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
Dissolved 14 December 2015
Jurisdiction Government of Azerbaijan
Headquarters Baku, Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security (MNS, Azerbaijani: Milli Təhlukəsizlik Nazirliyi) was an intelligence agency within the cabinet of Azerbaijan. The MNS was a central executive authority that carried out the competencies designated 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 carried out intelligence, counter-intelligence, protection of state secrets, revealing, preventing, precluding and detection of crimes. On 14 December 2015, President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree dissolving the ministry and creating a National Security Service with domestic duties and a foreign intelligence service.


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 had 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 was 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 of which Azerbaijan was a part, its statute, and other normative-legal acts of the MNS.

The MNS headquarters were 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]

Republic of Azerbaijan (1991–2015)[edit]

Ministers of National Security of Azerbaijan[edit]

President Term of office Political party Government Elected Ref
Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Days
1 Ilhuseyn Huseynov
İlhüseyn Hüseynov
18 October 1991 17 May 1992 212 Independent
1. Ayaz Mutallibov 1991 [5]
1991 Azerbaijani Mil Mi-8 shootdown.
2 Fakhraddin Tahmazov
Fəxrəddin Təhməzov
17 May 1992 3 June 1993 382 Azerbaijani Popular Front Party
1992 [6]
3 Nariman Imranov
Nəriman İmranov
3 June 1993 15 October 1994 499 Azerbaijani Popular Front Party
3. Abulfaz Elchibey 1993 [7]
Imprisoned for life for coup d'état attempt in 1994, pardoned in 2002.
4 Namig Abbasov
Namiq Abbasov
22 March 1995 23 July 2004 3411 New Azerbaijan Party
4. Heydar Aliyev 1995 [8]
1994 Baku Metro bombings; foiled 1995 Azeri coup d'état attempt.
5 Eldar Mahmudov.jpeg Eldar Mahmudov
Eldar Mahmudov
23 July 2004 17 October 2015 7514 New Azerbaijan Party
5. Ilham Aliyev 2004 [9]
Operation Black Belt; Attack on Abu Bakr Mosque of Baku; Foiled 2007 Baku terrorist plot; Azerbaijan State Oil Academy shooting.

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