On November 20, 2009, hero of Karabakh liberation war Leonid Azgaldyan would celebrate his 67th birhday. In 1960, he entered Moscow Lomonosov University, Department of Physics. Later, he continued his education in Yerevan State University, receiving the qualification of radio-physicist. From the very first days of Karabakh movement, Azgaldyan was involved in national-liberation war. Since February 1990, he took command of Independence Army, organizing self-defense operations in several settlements, particularly, Vardenis, and fighting in the first line during Nuvadi battles. Totally devoting himself to Karabakh liberation war, Azgaldyan fought in Getashen, Shahumyan and Martakert. In June 1991, he created “Liberation Army” military organization, and was its Commander-in-Chief till the end of his life. Leonid Azgaldyan died on June 21, 1992 in Martakert region, on the outskirts of Tonashen village. He was posthumously awarded with Armenian and NKR Military Cross First Degree Order.