Salatyn Asgarova with her son Jeyhun
16 December 1961|
|Died||9 January 1991
6th km of Lachin-Shusha highway, next to Böyük Galadərəsi village
Salatyn Aziz qizi Asgarova (also spelled Salatyn Askerova; Azerbaijani: Salatın Əziz qızı Əsgərova; Russian: Салатын Аскерова; 16 December 1961 – 9 January 1991) is a National Hero of Azerbaijan. She was one of the Azerbaijani journalists killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
Salatyn Aziz qizi Asgarova was born on 16 December 1961 in Baku, Azerbaijan. After finishing secondary school, she entered Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute. However, her enormous interest in literature brought her into journalism. She started her journalistic career at “Baku” newspaper, and then began working as a special correspondent for Molodezh Azerbaijana (The Youth of Azerbaijan). Prior to the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh War, Salatyn was writing about contemporary issues of society. However, after the war broke out, Salatyn frequently visited the front line and provided press coverage from hot spots. Her family and colleagues tried to persuade her not to go to the front line jeopardizing her life. In such cases she would usually say: “If nobody goes, then who will?”
On 9 January 1991, the 29-year-old journalist was on her way to Shusha to prepare a story for the newspaper. At the 6th kilometer of the Lachin - Shusha highway, next to the village of Böyük Galadərəsi, the vehicle in which she was travelling was gunned down by Armenian militants shooting at almost point-blank range with machine guns and sniper rifles. The investigators counted 113 bullet holes in the vehicle. As a result of the attack, Salatyn Asgarova died instantly. Three military officers (Lieutenant-Colonel O. Larionov, Major I. Ivanov and Sergeant I. Goyek) of the Soviet Army accompanying her were killed as well. The murderers – Arno Mkrtchian, Hrachik Petrossian, A. Mongasagian and Garik Arustamian – were identified and arrested. They were later released and handed over to the Armenian authorities.
A Baku street and a vessel in the Caspian Sea carry her name.
A monument in her memory was erected at Tafakkur University in Baku.
- КРОВАВЫЙ ОМУТ КАРАБАХА (Bloody Slough of Karabakh) by Yuri Pompeyev
- Journalists and Media Workers killed in War Zones and other hostile areas in 1991 International News Safety Institute
- Statistics on deaths of journalists and media workers 1990-2002 International Federation of Journalists
- News at azerbaijanfoundation.org
- Killed Azeri Journalist’s Memory Revered Baku.ru