A statement spread by the Organization for Karabakh Liberation (OKL) says that the existing situation with Azerbaijanis in all Russian regions, particularly in Russian central cities is much worse than is being presented, Trend reports referring to the Bureau of the Organization in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.
The statement spread by OKL says that sale points that belong to foreigners have been shut in all Russian regions, and those who risk opening them face different checks and fines. Checks are carried out everywhere, including homes where the foreigners live. Particular cruelty is showed toward Azerbaijanis living and working there, the statement underlines.
According to the information obtained from the OKL Bureaus in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, Azerbaijanis possessing official documents for official residence in Russia are ignored. They demand large amounts from our compatriots under the threat of arrest or deportation. Such a brutal policy toward Azerbaijanis is carried out at a governmental level and reflects the Russian official position. The Russian Government is doing its best to expel our compatriots with bankrupting them totally, the document indicates.
OKL considers that the Azerbaijani Government ought to take urgent measures to protect the rights of Azerbaijanis, which are violated in Russia, and not to allow dealing with them there.
The Organization demands from the Russian Government to put an end to its policy. Otherwise, concrete measures will be taken to suspend the activity of the Russian Embassy in Baku, as well as to expel local Russians from the country, underlines the statement.
OKL was established in Baku on January 28, 2000 in order to organize a social struggle for Karabakh liberation from Armenian occupants. During the Constituent Congress, Akif Naghi, a candidate of historic sciences, was elected as the Chairman of the Organization. The members of the Organization are known representatives of intellectual people, refugees and IDP, old and young people, former fighters, senior reserve officers, as well as representatives of other social stratus of our population. Presently, 74 local representative subdivisions of the Organization are working in the cities, towns, districts, refugee camps in the country. OKL has its representative offices in Turkey, Iran, Russia, Sweden, Germany, France, Canada, Estonia, Iraq, and other countries. More than 10,000 people are members of the Organization.