Deportations of Azerbaijanis

Over 90,000 foreign Armenians replaced deported Azerbaijanis


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)


Order that deported 100,000 Azerbaijanis from Armenia


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. 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.

Over 450 houses of Azerbaijani IDPs damaged in Armenian shelling

More than 450 houses owned by Azerbaijani internally displaced persons were damaged as a result of the shelling by Armenian armed forces in April, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of State Committee on Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov said on Tuesday.

Muslims expelled from Iravan and Daralayaz regions were replaced by Armenians brought by Andranik


In the early XX century, the best part of the Azerbaijani population were expelled from the present-day territory of Armenia following the ethnic conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis and as a result of the ethnic cleansing carried out by Armenian nationalists. In mid 1918, the Armenian armed groups led by Andranik played a significant role in the destruction of the Muslim villages in Zangazur as well as in the ethnic cleansing of the region.

Azerbaijanis deportation from West Azerbaijan


In December 18, 1997 Heydar Aliyev, Azerbaijan Republic President signed special decree of “Azerbaijanis mass deportation from their historical-ethnical lands of Armenia SSR within 1948-1953”. Let’s trace back stages of Azerbaijanis deportation, eviction and genocide in historical succession.