Russian court lifts ban on distribution of book ‘Armenian terrorism’

Russian court lifts ban on distribution of book ‘Armenian terrorism’
# 04 June 2015 15:21 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Ramiz Mikayiloglu – APA. The book-album “Armenian terrorism” authored by the late Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Ismet Gayibov and the late Director General of Azerinform (now AZERTAC) Azad Sharifov was published in the “Azerbaijan” publishing house in 1992. The book (48 pages, 5,000 copies) was published on the basis of facts of terrorist attacks committed by Armenian terrorist organizations against Azerbaijanis and Turks around the world as well as the civilians in Azerbaijan.

All this evidence were studied by law enforcement bodies of Azerbaijan, the US, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Lebanon and other countries, and uncovered undeniable facts proved that these crimes, which resulted in large human losses, were indeed committed by Armenian terrorist organizations. The books also discloses the fact that the Armenians have had their men wear masks similar to those used by Russians in order to make other believe that the terrorist attacks against Azerbaijanis were committed by Russians or Russian troops. This book was subsequently sent to libraries in different parts of the world. Since then, Azerbaijani diplomatic mission and diaspora organization abroad use pictures from this particular book during different events to show Armenian atrocities against Azerbaijanis.

Armenian “hand”

On 3 October 2013, the Krasnoyarsk Krai Prosecutor’s Office received information of the book titled “Armenian terrorism’ being distributed throughout the krai by people who live in the Krasnoyarsk Krai and are also members of the Azerbaijani diaspora. Experts of Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University named after V. P. Astafyev conducted psycholinguistic research, which brought them to a negative “conclusion” about the book. In reference to the federal law against extremist activity, the prosecutor’s office recognized the book as an “extremist material” – for the sake of protecting the Russian Federation’s interests – and sent the related decision to court. The prosecutor’s office asked the court to recognize the book “Armenian terrorism” as an “extremist material” and to send a copy of it to the Russian Justice Ministry so that the book would be listed as an extremist material. That is, the Krasnoyarsk Prosecutor’s Office brought suit in the Krasnoyarsk City District Central Court for the book’s recognition as an “extremist material”. The suit not only asked the prohibition of the book’s distribution, but it also sought the prohibition of use of pictures from this book.

The investigation revealed that the persons engaged in this matter in Krasnoyarsk are two Russian female teachers at Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University and supervisor of one of the teachers in Moscow is an Armenian. In other words, it became clear the fact that the Armenian diaspora in Russia leads the process.

Deputy Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Russia Gudsi Osmanov told APA that the lawsuit was aimed at creating a very bad precedent, adding “the Armenian Diaspora in Russia would make maximum use of this opportunity”.

On 29 November 2013, AZERTAC issued a statement in this regard. According to the statement, taking this step amid growing intolerance in Russia toward migrants, particularly Azerbaijanis, can be considered a factor negatively impacting the development of the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Russia. However, on December 12, the Krasnoyarsk Central District Court held a hearing presided over by judge N. Chernova, on recognition as an "extremist material" of the Russian language “Armenian terrorism” photo-book, which had been published in Azerbaijan.

Actions taken to repel the attack

Given the seriousness of the matter, Deputy Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Russia Gudsi Osmanov was tasked to deal with the matter, and relevant bodies of Russia were appealed. In addition, consultations were held in Russia with experienced experts and lawyers, and lawyer Alakbar Garayev, who takes an active part in the activity of the Azerbaijani Diaspora in Krasnoyarsk, was involved in this process.

Director General of AZERTAC Aslan Aslanov told APA that the Presidential Administration has been informed since the beginning of the process in 2013, and AZERTAC started to take necessary actions. AZERTAC considered biased the “conclusion” from the psycholinguistic research, carried out by experts of Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University named after V. P. Astafyev.

“We were to find answers to questions about the socio-psychological and psycholinguistic researches of the book-album “Armenian genocide”, and directors of the Institute of History of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku Slavic University, Baku State University, and Justice Ministry Forensic Examination Centre were task to find answers to questions. The questions are - “What are the main meaning, composition and directions of the submitted materials?”, “If the published materials were aimed at arising hatred, humiliating dignity of a person or groups of people for their gender, race, language, origin, religion, as well as social group affiliation or not?”, “Do these materials call to incite ethnic hatred, commit acts of violence against any national or social group?”, “Can the materials submitted for the research affect reactions of people in the community, their personality change, if so what will be the positive affects?”. Answers to these questions were sent to the Krasnoyarsk City Central District Court,” Aslanov noted.

As a result of the efforts, Russia’s relevant state agency conducted initial investigation, of which result was in favor of the book. This initial investigation was sent to the Krasnoyarsk City Central District Court. The court decided to hold a psycholinguistic expertise again. Logically, the courts decision would have been same with the expert opinion. The Court decided that the expertise should be held only by the body of the Krasnoyarsk State University engaged in this work. The expert opinion was still in favor of the book.

Despite all this, on March 5, the Krasnoyarsk City District Central Court passed a decision in favor of the prosecutor’s office.

Struggle and Victory

However, the struggle continued. In order to achieve a positive decision on the book, lawyer A. Garayev, a representative of AZERTAC and the “Azerbaijan” publishing house, filed an appeal to the Krasnoyarsk Krai Court, and Russian famous experts and lawyers were involved in the process.

Finally, on May 18, the court made a decision in favor of the book “Armenian genocide”. In other words, the court annulled the decision dated 5 March 2015 of the Krasnoyarsk City District Central Court and refused the appeal of the prosecutor’s office on the recognition of the book “Armenian terrorism” as an “extremist material”.

Aslanov especially outlined Azerbaijani Deputy Ambassador to Russia Gudsi Osmanov’s professional approach to the issue in this process.

“Justice was served. If the initial biased verdict remained in effect, that would certainly be used against our patriotic compatriots in Russia. For instance, if this book was found from the house of an Azerbaijani there, that person would be charged with possessing a publication aimed at causing enmity between nations. Had the book been listed as extremist, Azerbaijanis living in Russia would be prosecuted with unfair charges and create a precedent for media publications on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would emerge,” said Aslanov.

Note that, the late Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Ismet Gayibov, who is the author of the book “Armenian terrorism”, also became a victim of Armenian terrorism on November 20, 1991.