BBC: Azerbaijanis’ animosity and hatred for Armenians sometimes
reaches unimaginable level
POLITICS 10:30 26/05/2016 REGION
Currently, there are hard times for the beautiful Karabakh, as the
Karabakh conflict broke out with a new force in April, journalist
Rayhan Demytrie reports in a BBC program The Fifth Floor.
The journalist particularly speaks about her first visit to the
Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) in 2015. Then, she visited settlements
close to the frontline and met a local woman, who told her that people
there lived with constant fears of the war starting again.
A year later, in April 2016, Demytriewent back to the same villages
and it was quite shocking for her to see that there was a grad rocket,
which landed not far from the house of the woman she had met a year
ago. The entire village was evacuated, and she watched with horror how
people were leaving in a rush.
Demytrie notes that at first glance,it is impossible to imagine how
deep the conflict is. Sometimes, the Azerbaijanis’ animosity and
hatred for Armenians reaches an unimaginable level.
For example, an Azerbaijani soldier undergoing training in Hungary in
2004 axe-murdered a sleeping Armenian military officer.It was a
cold-blooded murder. There was a trial, he was jailed; however, in a
few years, the Azerbaijani authorities brought this person back
promising that he would serve the remaining of his sentence at home.
He was greeted in his country as a national hero, and his photograph
is in every school in Azerbaijan. “It is absurd that this person is
considered a hero, only because he axe-murdered a sleeping man,”
Demytrie says in the interview with the BBC.
In 2004, the Armenian officer GurgenMargaryan took part in the
three-month English courses of the NATO titled "Partnership for Peace"
in Budapest. He was killed on 19 February, early in the morning.
Murderer, Azerbaijani officer RamilSafarov struck in the face of
sleeping Armenian officer with an ax for 16 times. Subsequently he was
recognized as imputable by the Hungarian court and was sentenced to
life imprisonment without right of pardon for 30 years. On August 31
it was stated that RamilSafarov will be extradited to his fatherland
and was pardoned by the decree of Azerbaijani President IlhamAliyev.
In Azerbaijan, the pardoned murderer RamilSafarovwas met as a hero, he
was given a department and was paid and officer salary for the 8 years
he had spent in prison. In addition, Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister
awarded Safarov with a special rank of mayor wishing him “further
In connection with the extradition of Safarov to Azerbaijan, Armenian
President SerzhSargsyan announced a termination of diplomatic
relations with Hungary.
U.S. President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of State, Foreign
Ministries of Russia and France, Secretary General of the Council of
Europe, Secretary General of the CSTO, NATO and international
organizations of human rights condemned Safarov’s extradition,
pardoning and glorification in Azerbaijan. On September 13, European
Parliament adopted the resolution of condemnation too.
To the 10th anniversary of GurgenMargaryan’s murder, in the frameworks
of "Ordinary Genocide" project, a video-footage has been prepared
called "Azerbaijan: Racism has no borders." The footage is in English,
Russian, and Hungarian. It concisely presents the history of a murder,
which shocked the world, as well as the subsequent transfer and
glorification of Safarov in Azerbaijan. It is significant that the
authors chose a part of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (called
Leningrad) known as invasion of fascists as the soundtrack.
The "Ordinary Genocide" project is being implemented by the
Information and Public Relations Center under the RA President’s
The Gurgen Margaryan :trial:
Posted 26 May 2016 - 09:45 AM
BBC: Azerbaijanis’ animosity and hatred for Armenians sometimes
Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:12 PM
Azerbaijani Slush Fund Linked to Safarov Extradition
BUDAPEST, Hungary—An investigation by a Hungarian news agency reveals that Azerbaijan has used a $3 billion slush fund to facilitate the release and extradition Azerbaijani ax murder Ramil Safarov, who brutally murdered an Armenian soldier, Gurgen Markarian, with an ax during NATO exercises in Hungary in 2004.
An investigation by the Hungarian news site Átlátszó.hu revealed that several bank transfers – totaling more than $7 million – were made to an MKB bank account in Budapest right around the time the Hungarian government handed over Safarov to the Azerbaijan.
According to Átlátszó.hu, the Budapest bank account belonged to an offshore company owned by the son of an influential Azeri politician and got an infusion of more $7 million in 2012 around the time of the Safarov release and extradition......................
Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:13 PM
The existence of the almost $3 billion slush fund used by high-level Azerbaijani officials to launder money and bribe politicians in European countries was revealed on Monday by the British The Guardian newspaper, which is a news outlet partnering with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project that published an extensive investigation, entitled “The Azerbaijani Laundromat.” The OCCRP report detailed that over a two-year period, more than $2.9 billion had passed through certain UK-0based shell companies – Polux Management LP, Hilux Services LP, Metastar Invest LLP, and LCM Alliance LLP – that “are part of a larger constellation of companies set up by unscrupulous agents to launder and steal large amounts of money” on behalf of Azerbaijan’s ruling elite.
The MKB Bank account belonged to a Velasco International Inc., which received the $7 million infusion of cash from Metastar Invest LLP, one of the shell companies used to hide the slush fund identified by the OCCRP report.
Velasco International was incorporated in the Virgin Islands and is owned by Azerbaijani deputy prime minister Yacub Eyubov’s son, Orhan Eyubov, whose name is continuously referenced in “The Azerbaijani Laundromat.”
In June 2012, when Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban visited Azerbaijan, he was greeted by the elder Eyubov before meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev . “The Azerbaijani Laundromat” report said that “there is ample evidence of its [the slush fund’s] connection to the family of President Ilham Aliyev.”
Meanwhile, Metastar Invest LLP is the company that reportedly paid Luca Volonte, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, known as PACE, who is facing prosecution in Italy for allegedly accepting 2.4 million euros to defend Azerbaijani interests in Italy and within PACE. In 2013, Volonte vocally defended the Hungary’s new constitution, which curtailed people’s individual rights, and accused those who criticized official Budapest of carrying out a “witch hunt.”
On Wednesday, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó categorically rejected the allegations by Átlátszó.hu, the Hungarian investigative journalism organization.
“In the firmest possible way, I reject any inference or insinuation which make a connection between the Hungarian foreign policy decisions and the aforementioned international criminal actions,” Szijjártó said. “I really hope we uncover the truth of what happened very soon.”
On Tuesday, after “The Azerbaijani Laundromat” was published, Aliyev’s press secretary accused the “Armenian lobby” of working with American billionaire George Soros, to wage ”a smear campaign against the president of Azerbaijan and members of his family.”
Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:11 AM
Didn't know Soros was a friend of Armenians! Wow what else is new? I should have posted this in the Comedistan section meaning the ridicule section.
Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:25 AM
Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
October 4, 2017 Wednesday
Hungarian government would not extradite Safarov to Azerbaijan if they
were not paid for that – MEP
YEREVAN, OCTOBER 4, ARMENPRESS. MEP Frank Engel gave an interview to
Hungarian “Budapest Beacon” speaking about the recently revealed
“Azerbaijani Laundromat”, touching upon Hungaria’s role and
participation in the money laundering process.
ARMENPRESS reports the MEP spoke about the arrest, verdict and later
the extradition of Azerbaijani Ramil Safarov who was charged for
murdering Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan in Hungary with an axe
when the latter was asleep.
“But since I knew what kind of Hungarian government had come into
office in 2010, I wasn’t that surprised. And my first thought, of
course, knowing Azerbaijan, was that they (the Hungarian government)
had been bought!”, Engel said.
He stated that former Prime Minister of Hungary Ferenc Gyurcsány
didn’t hand Safarov over when he was in power.“And when I spoke to
Gyurcsány, he told me they didn’t do it because they had all the
reasons to believe he would be instantly set free by Azerbaijan”,
Frank Engel added.
“This man, Safarov, had committed a heinous crime on Hungarian soil.
He was convicted by a Hungarian court to serve a criminal sentence in
a Hungarian prison for a long time. The Hungarians were not just going
to hand him over to the Azerbaijanis — before the return to power of
Fidesz”, the MEP said.
He told that former Prime Ministers Ferenc Gyurcsány and Gordon Bajnai
have told him how the Azerbaijani government tried to persuade them to
extradite Safarov - first orally, then in the written promise that he
would serve out the sentence that was pronounced by the Hungarian
“The difference, of course, is that neither Gyurcsány nor Bajnai
believed these obviously false promises. Then comes Viktor Orbán and –
miraculously – after an official state visit to Azerbaijan, Safarov is
back home a few weeks later. Nobody can tell me this had nothing to do
with money”, the MEP stressed, adding that there could be no reason
for which Orbán and the government led by him would have worsen
relations with Armenia if they were not paid for that.
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