BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 7. Russians in
Azerbaijan are all the time able to defend their nation, as acknowledged by
the First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Community of Azerbaijan,
Anastasia Lavrina stated, Trend
She made the comment, commenting on the announcement by US
Secretary of State Antony Blinken about including Azerbaijan to a
‘watch checklist’ on spiritual freedom.
“I’m a Russian Azerbaijani. I’ve been residing within the nation
with the most important Russian group within the South Caucasus,
consisting of 120,000 ethnic Russians, for 33 years. In 2023, our
group celebrated its thirtieth anniversary,” Lavrina reminded. “Over
all these years, there has not been a single case of infringement
of rights primarily based on ethnicity or faith in Azerbaijan. We go to
church, have a good time our holidays, freely converse our language, and
sincerely love our homeland, Azerbaijan.”
Emphasizing the readiness of Russians residing in Azerbaijan to
defend the nation, she stated that this was brightly demonstrated
through the 2020 second Karabakh warfare, when representatives of all
ethnic teams united across the Supreme Commander-in-Chief,
President Ilham Aliyev.
“Together, we restored justice. The territorial integrity and
sovereignty of Azerbaijan have lastly been restored. Our united
folks did what the OSCE Minsk Group, which included the US, and
another worldwide group couldn’t do for over 30
years, turning a blind eye to the occupation of Azerbaijani
territories by Armenia,” the group’s consultant stated.
“The worldwide group was not involved in regards to the reality
that monuments of historical past, tradition, and faith had been destroyed on
the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. This consists of not solely
mosques but additionally Orthodox and Albanian church buildings that Armenian
occupiers both destroyed or rebuilt,” Lavrina famous.
“Destroyed partitions, piles of ruins, and the one surviving facade
of the Russian Orthodox Church in honor of the Transfiguration,
based in 1894 and positioned 13 km from the middle of Azerbaijan’s
Khojavend district. Over the years of occupation, Armenian armed
forces fully destroyed the sanctuary, demolished three
facades, and virtually dismantled the constructing into bricks,” she
Lavrina additionally talked about the Russian Orthodox Church in Talish
village in Azerbaijan’s Tartar district, close to which Armenian
occupiers constructed a army base.
“The temple constructing has no home windows, the roof collapsed in
a number of locations, and the partitions clearly present traces of bullets and
shells. During your entire interval of occupation, greater than 400
cultural, historic, and spiritual monuments had been destroyed in
Azerbaijani lands. Out of 67 mosques, 64 had been destroyed or
considerably broken and desecrated,” she famous.
“Meanwhile, an identical destiny befell historic Azerbaijani monuments
of historical past and tradition positioned on the territory of recent Armenia.
In the early twentieth century, greater than 300 mosques had been registered in
Armenia, and now solely the Blue Mosque has remained partially
intact, which is offered as ‘Persian’ because of adjustments in its
unique options,” Lavrina explained. “In the twentieth century,
Azerbaijanis had been massively deported from Armenia, and all materials
proof indicating the belonging of those lands to Azerbaijan was
She careworn that Azerbaijan as soon as initiated the restoration of
a number of Roman catacombs, historic frescoes, and historic manuscripts
from the Vatican Library.
“On the territory of Azerbaijan itself, there are Orthodox and
Albanian church buildings, synagogues, and even an Armenian church. Timely
restoration and fixed care have stored all of the buildings in correct
situation,” the group’s consultant identified.
“I want to advise Antony Blinken to take a look at actual examples
from the lives of assorted ethnic teams represented within the
democratic society of Azerbaijan earlier than referring to unverified
info ready by somebody unclear,” she added.
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