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Lt. Gurgen Margaryan
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Khojaly (Khojalu) tragedy


Armenian citizen Gurgen Margaryan, 26 years old, was hacked to death while asleep by Ramil Safarov, a Lieutenant of the Azerbaijani Army. Both were participants of an English language training course within the framework of the NATO-sponsored “Partnership for Peace” program held in Budapest, Hungary.

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Many of those who try to justify the murderer of Gurgen Margaryan claim that it was a revenge for the killing of the inhabitants of the village of Khojaly allegedly by Armenian forces. Actually Margaryan was only fourteen when the Khojaly tragedy happened and had nothing to do with Nagorno Karabakh. The same is true for the murderer: Ramil Safarov was only fourteen back then and had no connections whatsoever with anyone who suffered in Khojaly.

A special investigation by Hayk Demoyan (Ph.D., Research Assistant in Caucasus Media Institute) and Levon Melik-Shakhnazaryan (then participant of the defense of Nagorno Karabakh) presents a thorough analyses of what happened in Khojaly.

by Hayk Demoyan, Levon Melik-Shakhnazaryan
translated by Ruzanna Amiraghyan

What the apologists of Safarov "forget" to mention is that Armenians have much more motives to commit such acts of vengeance towards the Azerbaijani citizens: the pogroms of Armenians in Azerbaijani cities of Sumgait, Ganja and Baku, the slaughter of the peaceful inhabitants of the village of Maragha, ethnic cleansing and other crimes against humanity committed by Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno Karabakh and other Armenian-populated areas of Azerbaijan. Yet no Azerbaijani citizen outside the area of the conflict has ever became a target of revenge from those Armenians who lost their family members, relatives and friends in pogroms and ethnic cleansing.


Armenian pogroms in Sumgait
Responses to the murder of Lt. Gurgen Margaryan