Artsakh Foreign Minister David Babayan’s Comment to News.am Agency on the Demolition of Monuments to Heroes of the Great Patriotic War in Settlements Occupied by Azerbaijan

12.03.2021

Azerbaijan’s policy in the occupied territories of Artsakh does not differ from that of any other occupier or invader: the cultural heritage is destroyed and property looted. However, here clearly expressed geopolitical inclinations are also evident. Particularly, monuments dedicated to individuals that had immense contribution in the victory of the Soviet Union against the redemption of humanity from Fascism (Brown Plague) are actively eradicated. 

The town of Shushi saw the destruction of the monument to Nelson Stepanyan, twice hero of the Soviet Union, a famous military pilot, whose merits and deeds are inscribed in golden letters in the annals of the Great Patriotic War.

A few days ago another monument to a legendary individual, the Minister of Non-Ferrous Metallurgy of the USSR, Deputy-Chairman of the Council of Ministers, the Soviet envoy to Japan, Ivan Fyodorovich Tevosyan met  the same fate. It is exactly thanks to Tevosyan that the USSR was able to evacuate the industry from the western regions to Ural without significant losses, in the absence of which it would have been impossible to set up and maintain efficient logistics in the rear and win the war. Tevosyan  also played a key role  in the USSR’s nuclear project.

The monuments of great marshals Baghramyan and Babajanyan were destroyed in the town of Chardakhlu, the hometown of these prominent commanders of the Great Patriotic War. The merits of great Armenians Tevosyan and Baghramyan are so immense that their bodies are put to rest inside the wall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.

Likewise, the same fortune fell upon the statues dedicated to the soviet marshall of aviation  Sergey Alexandrovitch Khudyakov in the town of Mets Tagher; the founding father of the Soviet air defence system, Colonel General Sergey Sardarov in the town of Azokh; and Admiral Hovhannes Isakov in the same Hadrut.region.

The listed examples clearly show the Pan-Turkic nature of the actions of Azerbaijani authorities. The eradication of the memory of people that fought against fascism is nothing but promotion of fascism. All this  is directed not only and not as much against the Armenian people but against all  the countries that took part and won in the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War at the cost of  millions of lives, and, first of all, it is directed against Russia.  

However, the Azerbaijani authorities do not spare excuses to speak about Nzhdeh to divert attention, using every possible opportunity to launch unfounded attacks on the issue. Meanwhile, nearly every single monument of the Great Patriotic War was desecrated  in all the settlements  occupied during and after the second Karabakh War.  One of the most audacious of the cases was the desecration of the monument in the town of Avetaranots.

It is our duty to once again draw the attention of the international community to these abhorrent displayals of vandalism and neofascism.

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