Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan
Milli Təhlükəsizlik Nazirliyi
Agency overview
Formed1 November 1991
Preceding agency
Dissolved14 December 2015
Superseding agencies
JurisdictionGovernment of Azerbaijan
HeadquartersBaku, Azerbaijan

The Ministry of National Security (MNS, Azerbaijani: Milli Təhlukəsizlik Nazirliyi) was an intelligence agency within the cabinet of Azerbaijan. The MNS was a central executive authority that carried out the competencies designated to it by the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the field of obtaining and analyzing information about foreign affairs, corporations, individuals. The MNS also carried out intelligence, counter-intelligence, protection of state secrets, revealing, preventing, precluding and detection of crimes. On 14 December 2015, President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree dissolving the ministry and creating a National Security Service with domestic duties and a foreign intelligence service.


Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan was established on the material-technical and personnel basis of the Soviet Committee of State Security (KGB) on November 1, 1991. Within a short period of time, representatives of other nationalities had left the Ministry and Azerbaijan, the process of staffing Ministry only by the national specialists had begun. Not only the name and the personnel of the security body had changed, but primary change the Ministry faced was its mission and duties.[1]


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The Ministry was guided by the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the decrees of President, the decisions and decrees of the Cabinet of Ministers, the international treaties of which Azerbaijan was a part, its statute, and other normative-legal acts of the MNS.

The MNS headquarters were in the following cities:

MNS operations

In 2008, the MNS arrested a dozen of Al-Qaeda members who were involved in terrorist attack on Abu Bakr Mosque.[2][3]

Foreign ties and cooperation

The MNS has ties to several foreign intelligence agencies including National Intelligence Organization, Mossad and others.[4] The MNS helped thwart the 2000 assassination attempt on Russian president Vladimir Putin by Iraqi citizen Kenan Ahmed Rustam in Martyrs' Lane.[5][6][7]

Ministers (1991–2015)

Ministers of National Security of Azerbaijan

President Term of office Political party Government Elected Ref
Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Days
1 Ilhuseyn Huseynov
İlhüseyn Hüseynov
18 October 1991 17 May 1992 212 Independent
1. Ayaz Mutallibov 1991 [8]
1991 Azerbaijani Mil Mi-8 shootdown.
2 Fakhraddin Tahmazov
Fəxrəddin Təhməzov
17 May 1992 3 June 1993 382 Azerbaijani Popular Front Party
1992 [9]
3 Nariman Imranov
Nəriman İmranov
3 June 1993 15 October 1994 499 Azerbaijani Popular Front Party
3. Abulfaz Elchibey 1993 [10]
Imprisoned for life for coup d'état attempt in 1994, pardoned in 2002.
4 Namig Abbasov
Namiq Abbasov
22 March 1995 23 July 2004 3411 New Azerbaijan Party
4. Heydar Aliyev 1995 [11]
1994 Baku Metro bombings; foiled 1995 Azeri coup d'état attempt.
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Eldar Mahmudov
Eldar Mahmudov
23 July 2004 17 October 2015 7514 New Azerbaijan Party
5. Ilham Aliyev 2004 [12]
Operation Black Belt; Attack on Abu Bakr Mosque of Baku; Foiled 2007 Baku terrorist plot; Azerbaijan State Oil Academy shooting.

See also


  1. ^ The history of the security bodies of Azerbaijan Archived 2009-08-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ “Forest brothers” group accused in terrorist attack on Abu Bakr Mosque go on trial
  3. ^ Azerbaijan security officers arrest 18 suspects in Baku mosque explosion
  4. ^ Спецслужбы Азербайджана Archived 2010-02-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  5. ^ "Ильхам Алиев рассказал о первой встрече Гейдара Алиева и Владимира Путина (Видео)".
  6. ^ "В 2000-х гг. на Путина планировалось покушение в Баку | Новости политики".
  7. ^ "Покушение на Путина". 25 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Azərbaycan xüsusi xidmət orqanlarının rəhbərləri". (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Təhməzov Fəxrəddin Ayət oğlu: 1992 may -1993 iyun". (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  10. ^ "İmranov Nəriman Şamo oğlu: 1993 iyun -1994 oktyabr". (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Abbasov Namiq Rəşid oğlu: 1994 oktyabr -2004 iyul". (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  12. ^ "MNS Profile. Eldar Mahmudov". Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-11-15.