Azerbaijan Independence Days

Azerbaijan Independence Days

May 28; October 18
Azerbaijan observes two independence days. The May 28, 1918, establishment of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan provides the occasion for the older independence celebration. Two years later, Azerbaijan came under Soviet rule. By 1991, the growing perestroika (social and economic reform) movement in the former U.S.S.R. created the opportunity for Soviet republics to break free, which, one by one, they proceeded to do. Azerbaijan declared its intention to once again become an independent nation on August 30, 1991. Azerbaijan's new independence day commemorates the declaration of independence made by the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan on October 18, 1991. After the U.S.S.R. ceased to exist as a geopolitical entity in December 1991 (which became official on January 1, 1992), Azerbaijan became an official independent state on December 26, 1991.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
2741 34th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-337-3500; fax: 202-337-5911
www.azembassy.us
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 174 (c)
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