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For the village in Iran, see Baliqchi, Iran.

A title in the Khazar Khaganate. The term Baliqchi means "Fisherman." In the Schechter Letter, the Khazar warlord Pesakh (who was active along the Strait of Kerch) is described with this title. An earlier figure in Khazar history, Balgitzin, was governor of Phanagoria during Justinian II's soujourn there in 705 CE. Whether Balgitzin is a personal name or a variant of the title Baliqchi is unclear.


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