Albert Agarunov

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Albert Agarunov
Albert Agarunov.jpg
Albert Agarunov - National Hero of Azerbaijan
Born (1969-04-25)April 25, 1969
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
Died May 7, 1992(1992-05-07) (aged 23)
Burial place Baku, Azerbaijan
Nationality Azerbaijani, Jewish
Occupation Military
Awards National Hero of Azerbaijan

Albert Agarunovich Agarunov (Azerbaijani: Albert Aqarunov) (25 April 1969 – 7 May 1992) was a Starshina of the Azerbaijani Army who died during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. He was among the last Azerbaijanis to defend Shusha[citation needed], which was occupied by Armenian forces on May 9, 1992.


Albert Agarunov was born in a Baku suburb to Mountain Jewish parents[1][2] Agarun (an oil-worker from Quba) and Leah Agarunov; he was one of the family's ten children. After obtaining a degree in technology, he started working at a machine-building factory as a metal turner.[citation needed]

Military service[edit]

The road to leading to Shusha where the encounter between Avsharian's and Agarunov's tanks took place.

He served in the Soviet Army from 1987 to 1989. In 1991, he voluntarily enlisted in the Azerbaijani Army in the war against Armenia to defend the Nagorno-Karabakh region. According to Azerbaijani sources, on December 8, 1991, Agarunov along with driver Agababa Huseynov managed to disable nine Armenian tanks and two armoured trucks.[3] He served as a tank commander in the defense of Shusha in May 1992, when the Armenians launched the successful assault to take this strategically important town. He took part in a famous tank engagement against a T-72, commanded by Gagik Avsharian, knocking it out of commission on the road leading to the town.[4]

Death and commemorations[edit]

Agarunov was killed several days later on the road connecting Shusha to Lachin.[5] After his death Azerbaijani soldiers started to name their tanks "Albert".[6]

Albert Agarunov was posthumously awarded the title of the National Hero of Azerbaijan and was buried at Martyrs' Lane in Baku in May 1992.[citation needed] The school №154 in Baku, from which Albert graduated, was named after him.[7]

Honours and medals[edit]


  1. ^ "Альберт Агарунович Агарунов - танкист, Национальный герой Азербайджана.". Aksakal Media. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ (Russian) Jabrayilli, G. He Gave His Life for His Homeland, Golos Karabakha. Retrieved 22 May 2007.
  4. ^ De Waal, Thomas (2003). Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War. New York: New York University Press, pp. 178-179.
  5. ^ De Waal. Black Garden, p. 314, note 42.
  6. ^ Бывший боец ОПОН: «Под Шушой нас заживо похоронили»
  7. ^ "Suraxanı rayonunda Azərbaycanın Milli Qəhrəmanı Albert Aqarunovun xatirəsi anılmışdır". Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Milli Qəhrəman Albert Aqarunov ordenlə təltif edilib". Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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