Zuleikhan Bagalova – Russian Federation

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Zuleikhan Bagalova is a leading actress of the Chechen theater. She holds the titles People’s Actress of Checheno-Ingushetia and Distinguished Actress of the Russian Federation. For her theatrical achievements, she was awarded the order Symbol of Honor. Zuleikhan already began her social activities in Soviet times. She was three times elected to the Supreme Council of Chechen-Ingushetia. Since 1995, she has been directing the LAM Center which focuses on reviving Chechen culture, providing humanitarian aid, and taking a stand against the war in Chechnya.

She says: “Those trying to conceal the truth about Chechnya do their best also to conceal the fact that the activities of the human rights organizations are anti-war rather than anti-Russian”.


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She works for the LAM–Center for Complex Research and Popularization of Chechen Culture.

Zuleikhan Bagalova was born on 2 June 1945 in Kara-Balta in Kazakhstan. Her father Mutush Ginaevich Bagalov was a veteran of World War II, who, after having been seriously wounded, was demobilized from the army in 1943. He then worked in the military procurement service.

Zuleikhan has three children. The daughter with her two children is currently permanently living in Norway. Her eldest son is working in the Theater-Museum “Bakhrushin” in Moscow. The youngest son is a student.

After having finished secondary school in 1961, Zuleikhan Bagalova enrolled in the Grozny Theater Studio, which she finished in 1963.

She worked in the Chechen Drama Theater “Kh.Nuradilov” from 1961 to 1997. She completed a distant learning course as actress at Moscow Lunacharskiy State Institute of Drama Art.

She is a leading actress of the Chechen theater and a stage master. She has the titles “People’s Actress of Checheno-Ingushetia” and “Honored Actress of the Russian Federation”. She was awarded with the order Sign of Honor and some Jubilee Medals.

She began her social activities during Soviet times already. Three times she was elected as representative into the Supreme Council of Checheno-Ingushetia, and she was a member of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Council of Checheno-Ingushetia. On her initiative in 1995, the Center for Complex Research and Popularization of Chechen Culture “Lam” was founded by a group of Chechen teachers, poets, journalists, and theatre actors – one of the first NGOs of the Chechen Republic.

First, she became the director of the Moscow branch of the “Lam” Center , then the director of the Center. The first large-scale activity of the Center, implemented under conditions of war, was to send five graduates of Grozny schools to study at universities in Poland. After the end of the first Russian-Chechen war (1994-96) the “Lam” Center activated its work. Particular attention was paid to informing wide Russian and international public about the tragic consequences of the war. Thus, in March 1997 Zuleikhan appeared before an audience of journalists and leaders of social organizations in the museum and social center “Mir, progress i prava chielovieka” (“Peace, progress, and human rights”) named after Andrei Sakharov with a paper “The consequences of the War of 1994-1996 for Chechen Culture”.

In December of the same year Zuleikhan took part in the conference “The Culture of Chechnya and the Value of an Open Society” organized in the museum and center of Andrei Sakharov. From January to August 1998, under her leadership, the project “Recording and popularizing Vaynakh Songs and the production of other genres of Chechen folk crafts” was initiated. Within the framework of this project 20 hours of video recordings were produced, featuring different genres of Vaynakh folklore from 11 villages in Chechnya. On the basis of this material eight TV programs were prepared, which were then broadcast on TV of the Chechen Republic. With her participation, two programs were prepared for Chechen TV about those who had experienced the “filtration” camps. (1000peacewomen).


Institute for war and peace reporting, 2001;

North Caucasus Project;

lettre on war in Chechnya;

Chechen Civil Society Forum;

ASF Archive Documents.

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