sports, and to dress better.

What is your greatest regret?
In the Soviet period, I regret that I arrested many people due to laws that were in place at the time. Those laws were not fair.