Lachin District

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Map of Azerbaijan showing Lachin Rayon
Map of Azerbaijan showing Lachin Rayon
Country Azerbaijan
Capital Lachin
 • Total 1,840 km2 (710 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 72,000[α]
Postal code 4100
Telephone code (+994) 26[2]

Lachin (Azerbaijani: Laçın, Kurdish: Laçîn‎) is a rayon of Azerbaijan. The capital is the city of Lachin. The region has been controlled by the breakway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, as part of its Qashatagh Province, since the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Upon the capture of Lachin rayon, Armenian forces forcefully displaced its entire Azeri and Kurdish population[3] and resettled the region with Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan, settlers from Armenia and ethnic Armenians from other countries apparently with promises of land, livestock and social benefits.[3][4] The main land-link between Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, known as the Lachin corridor, crosses its territory. The Lachin Kurdish Republic was briefly proclaimed in 1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War for Kurdish inhabitants.

In the first half of 2011, 300 Armenian families were settled in Lachin [5]

Kurdish autonomous district[edit]

See also: Kurdistan Uyezd

Between 1923 to 1929,[6] Lachin was established as the Kurdistan Uyezd, an autonomous Soviet district.


α Official Azerbaijani data by January 1, 2009.


  1. ^ "The State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.". Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Şəhərlərarası telefon kodları". Aztelekom MMC. Aztelekom İB. Retrieved 19 August 2015.  (Azerbaijani)
  3. ^ a b Gutman, Roy; Rieff, David; Anderson, Kenneth (1999). Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know. W. W. Norton and Co. p. 358. ISBN 0-393-31914-8. 
  4. ^ EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - Armenia’s Strategic Lachin Corridor Confronts a Demographic Crisis
  5. ^ "". 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  6. ^ (Russian) Russia and the problem of Kurds

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Coordinates: 39°38′0″N 46°33′0″E / 39.63333°N 46.55000°E / 39.63333; 46.55000