Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan

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Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan
Milli Təhlükəsizlik Nazirliyi
MNS emblem.jpg
Agency overview
Formed 1 November, 1991
Jurisdiction Government of Azerbaijan
Headquarters Baku, Azerbaijan
Agency executive Eldar Mahmudov, Director General

The Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security (MNS, Azerbaijani: Milli Təhlukəsizlik Nazirliyi) is an intelligence agency within the cabinet of Azerbaijan. The MNS is a central executive authority which carries out the competencies referred 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 carries out intelligence, counter-intelligence, protection of state secret, revealing, preventing, precluding and detection of crimes.


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 have 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]


The Ministry is 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 which Azerbaijan is the part, its statute and other normative-legal acts of the MNS.

The MNS headquarters are in the following cities:

Current MNS cases[edit]

  • 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[edit]

The MNS has ties to several foreign intelligence agencies including National Intelligence Organization, Mossad and others.[4]

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