Falsification of the history, distortion of the historical facts and turning Armenia into a mono-ethnic state by changing the toponyms in the historical Azerbaijani lands are part of the aggressive policy of Armenia. In this way thousands of the Azerbaijani toponyms were erased from the map in Armenia in 1935-1989. After the election of M. Gorbachev Secretary-General of the Political Bureau of the CC CPSU in 1985, who sympathized the Armenians, activated the dreams of “Great Armenia”. Read more
250 thousand Azerbaijanis who lived in the territory of Armenia through the time of history, were all deported to their native lands and took shelter in Azerbaijan as the result of the last ethnical cleansing, carried out by Armenians in 1988-1992s. At the same time 50 thousand Meskheti Turks, exiled from the Central Asia in 1990s, took shelter in Azerbaijan.
The plan of forced deportation of Azerbaijanis from 126 settlements in Daghlig Garabagh which formed an integral part of Azerbaijan, was carried out since 1988. One of the most tragic acts was committed exactly during that period. The town of Khodjali with the population of 7,000 in Daghlig Garabagh, was razed to the ground by Armenian military forces with the support of Soviet troops. 613 peace residents were killed with special barbarism and cruelty, 150 people are reported missed. 1,000 peaceful residents became invalids of various categories, 1,275 persons – elderly persons, women, children were taken hostages and subjected to awful humiliation, oppression and torture.
20% of Azerbaijan lands – Daghlig Garabagh and adjacent 7 regions were occupied; 600 thousand compatriots were deprived of permanent residence and became internal displaced persons, taking shelter in 62 towns and regions, and more than 1,600 living stations of the republic, in result of military aggression of Armenian armed forces against our country since 1988.
Besides, more than 100 thousand compatriots had to leave borderline permanent living stations of the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, Agdjabadi, Agdam, Agstafa, Fuzuli, tartar, Goranboy, Gadabay, Gazakh and Tovuz, bordering with the Armenian Republic and Daghlig Garabagh, in the view of safety.
There are also 11 thousand persons, seeking for “refugee” status (shelter), in Azerbaijan. Majority of them is Russian citizens of Chechen origin, Afghans and persons from Iran, Irag, Palestine.
Thus, there are about million refugees, internal displaced persons and people seeking to get “refugee” status (shelter) in Azerbaijan at present.
During 1988-1992s 20 thousand Azerbaijanis perished, 100 thousand people wounde, 50 thousand became disabled of different categories in result of Armenian aggression.
During the conflict 4852 Azerbaijanis (including 54 children, 323 women and 410 elderly persons) missed, 1368 of them (including 169 children, 338 women and 286 elderly persons) were released from captivity, but 783 (including 18 children, 46 women and 69 elderly persons) are still kept in Armenia until now. According to the International Committee of Red Cross, 439 persons were captured.
It is impossible to calculate damage, caused by Armenian aggression to Azerbaijan national culture in Daghlig Garabagh and adjacent regions. Destroyed material and spiritual wealth is not only unexampled culture patterns of Azerbaijan, but also whole world. According to primary data, more than USD 60 billion damage were caused to Azerbaijan economy along with psychological shock.
During World War II the Armenian Dashnak leaders including Mikoyan “had sided with both powers for the sake of the “Great Armenia” idea. On the one hand, they believed in Hitler’s victory in the Transcaucasus and offered him the establishment of 2 states – the Armenian and Georgian states here. In this way they wanted to annex the lands of Azerbaijan. But on the other hand, if the victory will be on the Soviet Union side, they made a plan to annex Turkey’s Kars province and adjacent areas to Armenia. In both cases they attempted to deport Azerbaijanis from Transcaucasia to Central Asia and Siberia. Read more
After the World War II, especially during the “cold war” era, Moscow paid a special attention to immigration of representatives of various ethnicities into the country, using this for the propaganda of the alleged superiority of the socialist system.
Armenians took advantage of the situation alleging that a lot of Armenians wanted to move into Armenia but territories were insufficient and therefore, they raised with the Kremlin leadership the issue of relocating Azerbaijanis from their native lands to Azerbaijan. For its turn, Moscow immediately consented to this plan and throughout 1947-1953 years, over 150,000 Azerbaijanis were deported from lands where they lived for centuries. Over 90,000 Armenians were relocated to replace the deported Azerbaijanis.
Thus, the tradition of multiplying Armenians in the territories called “Armenia” continued with the help of relocating Armenians from abroad. The majority of the relocated Armenians settled in cities, while most of the villages of the deported Azerbaijanis remained empty. The key objective was not to prepare settlements for Armenians from abroad but to deport Azerbaijanis from there. The process continued under various pretexts during the Soviet empire.
In parallel with deportation of Azerbaijanis from territories called “Armenia”, Armenians were trying to realize their ungrounded claims on Nagorno-Karabakh. At the outset of 1960s, the relations between the Soviet empire and Turkey deteriorated, and Moscow kicked off large-scale anti-Turkish propaganda. Armenians took advantage of this situation and placed on the agenda the issue of self-styled “Armenian genocide” and renewed claims on Nagorno-Karabakh.
For the purpose of serving his fellow tribal members, A. Mikoyan, master of intrigues and a member of the then Kremlin leadership, raised the issue of annexation of Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia. Fearing this proposal might cause a danger for the empire and territorial claims might pop up in other regions, the Soviet government turned down this suggestion. Pointing at Armenians’ insidious intent, the Kremlin leader N. Khrushchev said that “I am ready to allocate 12,000 trucks” if Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians wanted to join Armenia.
In 1965, Armenians sent a new appeal with signatories of 45,000 people to Moscow, requesting annexation of Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia. At that time, emissaries from Yerevan were engaged in propaganda in Khankandi, trying to collect signatures. But despite all efforts of Armenians, the majority of Karabakh Armenians refused to sign the petition. The signatures under the petition dispatched to Moscow belonged mainly to Armenians living on territories called Armenia.
The Kremlin leadership did not react at all to this appeal. At the same time, Armenians were making attempts to instigate an ethnic conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Unlike Armenians’ claim on Nagorno-Karabakh, the “Armenian genocide” campaign was supported by the Soviet leadership. For the first time, Armenians widely marked this date in various parts of the Soviet empire, including in Yerevan.
The beginning of the on-going “genocide campaign” was initiated by the Kremlin leadership in 1965 to mark the 50th anniversary of the fictional events. True, Moscow was suspicious about this issue. Probably, the Soviet leadership did not even think of Armenians to drag this rotten idea out for such a long period.
From “’The Soviet period’ of Armenian claims” book (Baku, 2009, p.14-15)
A copy of the December 23, 1947 order of the USSR leader Joseph Stalin confirming the deportation of Azerbaijanis from their ancestral lands is circulated on social networks. Axar.az news agency reports that Stalin ordered the deportation of 100,000 Azerbaijanis from Armenia to Azerbaijan in 1948-1950s and settling Armenians from abroad in their vacant houses. Read more