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1995 Azeri coup d'état attempt
Date13–17 March 1995[2][3]

Ministry of Interior Troops
supported by:
Nationalist Movement Party

President of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Armed Forces
Commanders and leaders
Rovshan Javadov Heydar Aliyev
Safar Abiyev

The 1995 Azeri coup d'état attempt, also known as the Turkish coup in Baku,[2] was a coup d'état attempt by members of the Azerbaijani military, led by Colonel Rovshan Javadov at the head of a unit of Ministry of Interior Troops ("OMON"). The group aimed to take control of the country from president Heydar Aliyev and reinstall former president Ebulfeyz Elçibey. The coup was foiled when Turkish President Süleyman Demirel became aware of elements in Turkey supporting the plot, and called Aliyev to warn him. On 17 March 1995, units of Azerbaijani Armed Forces surrounded the insurgents in their camp and assaulted it, killing Javadov. Reports in Turkey following the 1996 Susurluk scandal elaborated on support for the coup from elements in Turkey.


On 12 December 1994 a team of people, including Korkut Eken (Turkish National Intelligence Organization, MİT), İbrahim Şahin and Ayhan Çarkın (Turkish Police Special Operations Department) and Abdullah Çatlı (contract killer), traveled from Turkey to Azerbaijan in order to train a unit of 60 OMON police officers for the coup. They were invited by OMON commander Rovshan Javadov, a KGB defector to the CIA, who also directed the abortive coup.[4] The KGB/FSB and CIA closely monitored the events.[5]

According to the newspaper Yeni Şafak, the coup was directed by Turkish colonel Necabettin Ergenekon, while he was allegedly the commander of the Adıyaman Gendarmerie Regiment. However, other newspapers report that he retired in 1982 from the Adıyaman Martial Law Command (Turkish language: Adıyaman Sıkıyönetim Komutanlığı).[6] Yeni Şafak also alleged that Elçibey is related to Turkish General Veli Küçük.[7]

The coup was foiled after the MİT tipped off President Süleyman Demirel on 10 March 1995 and he called Aliyev.[8] On 17 March 1995, units of Azerbaijani Armed Forces surrounded the insurgents in their camp and assaulted it, killing Javadov.[9]


According to a 1996 National Intelligence Organization (MİT) report, Turkish prime minister Tansu Çiller gave minister Ayvaz Gökdemir, police chief Mehmet Ağar, İbrahim Şahin, and Korkut Eken the green light to install Ebulfeyz Elçibey as president.[5][10] Elçibey was an ideological ally of Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) politician Alparslan Türkeş, who harbored aspirations of creating a Turkic state stretching across the Caucasus. Türkeş' support of the coup attempt also provoked a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Azerbaijan, and the latter country officially requested a statement refuting the section of the report dealing with the attempted coup.[11]

The 1996 Susurluk report (following the Susurluk scandal) said that Prime Minister Çiller's chief counselors, Acar Okan and Süleyman Kamil Yüceoral, were involved in the coup attempt. Susurluk Commission member Fikri Sağlar argued that the purpose of the coup was to secure the narcotics route, which started in Afghanistan. Sağlar pointed out that Yüceoral was involved in paying general Rashid Dostum in Afghanistan from a slush fund.[11]

Later press reports claimed that the Ergenekon gang, of which General Veli Küçük is a suspected member, was responsible for the coup attempt, indicating a relationship between Susurluk and Ergenekon.[12]



  1. de Waal 2003, p. 252.
  2. 2.0 2.1 de Waal 2003, p. 295.
  3. (HRFT 1998, p. 48)
  4. "Bu oyunun adı üç maymunlar" (in Turkish). Radikal. 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2008-12-29. "KGB'nin adamıyken CIA'ya kayan ve çok taraflı çalışmalarıyla dikkat çeken Ruşen Cevadov'a Azerbaycan'da darbe yaptırılmasına kalkışmaktır." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 (HRFT 1998, p. 49)
  6. Dönmez, Ahmet (2008-07-19). "Veli Küçük'ün komutanı Ergenekon: Vatan hainleri soyadımı kirletti" (in Turkish). Zaman. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  7. Arslan, Saban (2008-12-24). "Üzeyir Garih'in ipi Aliyev'e darbe planında çekildi" (in Turkish). Yeni Şafak. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  8. Aslaneli, Hakan; Yoruk, Zafer F (1996-11-06). "'Traffic Monster' reveals state-mafia relations". Turkish Daily News. Hürriyet. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  9. Los Angeles Times, 18 March 1995, Azerbaijan Coup Attempt Crushed Caucasus: Loyal forces storm a building and overcome mutinous police units, president reports.
  10. Savumlu, Serpil; Doğan, Şahin (2006-11-04). "Susurluk’tan 10 yıl sonra" (in Turkish). Evrensel. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 (HRFT 1998, p. 50)
  12. "Report: Garih’s execution warrant issued in 1995". Today's Zaman. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2008-12-26. "This was at a time when the Ergenekon organization was trying to overthrow late Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev and reinstate Elçibey, who was ousted in 1993 in a coup d'état." 

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