Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has given instructions to the relevant authorities to investigate the demolition of the monument to the famous Azerbaijani poet Mikayil Mushfig in Baku and punish its perpetrators, Azerbaijani President’s Aide for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov told APA.
Hasanov noted that tens of historical and cultural monuments have been reconstructed, and the monuments to such prominent Azerbaijani composers as Gara Garayev, Fikret Amirov, Niyazi, as well as Azerbaijani singer Bulbul, Rashid Behbudov (singer and actor) and others were installed in the country.
“The Azerbaijani president considers inadmissible the unauthorized demolition of monuments of historical and cultural importance without the consent of the relevant state bodies in accordance with the country’s law. Those responsible for such acts will be severely punished,” he added.
It was earlier reported that Azeravtoyol OJSC removed the monument to the outstanding Azerbaijani poet Mikayil Mushfig. The State Service of Cultural Heritage Conservation, Development and Rehabilitation said that Azeravtoyol OJSC didn’t reach an agreement with them on this issue.
Azeravtoyol OJSC dismissed the report about the demolition of the monument as baseless.
“The monument was temporarily removed due to reconstruction and expansion work on Sovetski street, and will be returned after completion of the work,” Azeravtoyol OJSC said in a statement.