Book by Uzbek historian Shohrat Barlas

Book by Uzbek historian Shohrat Barlas "Dashnaks from Ferghana to Karabakh" presented in Baku

22 November 2019, 16:52 398
The publication exposes Armenian vandalism with historical facts
"Millions of people were killed in Turkestan as a result of the Bolshevik terror. Armenian Dashnaks played a big role in these massacres. The brutal killing of civilians is true terror, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.”
These remarks, voiced at the presentation of the book "Dashnaks from Ferghana to Karabakh" by Uzbek historian, publisher, and public figure Shohrat Barlas, once again underlined that historical facts prove the genocides committed by Armenian Dashnaks.
Prominent scholars, public figures, and journalists attended the event jointly held by the Kaspi newspaper, Kaspi Education Company, and Azerbaijan’s Press Council. The book came into light with the initiative of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan Huseyn Guliyev and with the financial support of Mehdi Mammadov, whose family was exiled from Nakhchivan to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in 1937.
The new edition differs from previous publications with more comprehensive coverage of political and legal problems and historical facts.
Deputy Chairman of the Press Council Umud Rahimoglu said that the book "Dashnaks from Ferghana to Karabakh" is actually an encyclopedia. "The book reflects the traces of Armenian vandalism beginning from the Caucasus to Central Asia,” he said.
Rahimoglu noted that Shohrat Barlas is well-known in Azerbaijan. "The author referred to archives to write this book and used around 300 sources, which makes the book comprehensive. The book "Dashnaks from Ferghana to Karabakh” is based on extensive research,” he said.
Head of Kaspi Education Company Sona Veliyeva said that there is no difference in whether the tragedy committed by the Armenian Dashnaks took place in Uzbekistan or Azerbaijan. "This is the tragedy of a nation whose roots, identity, spirit, and faith are one. That is why I call it "our tragedy”,” she said.
Veliyeva underlined the question "Why were these massacres committed against us?" from the book. "So, the author searches for the answer to this question and answers it himself – because they were envious of our great nation, our great culture and of the magnitude of our contributions to humanity. We are two nations that share the same beliefs and have brought great geniuses into existence. They committed these massacres to stop us from being a great nation, and for our mothers to not bring great sons into this world. But as the great Dede Gorgud once said, we will continue to grow and live and bring thousands of children into the world,” she said.
Veliyeva noted that thousands of people, who were killed in those gruesome events, starting in Fergana and in different parts of Uzbekistan, were brutally burned in order to lose their traces. "Time repeats itself. It is as if those buried there have appeared in Guba. If those parts of Uzbekistan are excavated, we would encounter mass graves. It is as if the great powers in the world are deaf, blind, and they ignore these events. These tragedies were committed later in Karabakh and Khojaly. These are the events of the near future but the world remains silent. Armenians will be held accountable for the massacres they have committed," she said.  
Veliyeva recommended publishing even more copies of the book and sending it to all universities. "Our youth must be aware of the tragedies we have experienced. They have to know so that these tragedies are not repeated. Our growing youth must study these historical facts. I would like all universities to hold an event on the book’s presentation because this is a tragedy committed against the whole Turkic world. The tragedies which took place in Uzbekistan, Karabakh are our tragedy. The murdered children, innocent people, and similar tragedies that have occurred here are ours. Great powers are behind these tragedies. That is why we must not forget these tragedies, and we must condemn the perpetrators and hold them accountable. They must answer before the spirit of those innocent victims and history,” she said.
Veliyeva thanked everyone who contributed to the publication of the book. "I would like to keep Mr. Mehdi in mind, who was born in Uzbekistan and is currently residing there, but whose roots trace back to Nakhchivan. He is the financial supporter of the publication of the book with 18,000 copies. We are very proud of this Azerbaijani son,” she added.
Samir Abbasov, director of the Azerbaijan Cultural Center in Uzbekistan named after Heydar Aliyev, said that the book conveys the tragedies and genocide of our people to the world. "We have been working with Shohrat Salamov for several years now. The essence of the author's research is that for the first time, the policy of genocide carried out by the Dashnaks in the Caucasus was exposed based on historical facts. The Soviet Encyclopedia of Uzbekistan states that Dashnak aggression killed 500 people. However, according to Shohrat Salamov's facts, around 700,000 people were killed,” he noted.
Abbasov said that analyzing these events, Barlas concluded that Turkestan, Azerbaijan, Muslim, and Turkic-speaking countries were victims of crimes committed by Dashnaks. "The author emphasizes that our national ethnic origin is one. He has shed light on the crimes and terrorist activities of the Armenians and has proven the historical facts of the relocation of Armenians to Azerbaijan, as well as 300,000 Armenians to the Caucasus, especially after the "Gulustan" peace agreement. He proved this was merely their migration and not genocide as the Armenians have claimed,” he added.
Editor-in-chief, Prof. Oleg Kuznetsov, said that the author put a great amount of research into the book. "It is clear that Armenians want to cover up their crimes committed against Muslims in Central Asia. From that point of view, this book by Uzbek scientist Shuhrat Barlas is important. Barlas was subjected to pressure because of his research. I shared the same experience in Moscow,” he said.
Kuznetsov noted that the book refers to various sources. "The book is of great importance in terms of exposing the crimes committed by Armenians against mankind. This book is a great source to see the negative footprint of the Dashnaks in the fate of the Uzbek people, and to know that the events in Karabakh are a continuation of this,” he added.
Writer and publisher Yunus Oghuz said that the tragedy described in the book is not just a tragedy that started in the early 20th century against the Turks. "This is a tragedy beginning with the Islamic era. I think that this book should be promoted worldwide. Let this book be a lesson to the world. History also teaches us lessons,” he said.
The author of the book, Shohrat Barlas, expressed his heartfelt excitement by saying, "I have never experienced such excitement anywhere else.” "I am surrounded by my friends here. We are brothers and always stand with Azerbaijan. I would like to thank everyone who supported me in writing this book,” he said.
The guests also viewed a documentary film based on the book at the event.
Tarana Maharramova