By Thomas de Waal
Selection amazing educational name 2003Black backyard is the definitive research of the way Armenia and Azerbaijan, southern Soviet republics, obtained sucked right into a clash that helped carry them to independence, bringing to an finish the Soviet Union, and plaguing a area of significant strategic value. It cuts among a cautious reconstruction of the background of Nagorny Karabakh clash on the grounds that 1988 and on-the-spot reporting on its convoluted aftermath. half modern historical past, half commute publication, half political research, the publication is predicated on six months touring during the south Caucasus, greater than a hundred and twenty unique interviews within the zone, Moscow, and Washington, and exact fundamental resources, similar to Politburo records. The historic chapters hint how the clash lay unresolved within the Soviet period; how Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders exacerbated it; how the Politiburo didn't focus on the challenge; how the battle all started and ended; how the overseas group didn't tackle the clash. What emerges is a fancy and sophisticated portrait of a pretty and interesting sector, blighted through old prejudice and clash.
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The next day an estimated 300,000 gathered, and a transport strike was declared in Yerevan. The mass meetings were not reported in the Soviet media, but news of them got back to Moscow and reached Western reporters. Russian human rights activists, including the best-known dissident in the Soviet Union, An drei Sakharov, expressed a rather simplistic support for the Armenian protestors. On Thursday, 25 February, there were perhaps close to a million people on the streets of Yerevan, or more than a quarter of the popula tion of Armenia.
Many of them had been beaten. ” The full story of these early refugee ﬂows has not been told, largely because the Azerbaijani authorities did their best to suppress infor mation about them. In Armenia, Aramais Babayan, who was second secretary of Kafan’s Party committee at the time, says that he did not recollect any Azerbaijanis leaving the region before February. ” Babayan declares that on one occasion he crossed into Azerbaijan to try to persuade the Azerbaijanis who had left to come back to Kafan: “Earlier we had traveled freely.
They had three groups. ” The FEBRUARY 1988: AZERB AIJAN: PUZZLEMENT AND POGROMS 35 pogromshchiki were easy to identify, he declared. They were either rural folk, often with beards—refugees from Armenia—or workers from the overcrowded hostels on the edge of Sumgait. They were all young, ranging in age from fourteen to their early thirties. Khacharian and his family had ﬂed their apartment. ” Otherwise they were unscathed. Maria Movseyan, an old lady wearing a turquoise blouse, wept as she recalled a worse trauma.
Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War by Thomas de Waal
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