A province in northwestern Iran. Occupied by Soviet forces during World War II, a puppet government was established in May 1945, at which time contemporary Iranian stamps were overprinted for use.
In March 1946, Soviet troops withdrew, and Azerbaijan became an "autonomous" government. In December 1946, full Iranian administration was restored.
(Russian) (1919-24, 1992-)
With the breakup of the Soviet
Union, Azerbaijan again became independent and resumed issuing its own
stamps. An ongoing war with neighboring Armenia has drained the country,
but its large oil reserves promise eventual economic development and
prosperity. These reserves, and its strategic location in the region
make Azerbaijan the object of international attention, as it is courted
by Turkish, Iranian and Western interests.