CHAPTER 22 INFORMATIONAL TERROR

At last the USSR signed the document of United Nations prohibiting violence and torture. The Danish physician, an expert of rehabilitation of the rights of those who had gone through all kinds of tortures Inge Genefke declared, that the practice of violence was only formally prohibited in the USSR. She innumerated all the tortures that she had witnessed herself in Azerbaijan;

“The modern hangmen have discovered that humiliation can innihilate a person more successfully and quickly than the physical sufferings. First of all a prisoner ceases to respect himself, because of the lost dignity. There is a large choice of means of torture; from rape to mockery, when the victim is being forced to eat his own excrement or watch his relatives being tortured. In the course of humiliation the victim witnesses the arrest of the members of his family, then undergoes prison tortures in the end being forced to sign a document testifying that he has not been abused”.

There were thousands of such cases in Karabakh. As many eye witnesses testified, it had become customary in Azarbaijan to “obtain a chiep Armenian militant” (a peaceful local teacher or a peasant) and after publicly making fun of him and turturing, kill him or sell profitably. The preservation of the human rights is one of the achievements of the modern civiliation and it considers that the violation of those rights can’t be “the internal affair” of a country. Genocide is one of the most dangerous crimes against humanity and on this grounds Karabakh ought to be an open zone for many human rights activists to visit and see everything themselves.

“No republic can orientate towards another republic or towards the West. Technically it’s impossibly. We tried to apply this in Azerbaijan and failed”.

This words belonged to Mutalibov. Of course, he hoped that the establishment of a collective unit of security was impossible. In fact the mentioned system could prevent the mankind from the slaughters organized by Stalin, Hitler, Hussein…

The Russo-Iranian treaty pointing out Karabakh’s entry to Russia was not a “temporary” agreement, but an “eternal” one, and not for once it was ratified with the blood of the Karabakh people. The later Bolshevik decisions on Karabakh could be considered as lawful as the pact Molotov-Ribbent rop. The Russo-Persian treaty of 1913 had never been annulled.

The fundamental solution of the Karabakh problem will take a lot of time but the refugees from the 24 Armenian villages demanded quick solutions to their problems. Those people had not migrated to America, and not even to Armenia but were wandering around their native lands, which were constantly bombarded by the Azerbaijani OMON. The bloodshed was in process. Karabakh was the only land in the world being blockaded and besieged in late twentieth century. And this fact aroused a suspicion, was the August putch really suppressed in the Soviet Union, or was it done only in Moscow and not in other places where the situation was as explosive as in Moscow and the whole country was on the verge of a civil war?

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