Stepan Shaumyan was not shot in 1918: Director of History Institute
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 4 / corr Trend E.Rusmatov / The History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (NASA) has documents, which confirm absence of dead body of the Baku Council of People's Commissars Chairman Stepan Shaumyan amongst the 26 Baku commissars shot on Sept. 20, 1918.
The History Institute holds a document, which confirms that Shaumyan was live in 1919 and was in captivity. The document says that in 1919 the Tbilisi radio caught information addressed to Sokolov from Astrakhan and it testifies he was live. History Institute Director Yagub Mahmudov demonstrated the document to the journalists on Wednesday.
The Baku City Administration recently decided to dismantle the monument due to repairs on the square and construct a parking lot. The excavations uncovered the remains of 23 as opposed to 26 individuals.
The recent media reports also spread news about absence of Shaumyan's body amongst the remains.
According to Soviet historiography, an English expeditionary corps in Turkmenistan shot 26 Baku commissars who briefly ruled the Council of People's Commissars on Sept. 20, 1918. Their remains were brought to Azerbaijan and reburied in Baku in 1920.
The document deals with exchange of POWs in 1919 and Stepan Shaumyan was amongst them.
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