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By Thomas de Waal

Selection extraordinary educational name 2003Black backyard is the definitive examine of ways Armenia and Azerbaijan, southern Soviet republics, obtained sucked right into a clash that helped deliver them to independence, bringing to an finish the Soviet Union, and plaguing a sector of serious strategic value. It cuts among a cautious reconstruction of the heritage of Nagorny Karabakh clash because 1988 and on-the-spot reporting on its convoluted aftermath. half modern background, half shuttle ebook, half political research, the booklet is predicated on six months touring throughout the south Caucasus, greater than a hundred and twenty unique interviews within the area, Moscow, and Washington, and special basic assets, resembling Politburo information. The old chapters hint how the clash lay unresolved within the Soviet period; how Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders exacerbated it; how the Politiburo didn't do something about the difficulty; how the battle all started and ended; how the foreign group didn't deal with the clash. What emerges is a fancy and refined portrait of an attractive and interesting area, blighted via historic prejudice and clash.

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One of the Armenian victims, Lyudmila M, lay in a bloody heap on the floor, after being raped and left for dead, and overheard the conversation of a group of men in her apartment: There were six people in the room. They talked among themselves and smoked. One talked about his daughter, saying there was no chil­ dren’s footwear in our apartment that he could take for his daughter. Another said that he liked the apartment—recently we had done a really good job fixing everything up—and that he would live there after everything was all over.

On 3 March 1988, Gorbachev told the Politburo that it had been remiss in failing to spot warning signals: “We must not simplify anything here and we should look at ourselves too. The Central Com­ mittee received five hundred letters in the last three years on the ques­ tion of Nagorny Karabakh. Who paid any attention to this? ”13 The latest Karabakh Armenian campaign was different from its predecessors in one important respect: previous campaigns had been run from inside Nagorny Karabakh itself, but the main organizers of the new movement were Karabakhis living outside the province.

He says: It was impossible to control the situation because the whole town was in panic. Crowds of Azerbaijanis walking around, screaming came from the courtyards, “Help! ” We had an escort, we were led to one place . . I don’t want to show you the photographs. I simply de­ stroyed them. But with my own eyes I saw dismembered corpses, a body mutilated with an axe, legs, arms, practically no body left. They took the remains of dry leaves off the ground, scattered them over corpses, took petrol from the nearest car and set fire to them.

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