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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Murder топором национальный герой подвиг 16 ударов топором

"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"

Laurels of a hero

Ramil Safarov meets sportsmen

January 24, 2014

Azerbaijani Army officer Ramil Safarov met sportsmen. The director and head coach of the sports club "Cənub" Samir Hasanov; honorary member of the club Ramil Safarov; vice-president of the club Shamsi Kerimov, the technical director if the club Rakhib Garib, team captain Alkhas Khanjanov, coaches of the club Aydan Veliyev, Fuad Hasanov, head coach of kickboxing team Hikmet Hajiev, coach assistant Elnur Hamidov and Vusal Hasanov attended the meeting.

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Songs Dedicated to Ramil Safarov

November 16, 2012

Aslan Asiq - Ramil Safarov - A true patriot


Congratulations! Hey, my dear Azeri people!
Glory to the God in the motherland, Ramil Safarov is in Azerbaijan,
Blood in the background, he was in shackles sentenced to life,
He was released, Ramil Safarov is with us. 

He put his own life in danger for the sake of the motherland,
He took revenge for the blood spilled for nothing.
How many years did he spend in prison in a foreign land!
Today he is in his motherland.

Congratulations! Hey, my dear Azeri people!
Glory to the God in the motherland, Ramil Safarov is in Azerbaijan,
Blood in the background, he was in shackles sentenced to life,
He was released, Ramil Safarov is with us. 

This brave spirit is his ancestors' heritage and memory,
He keeps the purity of the national heroes' names,
And this is probably the reason why Ramil Safarov
Is forever in the blood flowing in the Azeri sons' veins. 

Mobil ft Serxan - Ramil Safarov 2012


He crushed the enemy because of the flag, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov,
Honour, dignity, morality, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov,
You only look what step he took for the sake of flag, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov.

The day will come and you will be the witness,
Our captured lands will return to us,
Nagorno Karabakh will be in liberty again,
And our flag will be put up on the highest mountain, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov.

 (Chorus, repetition of the first verse)

In Hungary you were detained,
Imprisoned for eight years by fate,
But you did not allow any stain
To remain on your name, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov.

Courage rose in you,   
You went fearlessly against the enemy,
You achieved your dreams and desires
Sacrificing yourself for your motherland, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov.

You stuck fear into the Armenian, 
You revenged with fortitude, 
You performed an act of heroism, leaving your trace
On pages of history forever, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov.

Your dear mother passed away, 
She could not stand the anguish, left for the other world,
You gave eight years of your life to prison
Because of the vile Armenian Dashnak, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov.

You returned to Azerbaijan, 
The head of state issued the decree, 
Proclaimed your liberty,
No more sleeping on prison planks, Ramil Safarov, Ramil Safarov. 

Xeyyam - Memleketim (Ramil Safarov)

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Ziyafet Yaqubova ft Vusale Hezin - Ramil Seferova hesr olunur

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Ramil Safarov becomes honorary member of Caucasian International Research Centre for Geohistory and Geopolitics

07 September 2012

The news, rather surprising and pleasant at the same time, was received from Georgia amid the Armenians' ongoing lamentations over the extradition and pardon of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces officer, Ramil Safarov.

Caucasian International Research Centre for Geohistory and Geopolitics conferred Ramil Safarov honorary membership.

"Ramil Safarov, citizen of Azerbaijan Republic, extradited from Hungary to his motherland and pardoned by the order of Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev, becomes an honorary member of the Caucasian International Research Centre for Geohistory and Geopolitics in compliance with the decision of the association.

We are grateful to Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev for his fair decision about Ramil Safarov!" Guram Markhuliya, the president of the centre, said in a statement published on his Facebook page.

Bahram Batiyev


Caucasus University staff glad at Ramil Safarov's release

04 September 2012

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The academic staff and students of Caucasus University share their joy over Azerbaijan national army officer Ramil Safarov's release.

In honour of the Motherland's glorious son, a big festive cake was cut. Niftali Gojaev, the prorector of the university, who had cut the cake, as well as professor Ajar Agayev, head of chair, took the floor to congratulate the family and friends, and all the Azerbaijani people on Ramil's release. His return to the motherland and the triumphal liberation were the dream of our entire nation.

A piece of the cake was sent to Major Safarov's house. His parents expressed their gratitude for the attention.

Ramil Safarov's return and release became possible due to President Ilham Aliyev's efforts and courage, who was brought up in compliance with the school of our country's National leader. We are grateful to the president for the joy he gave us. Long live mighty Azerbaijan!


Azerbaijani Diaspora in Ukraine welcomes decision of Ramil Safarov's extradition and pardoning

03 September 2012

The chairperson of the Congress of Ukrainian Azerbaijanis (CUA), Hikmet Javadov, sent a letter of gratitude to the president of Azerbaijan Republic, Ilham Aliyev, on behalf of the Azerbaijani Diaspora in Ukraine.

According to the letter, many thousands of representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora in Ukraine learnt about Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov's extradition and pardoning with a great joy.

"On behalf of the Congress of Ukrainian Azerbaijanis, as well as the Azerbaijanis living in Ukraine and also me personally, I want to express a deep gratitude to the President Ilham Aliyev, because by pardoning the Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov, you showed all our citizens that everyone among us has each of us.

Your decision to extradite Ramil Safarov roots in us – the Azerbaijanis living outside our motherland – the confidence that Azerbaijan will protect its citizens regardless where we are!" the letter reads.

Bahram Batiyev


Gym after Ramil Safarov opened within sport club Janub

25 October 2011

спортивный зал имени рамиля сафарова

Baku, SalamNews. F. Rzayev. The opening of a gym after Ramil Safarov was held in the sport club Janub.

According to the information sent to SalamNews agency, a championship of kickboxing and Muay Thai was organised in Azerbaijan on the occasion. Besides the sportsmen, honorary guests, MPs were present at the opening ceremony.

Faraj Guliyev, Milli Majlis deputy and chairman of the National Revival Movement Party, expressed his gratitude to the initiators and organisers of the event in his speech during the ceremony.

"I am taking a great pride that the sport club Janub gave the hero Ramil Safarov's name to this gym. I believe that Ramil Safarov will learn about this and rejoice at not being forgotten. I hope that the next opening of a new gym will be dedicated to another national hero, Mubariz Ibrahimov. Today, your initiatives are supported at the state level in Azerbaijan."


спортивный зал имени убийцы Выступление фараджа гулиева
Faraj Guliyev's Speech
спортивный зал азербайджан
Winners' awards
кубок и диплом имени рамиля сафарова
Cup and certificate after Ramil Safarov

спортивный зал азербайджанские герои
дети награждаются дипломами имени убийцы
Children are awarded with certificates
дети награждаются дипломами имени убийцы
Children are awarded with certificates

Poems Dedicated to Ramil Safarov

22 September 2012

To the heroic guy

Since he learnt what motherland and land are,
Heroism had been written in his eyes.
Since he saw Khojaly with his own eyes
The day of revenge had been written in his heart.

Years passed, he went to foreign lands
Mother's soul was burning in alert.
Father, knowing that son will revenge,
Said goodbye as if forever.

Courageous son, with a black fate and black eyes!
A lost land and a mourning son with pain in his soul!
Father said his last words,
'Come back as you left, courageous son!'

He highly respected the honour of his nation everywhere,
He served to his motherland during his trip,
Suddenly, there in a foreign land, he met an unbridled 'dyga' ['boy' in Armenian] 
And his heart instantly started to beat with revenge like a fountain. 

Ramil eliminated the enemy that very instant,
He did not suffer, nor did he bend, but he took pride,
He put his enemy in his place,
He did not cry with pity, nor did he sigh, but he took pride.

The news came to his native land, to his motherland,
Both cried and took pride in him the nation.
Mother said, 'My son sacrificed himself for the motherland'
While the son had long realised the severe necessity.

Killing just one Armenian
The hero was sent to the torture chamber of jail.
Spilling the blood of one heartless creature with hatred
Our hero engraved his name in our hearts

Author: Fariz Hajiyev

Panegyric to the president ..on ramil safarov's pardoning..

To My President

Congratulations, honourable Mr President!
Appreciating and caring Humanist Person, 
Supreme Commander-in-chief 
Of the martial soldiers who wait for your order 
'Be ready to fight for the sake of the motherland!'
Grand Leader, taking our Azerbaijan from victory to victory, 
Resolute and courageous President of every Azerbaijani!
Glory to You! 

Author: Bahar Muradova

My Flag "Congratulations! My country!

Majestic pride comes to you from great heights
Today you are very happy,
You can wave with even greater splendour
As your son has returned, ready to give up his life for you,
Ready to spill blood!
As your officer has returned, putting the enemy in his place
For trying to humiliate you!
Forced to tolerate the Armenians torturing and killing his family in front of his eyes, 
He did not tolerate your humiliation.
Our Hero has returned!...
He is back to say his word again in the holy war for country and motherland
Fought by the President, Supreme Commander-in-chief, holding you in height 
Wishing new victories for our nation and county
Shahid mother,
Proud father
Mother Earth,
Holy Flag,
Mr. Supreme Commander-in-chief!
Congratulations, Azerbaijan!"

Author: Bahar Muradova

Dedicated to Ramil Safarov…

You've seen the pain of your country,
You've heard the moan of your native land,
You've seen hatred in the eyes,
And mothers' eyes full of tears,
You remembered everything! Still you kept silent...
You were waiting for your time. And it came.

You've seen Khojaly in blood,
Lachin, Aghdam and Fizuli, 
We wanted to return
Zangilan and Qubadli … but we couldn't.
And for beautiful Shushi,
You said, "I will take the revenge!"

You silently bowed your head 
When we surrendered Jabrayil.
You couldn't save your fathers' homeland  
From the lead bullets,
You didn't forgive them for Karabakh!
You remembered it all! You didn't forget.

You didn't want to sit and wait
When you're dropped into the swamp.
You were enlisted, you didn't avoid.
You deserved an officer's honour,
And you poured tears at nights
Just not to let your spirit cool down.

Your father instructed you
Not to serve for show
But to be a deserving officer,
To care for the military service,
And never to forget
Your compatriots who fell in battle.

The fate promised you a paradise,
Your country sent you to a place
Where there are no friends or foes, 
There the youth is taught to serve;
You joined the NATO troops,
And there you carried out your lynching.

All alone in a foreign land,
You proudly carried your soldier's cross,
You closed your eyes to many things,
Tears dropped from your eyes.
When you heard laughter behind your back,
You endured, you didn't take a sin upon your soul…

The enemy mocked your
Motherland, your country.
He was proud of seizing 
Your Karabakh and spilling blood.
You didn't accept the evil mockery,
You took a sin upon your soul in a fit of passion.

The Dashnak jeered and was rude,
He swore at your Azerbaijan, 
He trampled upon our flag in dirt,
He wiped his boots with the flag.
You saw it all, you didn't forget,
You didn't forgive them the genocide. 

The enemy encroached on the country's honour,
He insulted the law of war, Azerbaijan, 
Spitting on the forehead,
He dug his own grave,
You didn't restrain yourself. You coundn't.
Your consciousness dimmed in a moment. 

Misfortune happened in a blink,
You saw again the face of the enemy
Your heart's call pressed back the consciousness,
You executed the offender by yourself,
You saw it all, you couldn't stand,
The courageous spirit recovered in you.

With an axe blow,
You cut the skunk's head down,
You brought in your own verdict
When you succumbed to the instinct.
You gave up your own life
When you took the axe in your hand.

Now all your life went downhill,
You put a mark on your destiny.
Neither an officer, nor a soldier,
Who are you now? My sinful brother,
You accepted the verdict proudly,
You never complained of your consciousness like a thief. 

You got the mark of a killer,
But you didn't betray your principles.
You changed your freedom with prison,
You didn't let us pity you. 
You blemished the officer's honour,
But you didn't betray your homeland!

I'm not ashamed of you, my brother.
I know! You are not guilty!
You were roused to fury,
Your consciousness was nullified.
You didn't stain the honour of your country
You didn't put your flag in Dashnaks' hands.

You are a sufferer, not a butcher,
I hear you crying at nights,
Maybe you crossed the line,
But people have forgiven your sin,
You spilled blood for the shehids,
You ruined your life for this. 

Yes! The law is different in war,
Kill the enemy, and you are a Hero.
No one is to be condemned for an enemy's death,
If you don't kill, you will be killed.
You didn't get in the right groove,
And that is why you faced the court. 

Let the Aznavours pay the tribute
To show you as trash to the world,
Let their lobby fox again
And lie to people.
You are not a murderer, you are a victim;
We couldn't save you. 

You spat, you didn't swallow,
You cut off the Dashnak's head.
I don't believe that your enemy was asleep
When your axe cracked.
It is not how your mother taught you
To defend your Azerbaijan. 

You were to be in your country,
To be an officer in war,
To return your native lands, 
You could be a hero in war.
Ah, if the time could be reversed
So that we could embrace you.

The country lives with your fate,
It must save you.
And hundreds of mothers 
Will share your mother's grief.
The whole country's souls are in pain,
May Allah forgive your sin.

Now you sit alone in jail,
Thinking at nights, without sleeping. 
But I am proud of you, my son.
Trust me, you're not alone.
You are our hero, you faithful son.
You are sitting alone in a foreign land. 

Author: Narmina Mammadbeyli


The Motherland's Son is Free Now

There was a time when I wrote sad poems
Digging a grave for the unjust decisions.
With bitterness, hatred, I looked hopelessly 
At the severe punishment given to Ramil.

The one who ravaged the Karabakh land, 
Who skinned people alive in Khojaly,
Again considers himself innocent
And accuses Hungary of setting Ramil free.

Wounded Azerbaijan saw many tragedies, 
And Ramil sacrificed eight years of his lilfe to his motherland.
Nine-year-old Fariz Badalov was killed,
Yet not a single Armenian was punished.

If his mother saw that day,
Proudly would she say, 'My son is in freedom.'
Although she left this world,
She waited for her son with a strong belief.

Not for a moment did we lose our hope,
We didn't stop praying for Ramil. 
Glory to Almighty Allah,
The justice has triumphed.

And again I believed in Azerbaijan's unity
Confidently relying on Ilham Heydar oglu.
Long live our honoured president;
Our pure soul rejoiced.

The motherland's son is free now,
The Azeris are very glad for that.
Ramil's suffering is the Turks' suffering
For this is not only Ramil's but also all the Azeris' duty. 

I have dreamt of becoming a lawyer.
Why to keep silent over injustice?
But I wasn't destined to. 
Ramil's freedom became a consolation for me.

Author: Turkan Burdzhaliyeva (Turkan Burcəliyeva) 11.10.2012

A website was created in Ramil Safarov's honour

5 March 2010

The website is dedicated to Ramil Safarov and presents photos, biography and latest news about Ramil Safarov.

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You can see banners like this on other Azerbaijani websites

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"We congratulate the Azerbaijani nation on Ramil Safarov's release. May the Almighty keep high the glory of the nation's heroic sons..."

подвиг Murder спящего человека национальные герои азербайджана

Judge: Do you regret?
Ramil Safarov: Yes... I regret not having killed the second Armenian...

National Democratic Party declares Ramil Safarov "man of the year"

16 February 2006

The National Democratic Party of Azerbaijan ("Boz Qurd") declared the Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov the man of 2005.

The Chairman of the party, Iskender Hamidov, said a certificate "For the merits in the sphere of protection of the state's interests and national interests" will be handed to Safarov's family.

"I don't care how Ramil Safarov killed the Armenian officer. What is important is that now there is one Gurgen less, and the more Azerbaijanis kill Armenians, the less there will be of them," noted the leader of the "grey wolves."

The Azerbaijani officer was also awarded with the title of an honorary member of the National Democratic Party of Azerbaijan.

Selim Rzayev


Newborn boys named after Ramil Safarov

02 November 2005

Safarov was indeed honoured with a national hero's status in his country for such a successfully implemented "military tactic" against the officer of the "adversary side" and his comrade at NATO trainings. To this day, newborn boys are named after him, while officials, MPs and politcians have more than once voiced calls to nominate Safarov for the title "Hero of Azerbaijan." There is also a place to perform an exploit in life, especially based on such an ancient and reliable "military tactic."




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