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"

Armenians continue provocations regarding Ramil Safarov?

October 22, 2013

The Armenian propaganda machine keeps throwing mud at Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov. According to, this time the Armenians created and launched a website dedicated to major of Republic of Azerbaijan Armed Forces Ramil Safarov. ). […] This information resource is the fancy of insane Armenian propaganda as the Armenians published their own vision of the events that happened in Budapest in February 2004. The website publishes information in three languages – Armenian, Russian and English. ( […] However, neither Ramil Safarov nor Azerbaijan has anything to do with the website. This website is the work of Armenian propaganda as it presents the Armenian version of the events that happened in Budapest in February 2004. (

Remark from the website authors

Such publications are a clear evidence of particular sensitivity of Azerbaijani society to the topic of Ramil Safarov and his act. Inwardly, they realize and fix the difference between the perception by the Azerbaijanis themselves and the outside world, and based on this, they overreact to the mention of Safarov's name in vain by "unconfirmed Azerbaijanis."

The website’s editorial staff can only state that neither the authors of the publication on and nor anyone else has read what is published on the website, otherwise they would not claim that “the Armenians published their own vision of the events that happened in Budapest in February 2004.”

All the materials of website have been taken exclusively from open Azerbaijani resources with a direct reference to the source and a serious and fastidious reader can check it on the spot by clicking on the active link.

Our sources include the Azerbaijani press, the website of the Republic of Azerbaijan President, quotations of leading representatives of political, intellectual and civil elite of Azerbaijan.

The translation of the court verdict regarding Ramil Safarov is also published, with a link to the original in Hungarian. It should be noted that the translation was published in a number of media outlets several months ago. The Azerbaijani side, publishing the Azerbaijani translation later, did not challenge the relevance of the translation, thus recognizing its correspondence to the original. This means that it makes no sense to speak about unscrupulousness in provision of information.

What raises doubts about scrupulous study of the website is the assertion that “the website publishes information in three languages – Armenian, Russian and English.” Otherwise, if the Azerbaijani journalists took the trouble to click the respective buttons, they would make sure that the website functions exclusively in Russian. The Armenian and English editions are in the process of translation and do not function yet.

Moreover, we consider unfair the accusations that “the propaganda machine keeps throwing mud at Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov” as the reader will see nothing else on the website but statement of facts, without further interpretation. It is based on the condition that the mention and concentration of archives on “Safarov case” within a website is not perceived in Azerbaijan as an insult and “throwing mud.”
So, summing up the emotional outburst of journalists from several Azerbaijani media outlets, we would like to call them to write articles not based on passing glance at the home page and heading of the website, but to more scrupulously study and, advisably, read the materials and, importantly, verify the primary sources. Otherwise, not only, and, but also the website of the country’s President will have to be declared Armenian.

And lastly, the website is directly related to Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis as it represents a conscientious quotation of speeches, thoughts and publications of prominent figures of that country, as well as reflects the viewpoint of the current ideological machine as represented by its active and authoritative personalities.

Best regards, editorial staff of website
P.S. Numerous comments by ordinary users from Azerbaijan indicate that the people fully support and share the approach and viewpoint of their ideologists.

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