The authors of the book, published in 2013, expert in Azerbaijani Studies Angela Elibegova and sociologist Armine Adibekyan had come today to share their ideas with the universitarians. The information of this book has been formed as a result of 5 years of work. The authors have studied Azerbaijani children’s, education, fiction literature, official statements, press publications, etc. Each of 19 chapters is a separate appropriate work.
“The historical review shows that Anti-Armenianism is not a new phenomenon in Azerbaijan, not a politics, practiced by their government today. It has been shaped right with the beginning of the century. We can see it in the works of various writers, intellectuals. The second phase is the Soviet period, and the third is after the collapse of the USSR when the Armenian massacres in Baku and Sumgait were organized,” - says Angela Elibegova.
The authors have also discussed another myth of the Azerbaijani propaganda - allegedly 30,000 Armenians live today in Azerbaijan. To deny this fact the experts have used the population census data, which states just about 600 Armenians. They have also referred to stigmatizing, according to which the Armenians are forced to hide their identity, to change their surnames to avoid physical revenge. In Azerbaijan it is officially prohibited to give children Armenian names, which is a violation of the rights of national minorities.
Studies have shown that they practice in Azerbaijan the following: if they want to remove some antigovernment person, they announce about his Armenian roots or ties with the Armenians, which is strongly condemned by the society.
The authors have also written in several chapters how the Vampire image of Armenians is propagated in their children’s literature and school textbooks: “Pictures are included, as if Armenians put children into the pipes and weld them or attach the hot boiler to the Azerbaijani back and so on. And of course, none of them has origin or justification,” - says Angela Elibegova.
Anti-Armenian propaganda is carried out on the cultural level, too. According to the authors of the book, the Armenian society has just only heard about the destruction of the Julfa cross-stones, but there are many such cases in the whole territory of Azerbaijan. The monuments are destroyed or attributed to the “Caucasian Albania heritage.”
The book has been published only in Russian and is available in the online version on www.stophatespeech.net website. The preparation of the English and French versions is in process now.
“We have made an attempt to give a general picture of the situation, but each of the issues in an individual object of scientific study. We hope that every one will then focus on the phenomenon in the area of his interest and will develop it, because this is a problem that should be solved now,” - says Armine Adibekyan.