Riad Ahmadov

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Riad Ahmadov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan on 20 December 1956, and was awarded the decoration National Hero of Azerbaijan by the President of Azerbaijan for his part in Nagorno-Karabakh war.

He was a KGB-trained military officer who led a Special Intelligence Unit in the Nagorno-Karabakh battles.

Riad started as a laboratory assistant at the Judicial Examination Institute of the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan SSR.

He subsequently joined the Department of Preparation of the Law Drafts and Systematizing of Legislation of the same ministry, and served as a senior counselor at the Human Resources Department of the Ministry of Justice.

During his service at the Ministry of Justice he was discovered and recruited to the state’s security system in 1981.

In that year he attended the Higher School of the Soviet Committee for State Security (also known as KGB) in Minsk and completed his training at the Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov KGB Academy in Moscow.

Promoted to the post of the deputy head of the Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 1992.

Riad Ahmadov was awarded several citations for “Faultless Professional Activity and Achievements”. In 1988 he was awarded the Jubilee Medal “70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR.”

On January 25, 1992, R.Ahmadov, who distinguished with his personal courage in the battles for the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh, was missed in the “Dashalti Operation”.

Riad Ahmadov has been greatly appreciated in his country for his patriotic duty and sacrifice. Having schools and vessels named after him, and books written about him, Riad Ahmadov’s name continues to serve as an inspiration and pride for many.

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