In the village of Mirzoevka (Asoriqend), just a few kilometers north of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border in the Kverno-Kartli region of Georgia, exists a very diverse community where Armenians and Azerbaijanis co-exist peacefully. As opposed to Tsopi (another town where Armenians and Azeris live together), this town has a majority population of Armenians.
Kverno-Kartli, a predominantly Azeri region of Georgia, has around a dozen Armenian villages where Azeris live and attend Armenian schools and speak Armenian with their neighbours. The region also has Assyrians, Greeks, Mingrelians, Svans, Georgians etc.
The village was founded by Mirzoyev, a Baku Armenian Oil millionaire, for the Assyrians who moved to the Caucasus from Iran. In fact, the village’s old name ‘Asoriqend’ was Assyrian. Watch this lovely video to find out more about the village and its inhabitants!
Shades of Circassia
A Chechen woman dances with a rebel fighter in the centre of Grozny September 6 , celebrating the fifth anniversary of the declaration of Chechen independence and what they hope is the end of the bitter 20-month war with Russia. Chechen separatist leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev said Friday that President Boris Yeltsin’s health was a problem for Russia but not for Chechnya which he considers an independent state.
The First Chechen War, the culmination of escalating tensions between the Soviet Union and the independence-minded people of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (who, upon their official split from the USSR in 1993, renamed their de facto independent state the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria), came to a deafening conclusion at the Battle of Grozny. Although theirs was the winning side, between 50,000 and 100,000 Chechen civilians and 17,000 Chechen soldiers are estimated to have perished in the conflict—this in comparison to the 161 Russian civilians and nearly 6,000 Russian soldiers who lost their lives.
I’m afraid you’ll have to take that up with Franz Bopp! And some other people too like Thomas Young but Thomas Young isn’t nearly as cool and exotic a name as Franz Bopp
Thank you for this message! From what I’ve read (and I haven’t read much—that post was based on about 30 minutes of internet research), the protests that led up to the pogrom were intensified by the arrival of Azerbaijanis who’d fled Armenia, and by the stories of persecution and anti-Azerbaijani violence they told. I haven’t (yet) seen anything that indicates the majority of the perpetrators were refugees, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true, just that I haven’t read the same things you have. If you’d like to recommend reading on the subject, I’d be happy to share that on this blog.
I have heard that Azerbaijanis protected their Armenian neighbors, and warned them of the upcoming massacre. This happens often during instances of senseless violence, when some who would logically align themselves with the perpetrators come to their senses. It happened during the genocide of Ottoman Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks, the Rwandan Genocide, the Holocaust, and countless other massacres and outright genocides, and it is incredibly important to acknowledge and honor. Again, thanks for this message!
Kids playing near an Armenian church | Flickr
Khor Virap is among the holiest of sites in the Armenian Apostolic Church, said to be built on the ruins of the prison of Saint Gregory the Illuminator—the man who, in the third century, brought Christianity to then-pagan Armenia. His father, Anak the Parthian, was accused of assassinating King Khosrov II of Armenia, and put to death. Gregory himself narrowly escaped capture and execution. He fled to Cappadocia, where he was raised in the Christian tradition. Many years later, Gregory returned to Armenia, hoping to restore his family’s honor and atone for his father’s crime by spreading the word of God. He was arrested soonafter at the order of the new king and Khosrov’s son, Tiridates III, and imprisoned in an underground cell in the shadow of Mount Ararat. After twelve long years, Gregory was called upon to cure Tiridates of insanity—which he did. Four years later, Gregory converted the king and his court to Christianity, and thereafter began the process of national conversion, baptizing Armenians in rivers en masse.
Radisson Blu Iveria: A Luxury Hotel That Became a Refugee Camp | Via
The Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel is located at the center of Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi. Built in 1967, it was Georgia’s finest hotel and a popular place to stay for its excellent location and sweeping views of the city. Then in the early 1990s, soon after the collapse and subsequent breakup of the USSR, civil war broke out in Georgia. Tbilisi was flooded with refugee ethnic Georgians coming in from the disputed territory of Abkhazia on the west of Georgia. More than 200,000 refugees poured into the city and the government was faced to deal with their reallocation. Many buildings in Tbilisi, including Hotel Iveria, were reallocated for housing the displaced. A thousand of them wound up in the hotel’s 22 floors where they would remain for the next ten years.
The hotel had been lying vacant at that time, unable to do business after the collapse of the Soviet Union and associated collapse of Georgia’s tourism industry. The monumental Soviet building that dominates the Georgian capital’s skyline became a pitiful sight, with broken windows patched up with cellophane, broken railings, crude plywood constructions on the balconies and a gaudy miscellany of washing hung everywhere.
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Museum of National Applied Art, Sheki, Azerbaijan | Walter Callens
A late-19th-century Russian church in unusual cylindrical form, built on the site of a 6th-century Caucasian Albanian original now hosts the Museum of National Applied Art. It displays fairly haphazard collections of Sheki crafts, including metalwork, pottery, and embroidery.
The image above shows what no longer exists—the pre-destruction site of Old Julfa cemetery.
The largest khachkar cemetary in the world was located in Jugha (or Julfa, located today in Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan). The numbers were vastly reduced from the approximately 20,000 (monasteries, churches, tombstones, khatchkars, other cultural artifacts) that once stood during Soviet times to a mere few thousand, and after independence, Azerbaijan began to systematically destroy them. After an international outcry, the destruction was halted a few years, until 2005 when the entire cemetery was bulldozed completely clear.
Artist Lusik Aguletsi, a Nakhichevan-born Armenian, also last visited the cemetery in 1987, although she was under escort.
“There is nothing like it in Armenia,” she said. “It was a thrilling sight. Two hills completely covered in khachkars. We weren’t allowed to draw or photograph them.”
Armenian experts now accuse Azerbaijan of a deliberate act of cultural vandalism.
“The destruction of the khachkars of Old Jugha means the destruction of an entire phenomenon in the history of humanity, because they are not only proof of the culture of the people who created them, they are also symbols that tell us about a particular cultural epoch,” said Hranush Kharatian, head of the Armenian government’s department for national and religious minorities.
“On the entire territory of Nakhichevan there existed 27,000 monasteries, churches, khachkars, tombstones and other Armenian monuments,” said Aivazian. “Today they have all been destroyed.”
Although the historical provenance of the cemetery is disputed in Azerbaijan, its cultural importance is confirmed by the 1986 Azerbaijani book “The Architecture of Ancient and Early Medieval Azerbaijan” by Davud Akhundov, which contains several photographs of the cross-stones of Jugha.
Between 1998 and 2006 the entire cemetery was destroyed. The various stages of the destruction process have been documented by photographic and video evidence taken from the Iranian side of the border. Government and state officials of Azerbaijan have denied that any destruction has taken place, stating that an Armenian cemetery never existed on the site and that Armenians have never lived in Julfa. Azerbaijan has, to date, refused neutral observers access to the site. (Gee, you think they’re hiding something?) The European Parliament has formally called on Azerbaijan to stop the demolition as a breach of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. According to its resolution regarding cultural monuments in the South Caucasus, the European Parliament “condemns strongly the destruction of the Julfa cemetery as well as the destruction of all sites of historical importance that has taken place on Armenian or Azerbaijani territory, and condemns any such action that seeks to destroy cultural heritage.” (Yet they did absolutely nothing to stop the destruction). In 2006, Azerbaijan barred the European Parliament from inspecting and examining the ancient site, stating that by passing the previously-mentioned resolution the Parliament had committed a hostile act against Azerbaijan. The Institute for War and Peace Reporting reported on April 19, 2006 that “there is nothing left of the celebrated stone crosses of Jugha.”
Image: 517design, view rest of set (taken from 1903-1987)
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