Ramil Safarov was born on August 25, 1977 in the town of Jabrayil, former Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic of Soviet Union (now Azerbaijan Republic) where he finished middle school.

He is one of four brothers. Jabrayil was captured by Nagorno-Karabakh forces on August 26, 1993, and remains under control of Nagorno-Karabakh army as part of the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Safarov's family fled to Baku in 1991. During a court hearing, Safarov recounted memories from the years of war, during which he had lost family members.

This, however, contradicted another version he told the court, where he stated that he was studying in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku and in Turkey from 1992 to 1996.[10] He continued his studies at Maltepe Military High School in İzmir and then at the Turkish Military Academy, graduating in 2000, after which he returned to Azerbaijan.

In January 2004, the 26-year-old Ramil Safarov, along with another officer from Azerbaijan, went to Budapest (Hungary), to participate in the three-month English language courses, organized by NATO's Partnership for Peace program for military personnel from different countries.

On February 19, 2004 broke into Margaryan's dormitory room at night and axed him to death while Margaryan was asleep.

n 2006, Safarov was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary with a minimum incarceration period of 30 years.

After his request under the Strasbourg Convention, he was extradited on August 31, 2012 to Azerbaijan, where he was greeted as a hero, pardoned by Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev despite contrary assurances made to Hungary, promoted to the rank of major.

On October 2, 2012 married Shabnam Mammadova.

No children. By religion - Muslim.

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"My job is to kill all [Armenians], because until they live we will suffer"

"…in another time in another place I would have done the same..."

"If there were more Armenians … I would commit the crime on all. However, this was the first and I didn't have the chance to prepare more punctually to commit this action"

"I feel sorry that I haven't killed any Armenian until now"

"…when they walked close to me they mumbled something in Armenian and laughed at me. That was the time when I decided that I will kill these two persons, the Armenians, I will cut their head off"

"My release is the triumph of justice"


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12 сентября 2012, 12:10

From Marif Abdurrahmanov, Shaki, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Please accept our best wishes to you and your family for the great stamina, determination in overcoming all the obstacles, true patriotism manifested in the release of Ramil Safarov and the detailed answers to the questions raised at a meeting with the residents of Shaki.

I can say with confidence that you, as one of the world's most powerful political leaders, will soon liberate Karabakh.


Marif Khatam oglu Abdurrahmanov
Kichik Dakhna village, Shaki District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

12 September 2012, 12:00

From Samir Muradov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

These days, my joy, and indeed the joy of every Azerbaijani, is boundless. Ramil Safarov's extradition and release are the result of your deliberate and purposeful policy.

Your continuation of the policy founded by great leader Heydar Aliyev brings Azerbaijan closer to the great success with every passing day. A good indicator of this is the work you are doing in both the economy and politics, in improving the well-being of our population, the order you sign. It is no coincidence that this annoys certain forces that do not like Azerbaijan and do not want to see it turning into a strong state. The opinions voiced by certain forces in the international community in recent days, the threats of Armenian terrorists are no more than attempts to hamper Azerbaijan. But neither these threats nor pressure can make us deviate from our path.

We, the youth of Fizuli District, are closely watching all this and approve your policy. Let the whole world know that the Azerbaijani people rely on their brave sons, strong state and courageous President. We believe in the motto "Ramil Safarov today and Karabakh tomorrow" and will confirm our confidence with our votes in the next presidential election.

The young people of Fizuli appreciate your order to pardon Ramil Safarov and express their infinite gratitude to you.

Sincerely, Samir Javad oglu Muradov
Fizuli District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

12 September 2012, 11:55

From Alihuseyn Shukurov, Murmansk, Russia

Dear Mr President!

These days Azerbaijanis everywhere, in Russia and around the world, are really happy. It is you, our true President Ilham Heydar oglu, who gave us this happiness!

We thank you for returning Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan and for pardoning him. You proved to the Azerbaijani people and our compatriots once again that you are really on the path of Great Heydar Aliyev! You are the true Hero of the Azerbaijan Republic. We hope on you and believe in you even more. There is no alternative to you. May God give you good health and family happiness! We are proud of you, Dear Mr President Ilham Aliyev! By valuing sons like Ramil Safarov and Mubariz Ibrahimov, you make the whole of Azerbaijan happy. Glory to you, applause to you!

On behalf of the Azerbaijani diaspora in Russia, Alihuseyn Mammadhuseyn oglu Shukurov,

Head of the press, information and public relations centre of the Murmansk branch of the All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress, a member of the Russian and Azerbaijani Union of Journalists and winner of the Golden Pen Prize

Russian Federation, Murmansk, Volodarskiy Street, House 4, Flat 7

12 September 2012, 10:00

From Rauf Ibrahimov, Sumgayit, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

The release of Ramil Safarov recently as a result of consistent measures you had taken made me very happy as a citizen. I am very grateful to you. My joy is endless. Let our enemies be ashamed and know that children like Ramil are growing up in every house and hearth of Azerbaijan and they will never leave Karabakh in Armenian captivity. I wish you success.

Regards, Rauf Zakir oglu Ibrahimov

Sumgayit, Azerbaijan Republic

12 September 2012, 09:30

From Hajiaga Gafarov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

I express my gratitude to you for returning Ramil Safarov to the motherland.

Mr. President!

Thanks to you, Azerbaijan has become one of the strongest states in the world.

Mr. President!

I support you and am always ready to serve you. Allah bless you! Allah bless our Azerbaijan. Amen!

Hajiaga Chingiz oglu Gafarov, Huseyn Javid Avenue, Yasamal district, Baku

Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

12 September 2012, 09:10

From Elshad Hasanov and others, Goranboy, Azerbaijan

Mr President!

The extradition of Ramil Safarov, a brave son of our people and a source of pride for the youth, to our country and your decree to exempt him from life imprisonment are the triumph of resolve and justice. Your step proved once again that you are the pride, sincerely loved head and military chief and undeniable leader of the Azerbaijani youth. As a historic victory, this event is also the beginning of a great Karabakh victory. On behalf of the Goranboy youth, we express our endless love for you and are looking forward to the day when our tricolor will be flying over Karabakh under the leadership of the commander-in-chief.

On behalf of the Goranboy District youth,

Elshad Rauf oglu Hasanov,
Elman Choshgun oglu Mukhtarov,
Elnur Gnyaz oglu Hasanov,
Raul Shahin oglu Gurbanov

Goranboy District, Azerbaijan Republic

12 September 2012, 09:05

From Eldar Mustafayev and others, Shaki, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We, the residents of Shaki and the IDPs temporarily settled here, believe in you as we believed in great leader Heydar Aliyev, support your policies for the well-being of our country and a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Very were glad to hear TV news of Ramil Safarov's extradition from Hungary to Azerbaijan on 31 August and his pardoning on your part. We made no mistake in believing in you. Thank God that the steering wheel of our country is in the hands of such a strong-willed President who loves his country and people.

Today extradition of the courageous son of Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov to our country and his pardon have proven that you are a worthy successor of the architect and builder of the independent Azerbaijan – Heydar Aliyev. Today you are dear to all of us. Long live the President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev!

Long live Azerbaijan!

Long live the people of Azerbaijan!

Long live the Azerbaijani state, statehood and those guarding our statehood!

We believe that we will soon win the war.

With deep respect and reverence on behalf of the residents of Shaki, intellectuals, elders and IDPs settled in Shaki.

Mustafayev Eldar
Aliyev Goshgar
Mustafayev Rashad
Rasulov Bakhtiyar
Huseynov Sakhavat
Teymurova Rena
Marzaliyeva Narmina
Namig Aliyev (Khojaly)
Elvin Aliyev (Khojaly)
Aliyev Sakhavat (Khojaly)
Mustafayeva Husniya
Vugar Aliyev
Samir Aliyev
Rasulov Hasan
Almamedov Hamid
Mirashov Ulvi
Rasulov Rasul

Shaki, the Republic of Azerbaijan

11 September 2012, 12:55

From Irada Guliyeva, Sumgayit, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President! You have always tried hard for the homeland and people and have done a lot of work over the past few years. We are very happy with you. As a rank-and-file citizen and mother, I was very pleased that you released Ramil Safarov, who had demonstrated bravery for the honour of his homeland. For this reason, as a mother, I express my profound gratitude to you. May God help you!

Regards, Irada Ilyas gizi Guliyeva

Azerbaijan Republic, Sumgayit, 6th microdistrict, House 20, Flat 150

11 September 2012, 12:50

From Natig Bakhshiyev, Ganja, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

The return of the officer of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, Ramil Safarov, to his homeland owing to your authority and efforts and his pardoning were welcomed by our staff with pride and joy. The Azerbaijani people, who live and create with a festive spirit as a result of your policy, will always close ranks around you and support you. We sincerely say "thank you!" to you.

Natig Bakhshiyev, chief doctor of the Ganja city family and marriage centre

Ganja, Azerbaijan Republic

11 September 2012, 12:45

From Hafiz Nuraliyev and others, Saatli, Azerbaijan

Mr President!

The news of the release of Ramil Safarov made our staff happy like the entire Azerbaijani people. This victory is the victory of Azerbaijani diplomacy over the Armenians' aggressive policy which has no future. We are grateful to you.

On behalf of the Saatli District pension fund

Hafiz Niftali oglu Nuraliyev,
Kamal Safarov,
Ilham Isayev,
Ilgar Ibishov

Saatli District, Azerbaijan Republic

11 September 2012, 12:40

From Mammad Babayev, Belgorod, Russia

Dear Mr. President,

You are a true hero of the Azerbaijani people, our worthy Commander-in-Chief. Your humanism and philanthropy have won you huge appreciation of the Azerbaijani people. Thank you for everything, including Ramil Safarov!

Sincerely, Mammad Abbas oglu Babayev, religious figure

Maslova Pristan settlement, Belgorod, Russia

11 September 2012, 12:35

From Seid Yusif Aga Aliyev, Mingachevir, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We, the residents of Agdam District, including religious leaders and all those who believe in justice, were very delighted at the news on the extradition and pardoning of Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov. We are sure that under your leadership we will free Karabakh from the enemy in the near future and our refugees will return to their homes. Allah bless you!

Sincerely, Seid Yusif Aga Aliyev

Agdam District, Chamanli village, a minister of the Seid Lazim Aga sanctuary

Mingachevir, the Republic of Azerbaijan

11 September 2012, 12:00

From Sahila Orujova, Gazakh, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President, Mr. Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev!

By taking a wise step to free the brave son of our people Ramil Safarov, you have strengthened the love for as the head of state. We saw again that our President is not indifferent to the fate of every citizen. The courageous and brave son of Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov is a representative of our country, its envoy. Ramil Safarov is a true son of his people who could not tolerate the insults on the part of a treacherous enemy against the people of Azerbaijan and our national flag, and subjected him to a fully deserved punishment.

Of course, the idea that the life of a courageous Azerbaijani officer should be spent in custody was tormenting every Azerbaijani. For eight years we dreamed about Ramil's release and did not lose hope. We believed that brave son of the Azerbaijani people can be returned to us only by such a strong head of state as Ilham Aliyev. We never lost hope that Ramil would be released with your help. Your love of the motherland, people, the state flag are similar to Ramil's patriotic feelings, and you could not leave him in the lurch. Ramil's release is also the result of your political will. It shows that Azerbaijan can free its citizen in a desired way and regain control over its territories.

The transformation of Azerbaijan into a strong state is connected with the name of Heydar Aliyev and his worthy successor Ilham Aliyev. Azerbaijan is steadily developing and strengthening its positions in the region and the world. Your purposeful and forward-looking internal and external policies bring Azerbaijan closer to the main goal – the liberation of Karabakh. The day is near when the state that has such a Commander-in-Chief as you and an officer such as Ramil Safarov will free its ancestral lands from the insidious enemy.

Sincerely, Sahila Orujova

Chayli village, Gazakh District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

11 September 2012, 11:30

From Eldar Asgarov, Ganja, Azerbaijan

Your Excellency Dear Mr President!

The resolute decree you signed about Ramil Safarov, a courageous and brave Azerbaijani serviceman and a symbol of our people's valour and honour, made us, workers of the education sector, very happy like all Azerbaijani citizens, and for this reason, on behalf of the teachers of the Ganja technical college, we express our profound gratitude to you and wish you strong health and success in your work.

May Almighty God protect you!

On behalf of the staff of the Ganja technical college,

E. I. Asgarov

Ganja, Azerbaijani Republic

11 September 2012, 11:20

From Bedri Ustuner, Istanbul, Turkey

Dear Ilham Aliyev,

First of all, I would like to express my highest consideration for you. May Allah grant you success in all your affairs, Inshallah! I also want to respectfully honor the memory of your father, esteemed President Heydar Aliyev, and pray to God for the repose of his soul.

Mr. President!

I am a retired officer of the Turkish Armed Forces. I appreciate your work and am proud of you. The latest news about your order has delighted me very much. I would have done exactly the same in your place. Allah bless you!

I believe that monuments to Ramil Safarov should be erected in all the military units of the Azerbaijani army. He should be an example for every Azerbaijani soldier.

I am a lot older than you, so I kiss your eyes. Otherwise I would kiss your hands. Your act is evidence of true patriotism, not in words but in deeds.

We must always fight the enemies of the Turkic world. My grandfather was a soldier and fought with them too.

I appreciate your work and respectfully kiss your eyes. May Allah grant you even greater success.

Sincerely, Bedri Ustuner, retired Lieutenant-Colonel

Istanbul, the Republic of Turkey

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