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Request made to nominate Azerbaijani writer Akram Aylisli for Nobel Peace Prize

Son of Azerbaijan’s famous writer also signed the request

Baku – APA. A number of public figures around the world requested the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 to Akram Aylisli, an Azerbaijani writer “who demonstrated amazing courage in the cause of overcoming hostility between the peoples of Azerbaijan and Armenia”, APA reports. “The peace process cannot go beyond the deadlock and thus, the fragile peace can always turn into a new war. Only the voice of honored people can encourage both nations to forgive each other and finally reach an agreement. Mr Aylisli was brave enough to be the first to take this step and offer his hand to the enemy. And we are sure that in Armenia there are people who are willing to respond in kind,” says the request.

The request was signed by:

Sergey Abashin, Professor of Antropology and Social Studies, European
University in St. Petersburg

Andrei Bitov, President of Russian PEN Club; Honorary Professor,
Yerevan State University

Craig Calhoun, Professor of the Social Sciences, Director, London
School of Economics and Political Science

Georgi Derluguian, Professor of Social Research and Public Policy,
New York University Abu Dhabi

Alexander Dobrokhotov, Professor of Philosophy, Higher School of
Economics (Moscow)

Gasan Guseinov, Professor of Classical Philology and Philosophy,
Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics (Moscow),
University of Basel (Switzerland)

Kevan Harris, Researcher, Center for Near East Studies, Princeton
University (USA)

Rouslan Khestanov, Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies,
Higher School of Economics (Moscow); Director, Moscow Institute of
Social and Cultural Programs

Michail Maiatsky, Professor of Cultural Studies, Higher School of
Economics (Moscow), University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Vladimir Malakhov, Professor of Social Studies, Russian Presidential
Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; Director,
Center for political theory and applied political science

Nikolaj Plotnikov, Professor of Philosophy, Research Centre of
Russian Philosophy and Intellectual History, Ruhr University Bochum
(Germany)

Teodor Shanin, Professor of Sociology at the University of
Manchester; President, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

Andrew Wachtel, Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities;
Director, Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS),
Northwestern University (USA); President, University of Central Asia

Immanuel Wallerstein, Professor of Sociology, Yale University


Gasan Guseinov (Hasan Huseynov), who signed the request, is the son of Chingiz Huseynov, member of the Union of Azerbaijani Writer, Doctor of Philology, Professor, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan.

In December 2012, Akram Aylisli published his novel “Stone Dreams”, devoted to the so-called massacre of Armenians. The book was written in 2006 but the author did not dare to publish it. Soon after “Stone Dreams” was published, President Ilham Aliev withdrew Mr Aylisli’s title of “People’s Writer” and a personal pension as well.

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