CHAPTER 22 INFORMATIONAL TERROR

Mention should be made that an Armenian kingdom was called “greater” just to distinguish it from others; Armenia Minor and Armenias I, II, III, IY. The procurator and the reporter were only trying to justify the deportations of Getashen, Martunashen, blaming the “Armenian terrorists”, who “made the peaceful Armenian villagers quarrel with their neighbours” and thus “persuaded them to leave the land which had welcomed their ancestors”.5

The Azerbaijani authors seem to like the idea of not only the Armenians being guests on their own lands, but also of the Lezgis, Avarians, Utiks, Talishes, Tats, Tsakhurs and Tebassaranians.

The Azerbaijani authors had published another book; “Undeclared War”, where as well as in the “Armenian Terrorism”, the incident which took place in the Azerbaijani village Gharadaghlu was described in false colours. In 1988 an Azerbaijani man had killed his brother in that village. The latters wife, taking revenge on her brother-in-law, burnt his house. This act was blamed on Armenian terrorists, though the reporter of the newspaper “Megapolis Express” A. Praznikov wrote clearly the truth about the incident. It was in no way surprising that the procurator confirmed the participation of the “Armenian terrorists” in a number of similar events.

No mention was made of the other minorities of Azerbaijan, like Lezgis, Talishes and Kurds, who didn’t belong to their lands in their identify cards told that they were “Azerbaijanis”. The November 20, 1991 air-crash, when twenty Azerbaijani officials were killed Ismet Gayibov among them, was blamed on the “Armenian terrorists too”. This served as a pretext to send new divisions of militants against Karabakh. The Central mass media sided either with the Azerbaijanis or the Armenians.

But later the Azerbaijani press alluded to the confrontation between the Popular Front and the President which had led to the aircrash with twenty victims. It was difficult to confirm that the Karabakh self-defence forces were not connected with that matter in any way, but there was no evidence against them and in addition, the president A. Mutalibov and his adherents pointed at the Popular Front and blamed them.

However the Popular Front of Azerbaijan was gradually gaining popularity because of its tough stand on Nagorny Karabakh, while the careers of many prominent Azerbaijani politicians, including the president Hyaz Mutalibov were coming to an end because of their failure to assert Azerbaijani control over the region. In several cases the Popular Front secretly helped the Karabakh forces to give blows to Mutalibov’s regime, which would enable them to come to power. This aim was realized on June 7, 1992, when Abulfaz Elchibei, the leader of the Popular Front was voted President in a popular election.

Not only the Popular Front, but Ayaz Mutalibov too had tried to cooperate with Karabakh on his way to power. It was clear that the Azerbaijani political parties and their leaders were making the better use of the Karabakh problem.

Robert Arakelov’s “Mountainous Karabakh. The Founders of the Tragedy are Known”, published by the “Shargard” in 1991 in Russian, is an abundant source of rumours about the activists of the Karabakh movement.

Unable to take his family out of Baku after the January 1990 pogroms, the author himself moved to Turkmenia, then to Yerevan and Stepanakert, where handed his slanderous work over to the “Afghanistan and Karabakh hangman” V. Polianichko in return for the freedom of his family.

The book was obviously the result of the collective efforts of the Azerbaijani researchers. The introduction declared the Karabakh movement to be “a provocation, opposing to all international laws and rights and to the Constitution of the country”.7 The Baku pogroms were blamed on the extremists of Armenia.8 What happened to Arakelov later, is unknown. He might be murdered or lead a peaceful life in quiet place of Turkey or Azerbaijan.

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