To Erect Pedestal of Azerbaijani Commander Jamshid Nakhchivanski Is Azerbaijan’s Moral Duty: Russian Historian-Writer

Society Materials 21 November 2008 13:03 (UTC +04:00)
To Erect Pedestal of Azerbaijani Commander Jamshid Nakhchivanski Is Azerbaijan’s Moral Duty: Russian Historian-Writer

Azerbaijan, Baku, 21 November / corr Trend J.Babayeva / Rudolf Ivanov, a famous Russian historian, expert for Caucasus and author of a book on famous Azerbaijani commanders, regards erection of memorial of Azerbaijani commander Jamshid Nakhchivanski as moral duty of Azerbaijan.

"There is not any reminder on Nakhchivanski at fraternal grave in Kommunarka - Loza property near to Moscow, where he was buried. This is unknown burial and wooden crosses stand on all graves. To erect memorial not only for Nakhchivanski, but also for all Azerbaijanis, who were buried there, is a moral duty of Azerbaijan," Ivanov told Trend in Baku on 21 November.

His book By Name of Soviet Unions is historical monograph on Nakhchivanski. The book narrates tragic fortune of the last general from legendary dynasty of Nakchivan khans, hero of imperialist war, commander and a victim of the Stalin repressions. The author of the book describes impressive events in the life of the Azerbaijani nation's great son, who was arrested three times with charge of false accusations (1920, 1931 and 1938) and sentenced to execution twice. Ivanov could find out documents from archives, under which sentence of Nakhchivanski's shooting was changed to exile at Stalin's decision.

The book was published at his private initiative and under assistance of Mehriban Aliyeva, the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Good Will Ambassador of UNSECO and ISESCO.

According to Ivanov, he invited representatives of the Azerbaijani society to visit Kommunarka - Loza property near to Moscow several times.

"However, nobody, except private persons and my friends from Nakhchivan, visited the burial place. It is painful and fearful for me. Spirit of heritage of the past, who we formally ignored, lives deeply in our souls. At present care for morality and national memory should be realized by the state, first of all. The state should have such cells to provide financing for erection of memorials. We should not regret our means to erect memorials," Ivanov said.

According to the Russian historian-writer, Nakhchivanski's exact death rate was not correctly written at a signboard of a house, where he lived. "I specified a date of Nakhchivanski's execution. The execution took place not in May, but in August 1938, whilst the signboard indicates 20 May. I applied to Hajibala Abutalibov, the Head of the Baku City Administration, with the request to correct this injustice. A person cannot be buried even one day earlier," Ivanov said.

Ivanov hopes to hold presentation ceremony of his two-volume edition at the Jamshid Nakhchivanski airliner. "Late Heydar Aliyev visad a document to grant Nakhchivanski's name to one of new airliners. At that time, there were not any airliners, deserving Commander Nakhchivanski's beauty and slenderness. I think at present it is impossible to build such airliner," the historian-writer said.

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