On September 4, Nazir Hasanov, a 57-year-old resident of Azerbaijan’s central Ucar district and veteran of the first Karabakh war of the early 1990s attempted suicide by setting himself on fire in his own backyard. 80% of Hasanov’s body was burned, as a result of which he died a day later in a hospital.
According to Hasanov’s family, he committed suicide because his disability pension was terminated a year and a half ago, and he had not received a positive answer to his inquiries from the authorities since then. The General Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that an investigation has been launched at Ucar District Prosecutor’s Office in this matter.
Few days earlier, on September 1, another veteran – a Baku resident Ruslan Artayev who fought in the second Karabakh war of 2020, committed suicide by cutting his throat at his home. Artayev was pronounced dead, and an investigation was launched in this matter, too.
Since the end of the second Karabakh war, more than 50 war veterans in Azerbaijan have attempted suicide, 41 of which were fatal.