In 2007, under the auspices of “local colony”, Leyla Aliyeva, the daughter of current president and granddaughter of the former deceased president of Azerbaijan held an exhibition dedicated to the 15th anniversary of tragedy near Aghdam.
Some very important details can be highlighted from the report of Azeri.ru which colorfully describes the scale of the event:
- that the government of Azerbaijan “ for many years has been making great efforts to inform the International Community”
-that these events are of declarative nature as they (the Azerbaijanis) “are inclined to reduce the work to good round data and anniversaries”
-that not all the Azerbaijanis believe that genocide took place and that is why the film has been screened which “should have persuaded their own countrymen that genocide took place”
-that the methods to influence “locals” and “others” differ from each other. That is if it is enough to show several corpses and scary shots for “locals”, even if “unsubstantiated”, “others” need better arguments.
Quote: “For a third party man such a film would have seemed pretentious, unproven, but on that day there were all locals in the hall”.
Judging from the reports of the website the event was almost a disaster, but this fact is not relevant to the purpose of our study. Let’s proceed to the exposition which was demonstrated in the beginning of the event.
As there are no close-up photographs and almost no “evidence” of the victims we cannot judge the whole exposition. However, the only close-up photograph placed on the website that described the event dedicated to Khojaly tragedy is a sham.
It is a photo of an Azerbaijani soldier wounded in 1993.