It would be good to believe that no such thing would take place, that it was high time to take tough measures aimed at establishing law and order in the vast country. Not a minute should be lost.12

Andrei Nuikin defended the Karabakh right to self-determination, remaining objective and just. Andrei Sakharov was for that right too. Not once he repeated; “I am for the victim, the Karabakh Armenians are victims of unjustice”.

Another Nobel Prize Winner, A. Solzhenitsin, who too was an active defendent of the minority rights, wrote;

“The ingenius Ilyich I (Lenin) considered the frontier problems not even secondary, but the tenth. Karabakh was carved up, given to Azerbaijan, no matter within which country, the most important thing at that moment was to please the close friend of the Soviets – Turkey”.13

Nuikins article aroused a lot of excitement on Azerbaijan. Indeed the Russian righter had shot at the softest spot of Azerbaijan – pointing out that F. Mamedova’s, Z. Buniatov’s, G. Geyushev’s, Akhundov’s, Karaev’s and others attempts to invent an Azerbaijani past through “Albanization” of Armenian medieval monuments was unsuccessful. In his hatred towards Nuikin’s diary F. Mamedova wrote;

“Nuikins unawareness in the Karabakh problem and his open hatred towards the Azerbaijani nation as an inferior ethnos, is evident.”14

Of course, she exaggerated the facts, as Nuikin had never touched ethnical problems. F. Mamedova showed the edge of her tongue towards G. Starovoitova too, whose speeches were “unfavourable” to the Azerbaijani circles.

Concluding her article about the “brave Nuikin”, F. Mamedova once again repeated that “From IV century BC till the YIII century AD the territory of Armenian SSR and Karabakh belonged to the Albanian State (historical Azerbaijan) and from the ninth century till 1805-1813 it constantly belonged to the Azerbaijani lords and in 1920 the Yerevanian district (the former Azerbaijani Khanate of Yerevan) became the Armenian SSR…”15

F. Mamedova’s considerations suggest that there existed neither Iran, nor Armenia.

The Iranian Atropateni-Azarbaijan bordered by the Arax river in the North always existed and exists. Today exists the Azerbaijani Republic too, with its Baku centre, founded in 1918. But nobody has the right to exercise historical falsification aiming at political and diplomatic benefits.

The Azerbaijani propaganda and its influence on the Centre led to neutralizing of the leaders of the Karabakh movement. The beheaded movement was expected to die gradually. But the opposite took place. The movement was gaining strength. If its former leader A. Manucharov accepted only the constitutional struggle, the new leaders were sure that the Azerbaijani pressure couldn’t be overcome without a radical struggle.

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