Lachin District

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Lachin (Laçın) Rayon
Map of Azerbaijan showing Lacin rayon
Population: (Soviet census, 1989) 47,3391
(Official Azerbaijani data by January 1, 2009) 72,0002
Area (km2.): 1,840
Zip Code: AZ4100

Lachin (Azerbaijani: Laçın, Kurdish: Laçîn) is a rayon of Azerbaijan. The capital is the city of Lachin. The region has been controlled by the breakway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, as part of its Qashatagh Province, since the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Upon the capture of Lachin rayon, Armenian forces forcefully displaced its entire Azeri and Kurdish population3 and resettled the region with Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan, settlers from Armenia and ethnic Armenians from other countries apparently with promises of land, livestock and social benefits.34 The main land-link between Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, known as the Lachin corridor, crosses its territory. The Lachin Kurdish Republic was briefly proclaimed in 1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War for Kurdish inhabitants.

In the first half of 2011, 300 Armenian families were settled in Lachin 5

Kurdish autonomous district

Between 1923 to 1929,6 Lachin was established as the Kurdistan Uyezd, an autonomous Soviet district.


  1. ^ Official census in USSR, 1989
  2. ^ "The State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.". Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Gutman, Roy; Rieff, David; Anderson, Kenneth (1999). Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know. W. W. Norton and Co. p. 358. ISBN 0-393-31914-8. 
  4. ^ EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - Armenia’s Strategic Lachin Corridor Confronts a Demographic Crisis
  5. ^ "". 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  6. ^ (Russian) Russia and the problem of Kurds

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Coordinates: 39°38′0″N 46°33′0″E / 39.63333°N 46.55000°E / 39.63333; 46.55000

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