Telman Ismayilov: "I can not be in the organization that is against Azerbaijan's President" - INTERVIEW

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# 26 March 2013 13:16 (UTC +04:00)

Moscow. Farid Akbarov – APA. APA Moscow correspondent's interview with Russia-based Azerbaijani businessman, president of AST Group of Companies Telman Ismayilov

- You also participated in the establishment of the Union of Azerbaijani Organizations in Russia at the end of last year. How did you support the establishment of the organization?

- I supported the establishment of this organization, because it was created by the Azerbaijanis living in Russia, Abbas Abbasov was elected as chairman. I supported him. Actually, up to now I have never directly participated in the establishment of our Diaspora organizations. I am named as one of the founders of the organization. I supported this organization.

- Azerbaijani media writes that the Union of Azerbaijani Organizations in Russia was founded under the order of the Kremlin. How would you comment on it?

- I am aware of what has been written. All these are nothing but the fantasies of newspapers. I know who and why backs these media reports. Therefore, I do not want to comment more. More than one million Azerbaijanis live in Russia. There is a need for an organization that will help them, such a Diaspora organization has been founded.

They write that this organization is against Azerbaijan's President or state. This is false. I have close relations with Azerbaijan's President. We have known each other for a long time. I can not be in the organization that is against Azerbaijan's President.

Probably, you know that I’m Jewish. But I always support Azerbaijanis, because I consider myself Azerbaijani.

- Currently, the All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress is functioning in Russia. You were also one of the vice-presidents of this organization. Now you are supporting the Union of Azerbaijani Organizations in Russia and “AzerRos”. How can you explain it?

- The activity of the All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress is obvious. If this organization had not weakened, a new one wouldn’t have been established. The situation on Azerbaijani Diaspora in Russia was very bad. Except us, everyone had an active Diaspora organization in Russia. Diaspora organizations of Armenians, Uzbeks and Tajiks are esteemed in the Russian society. Now we also have such a Diaspora organization. Is it bad? More than a million Azerbaijanis live in Russia. It is their right to have such an organization. A person, who is esteemed in the Russian government and society, should head this organization. As an elderly person, Abbas Abbasov has been elected as head of “AzerRos”. Both the Russian government and society closely know him. We – Russia-based businessmen are always ready to support Abbas Abbasov. I will always support him and Azerbaijani Diaspora. Our goal is to lend a hand to the Azerbaijanis in Russia. We are citizens of Russia. They are our compatriots. Any other issue is out of question.

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