Ar­me­nia fails to fight cor­rup­tion

Azer News - - Front Page - By Fuad Mux­tar-Aqba­bali,

It is no se­cret that cor­rup­tion re­mains one of the main prob­lems of Ar­me­nia and key ob­sta­cle for its de­vel­op­ment. In­stead, how­ever, the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment does not seem very both­ered by it.

Ar­me­nia’s in­de­pen­dence re­mains in limbo with all state and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions in dis­ar­ray and filled with re­sent­ment and en­mity against Azer­bai­jan. When the Soviet Union fell, Ar­me­nia did not miss the op­por­tu­nity to push yet for an­other phase of in­ter­ven­tion against Azer­bai­jani lands that has re­sulted in the cur­rent state. Ar­me­ni­ans en­croached on lands, whose na­tives back in early XIX cen­tury dis­played hospi­tal­ity and gave refuge, shared bread and salt with those moved to Azer­bai­jani lands to sow the seeds of cur­rent en­mity and ag­gres­sion.

At­tack­ing vil­lages and towns, the Ar­me­nian mil­i­tary did not only kill in­no­cent peo­ple but also pur­sued a scorched-earth strat­egy de­signed to make ar­eas un­liv­able for in­hab­i­tants. To­day ev­ery town and vil­lage in the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani lands has been to­tally flat­tened. There is hardly a build­ing with a roof left on it. Empty dis­tricts, vil­lages with all the houses and fa­cil­i­ties, pocked by gun­fire and ar­tillery, lie in ruin. Atroc­i­ties car­ried out against civil­ians ex­plain su­prem­a­cist mind-set of Ar­me­ni­ans. The whole of Nagorno-Karabakh and sur­round­ing dis­tricts have been razed to the ground.

How­ever, Ar­me­ni­ans also left their bar­baric trace on Azer­bai­jani mon­u­ments of ar­chi­tec­ture in the an­cient city of Ira­van, now Yere­van - cap­i­tal of Ar­me­nia. This city was handed over to Ar­me­ni­ans 99 years ago to turn it to the cap­i­tal city. Since then, all the mon­u­ments of the Azer­bai­jani ar­chi­tec­ture were wiped off the face of the earth in the present-day Ar­me­nia.

Ar­me­nia has been turned into the mono-eth­nic coun­try in the Cau­ca­sus, and this is non­sense against the back­ground of a col­or­ful eth­nic map of the Cau­ca­sus, where even neigh­bor­ing vil­lages speak dif­fer­ent lan­guages. Sur­rounded on four sides by multi­na­tional Iran, Turkey, Ge­or­gia and Azer­bai­jan, the mono-eth­nic Ar­me­nia looks like a stain, which is an un­de­ni­able proof of the past eth­nic cleans­ings against the Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion there.

And to­day this coun­try, where there is not a sin­gle Turk, or an Azer­bai­jani, ac­cuses neigh­bor­ing Turkey of geno­cide of Ar­me­ni­ans, while tens of thou­sands of Turk­ish ci­ti­zens of Ar­me­nian ori­gin and the same num­ber of il­le­gal im­mi­grants from Ar­me­nia work and pros­per safely in Turkey. More­over, Ar­me­nia has ter­ri­to­rial claims on Turkey, if only be­cause Ararat Moun­tain in east­ern Turkey flaunts its coat of arms, and this con­fuses mil­lions of peo­ple who mis­tak­enly think that Ararat is in Ar­me­nia, though this is a moun­tain in Turkey and this fact is al­ready shout­ing about Ar­me­nia’s forgery.

Such forg­eries are many in history, in cul­ture, in the cook­ing of Ar­me­nia and un­for­tu­nately, mil­lions of peo­ple be­come vic­tims of this kind of counterfeit facts, pri­mar­ily due to TV sta­tions and all other me­dia out­lets. The prob­lem is that the largest Rus­sian TV chan­nels and oth­ers around the world do not even sus­pect which net­work of lies they fall and take at face value the purest Ar­me­nian forgery.

A new phase of van­dal­ism and ob­nox­ious eth­nic cleans­ing against Azer­bai­jani mon­u­ments and to­ponyms in Soviet Ar­me­nia was kicked off in 1946 at the hands of the Soviet Rus­sia. It was si­mul­ta­ne­ous and to­tal oblit­er­a­tion of ab­so­lutely all signs of Azer­bai­ja­nis: peo­ple, to­ponyms, ar­chi­tec­ture and history, to name a few.

The eth­nic cleans­ing of place names rep­re­sented the process of chang­ing Azer­bai­jani to­ponyms into Ar­me­nian ones, and this process lasted un­til the be­gin­ning of the XXI cen­tury. In or­der to see this, it is enough to look at the Soviet en­cy­clo­pe­dic dic­tionary, for ex­am­ple, Hraz­dan used to be called Zangi, Stepana­van – Calaloglu.

The fa­mous Lake Se­van - Goyca, which means "beau­ti­ful" in Azer­bai­jan, and the city of Stepanakert, now un­der oc­cu­pa­tion of Ar­me­nian hawk­ish na­tion­al­ists, was his­tor­i­cally called Xankandi, a vil­lage of a khan - no­ble man - in Azer­bai­jani.

What is good is that this in­for­ma­tion is pre­served in en­cy­clo­pe­dias and the ba­sic role in this re­gard was played by the fact that af­ter the abo­li­tion of the Ira­van khanate and the cre­ation of the Ar­me­nian re­gion in early 1829, Gen Paske­vich in­structed the col­le­giate asses­sor Chopin to con­duct a cen­sus of the pop­u­la­tion of the Ar­me­nian re­gion. This cen­sus showed the nu­mer­i­cal su­pe­ri­or­ity of the Azer­bai­jani pop­u­la­tion over the Ar­me­ni­ans. Also thanks to this, Azer­bai­jani to­ponyms were pre­served; oth­er­wise they would have been un­am­bigu­ously de­stroyed with­out a trace in the Soviet Ar­me­nia.

The eth­nic cleans­ing of Azer­bai­ja­nis started in 1828 af­ter the mass mi­gra­tion of Ar­me­ni­ans from Iran and Turkey to Ira­van, Nax­ci­van and Karabakh khanates. Im­me­di­ately, in his most gen­uine note to the em­peror, Gri­boye­dov drew his at­ten­tion to bul­ly­ing of the lo­cal Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion.

The la­tent geno­cide of Azer­bai­ja­nis con­tin­ued even af­ter Soviet Ar­me­nia was es­tab­lished on the na­tive Azer­bai­jani lands in Novem­ber 1920. And in 1947 and 1948, two edicts of Soviet tyrant Stalin were is­sued "on the de­por­ta­tion of Azer­bai­ja­nis from their his­tor­i­cal lands". This was an un­prece­dented case for the USSR, and that's why un­der Stalin, whole na­tions that seemed un­re­li­able to “the leader of the peo­ples” were de­ported to Siberia.

As for Azer­bai­ja­nis, they were not all guilty, but only those who lived in Ar­me­nia, and not those in Azer­bai­jan, or in Ge­or­gia. And this means that the heads of the com­mu­nist regime de­lib­er­ately purged Ar­me­nia from the Azer­bai­ja­nis. An­other unique fact is that Ar­me­nia was the only repub­lic where, in con­trast to all other re­publics, the sec­ond sec­re­tary of the cen­tral com­mit­tee of the party was not an eth­nic Rus­sian, but an Ar­me­nian though the sec­ond per­son in the lead­er­ship of the USSR was Anas­tas Mikoyan. This sig­nif­i­cantly weak­ened the Krem­lin su­per­vi­sion and thanks to this, even in the Soviet Ar­me­nia where only Ar­me­ni­ans were in power un­con­trol­lably flour­ished van­dal­ism and eth­nic cleans­ing of Azer­bai­ja­nis was car­ried out sys­tem­at­i­cally.

As for the eth­nic cleans­ing of ar­chi­tec­ture, to­day there is no an­cient Azer­bai­jani city of Ira­van - there is the cap­i­tal of Ar­me­nia - Yere­van, the new city that has lost its in­di­vid­u­al­ity. Hawk­ish Ar­me­nian na­tion­al­ism is dan­ger­ous be­cause it can de­stroy other's cen­turies-old cul­ture. The Ar­me­nian na­tion­al­ists are dan­ger­ous be­cause they are able to draw third coun­tries into their provo­ca­tions against Azer­bai­jan.

In the mean­time, facts are stronger than the Ar­me­nian lies and provo­ca­tions and namely his­tor­i­cal facts, an­cient sources and ge­o­graph­i­cal maps prove that such a coun­try as Ar­me­nia has never ex­isted in the Cau­ca­sus be­fore. That is why an­cient chron­i­clers called their works not "History of Ar­me­nia" but "History of Ar­me­ni­ans". It was in the Soviet times when the history of the newly-formed in 1920 Ar­me­nian repub­lic was in­vented. They be­gan to fal­sify names of these chron­i­cles and pub­lish them with a dis­torted ti­tle, like "History of Ar­me­nia".

For these fal­si­fi­ca­tions, the so­called his­tor­i­cal science of of­fi­cial Yere­van dif­fers rad­i­cally from the ar­menol­ogy of Europe and of the USA. Western schol­ars of even Ar­me­nian ori­gin, un­like the sci­en­tists of the Repub­lic of Ar­me­nia, rely solely on those cred­i­ble doc­u­ments that are con­trary to the in­ter­ests of the Ar­me­nian coun­ter­feit­ers. Amer­i­can ar­me­nol­o­gists ad­her­ing to the truth in their writ­ings con­sider Ana­to­lia the ter­ri­tory of Turkey, which the world is ac­cus­tomed to call Ar­me­nia, and for this rea­son, in mod­ern Ar­me­nia, in­flu­en­tial U.S. pro­fes­sors are sub­jected to se­vere ob­struc­tion.

The ge­o­graph­i­cal con­cept of Ar­me­nia has al­ways ap­plied only to Mi­nor Asia, and not to the Cau­ca­sus, and this his­tor­i­cal truth con­cealed un­der heaps of fal­si­fi­ca­tions must be brought home to the world com­mu­nity.

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