He spent his entire career in the Communist Youth League and Communist Party apparatus, becoming one of the republic"s most influential politicians for almost two decades in the Brezhnev era. From 1941 to 1943 he was on active duty in the Red Army during World World War World War II In 1948 Gapurow joined the Communist Party nomenklatura as head of the Propaganda Department at the district level in Chardzhou oblast and gradually climbed the party ladder. He graduated from the Pedagogical Institute in Ashgabat in 1954.
In 1969 he was appointed first secretary of the Communist Party of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic. During his time in office, the republic received considerable investment in its modernisation of the gas and oil sectors, and living standards rose significantly for the general population.
However, excessive centralised control over economic development and macroeconomic mismanagement led to a stagnation of economic growth in most sectors of the republic"s economy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Gapurow"s era also witnessed further growth in nepotism, regional rivalries and corruption.
In 1985, incoming General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev removed Gapurow from his post due to a cotton-related corruption scandal and sent him into retirement. He never returned to the political arena and held several minor positions in the late 1980s.
He authored several books and articles during the Soviet era, mainly on Communist Party and Turkmenistan development issues.
In the 1990s he began writing his memoirs but left them unfinished when he died in 1999.
From 1951 to 1955 he worked as first secretary of the Communist Youth League organisation, and later he held various party posts before assuming the republic"s leadership.
Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.