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Hero of the Patriotic War
Vətən Müharibəsi Qəhrəmanı
Hero of the Patriotic War medal of Azerbaijan.webp
Hero of the Patriotic War Medal
Type Individual Award
Status Active
Statistics
Established 26 November 2020
Precedence
Next (higher) none
Next (lower) National Hero of Azerbaijan
AZ Hero of the Patriotic War medal ribbon.png

The Hero of the Patriotic War (Azerbaijani language: Vətən Müharibəsi Qəhrəmanı) is the highest title in Azerbaijan. The title was created by the law "Regulations on the title of "Hero of the Patriotic War" of the Republic of Azerbaijan" dated 26 November 2020 and the decree of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev dated 1 December 2020.[1] It was established on the occasion of Azerbaijan being the victor in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. Its recipient is also awarded with the Hero of the Patriotic War Medal.[2]

The title of Hero of the Patriotic War is conferred by the President of Azerbaijan on his own initiative, or on the proposal of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Border Service, the State Security Service, and the Foreign Intelligence Service of Azerbaijan. This title can only be awarded once. The Heroes of the Patriotic War enjoy the benefits established by law.[3]

History[]

Awarding[]

On 9 December, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev signed a decree to award 83 servicemen, 34 of them posthumously with the title of the Hero of the Patriotic War. The awardees included Hikmat Mirzayev, the commander of the special forces, Ilham Mehdiyev, the deputy chief of the State Border Service, as well as the officers Namig Islamzadeh, Kanan Seyidov, and Zaur Mammadov.[4]

Status[]

The title of Hero of the Patriotic War is the highest title in Azerbaijan. Previously, the title of National Hero of Azerbaijan was the highest title in the country.[5] The title is awarded for "military merits in the complete defeat of the enemy, as well as high professionalism in the management of military operations or personal heroism in the restoration of the state borders of Azerbaijan". The Hero of the Patriotic War is awarded a special distinction, the Hero of the Patriotic War Medal.[2][6]

Recipients[]

References[]

  1. Aliyev, Ilham (1 December 2020). ""Azərbaycan Respublikasının "Vətən Müharibəsi Qəhrəmanı" adının təsis edilməsi haqqında" Azərbaycan Respublikasının 2020-ci il 26 noyabr tarixli 205-VIQ nömrəli Qanununun tətbiqi barədə Azərbaycan Respublikası Prezidentinin Fərmanı" (in az). President.az. Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan. https://president.az/articles/48253. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Парламент Азербайджана утвердил в первом чтении законопроект об учреждении новых орденов и медалей Отечественной войны" (in ru). Armiya.az. 20 November 2020. http://armiya.az/ru/news/166994. 
  3. Aliyev, Ilham (1 December 2020). "Azərbaycan Respublikasının "Vətən Müharibəsi Qəhrəmanı" adı haqqında ƏSASNAMƏ" (in az). President.az. Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan. https://president.az/articles/48251. 
  4. "Bu hərbçilərə Vətən Müharibəsi Qəhrəmanı adı verildi" (in az). Axar.az. 9 December 2020. https://axar.az/news/toplum/521963.html. 
  5. "Azərbaycanın ən ali fərqlənmə dərəcəsi - "Vətən Müharibəsi Qəhrəmanı"" (in az). Sabah.az. 20 November 2020. https://sabah.az/?name=xeber&news_id=10540. 
  6. Garib, Said (9 December 2020). "Bir sıra hərbi qulluqçulara "Vətən Müharibəsi Qəhrəmanı" adı verildi" (in az). Report Information Agency. http://armiya.az/ru/news/166994. 
  7. "Flag of victory at parade in Baku". https://report.ge/en/amp/world/flag-of-victory-at-parade-in-baku/. 



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