On October 15, 2023, the Azerbaijani television channel CBC TV broadcast an openly propaganda program “Destroyed Temples of Artsakh”. Russian-language documentary film “Exposing Armenian Vandalism”. The author and presenter of the film is the deputy head of the Russian community in Baku, journalist Anastasia Lavrina. In the film, which has an obvious propaganda character, two structures in the village of Talish of Artsakh, which is a province of Western Armenia, were targeted: the village culture house and the church of St. Peter . The Church of the Most Savior.
In the main street of Talish village, the Church of the Most Savior is presented as Aghvan-Udi and is attributed to the 12th-13th centuries. It is in this way that Robert Mobil presents and dates the church, himself head of the Udi community of Baku, who actively participates in official Azerbaijani politics and propaganda aimed at expropriating Armenian cultural heritage.
For Robert Mobil, the basis for such a date was the fact that “the church is built of sandstone, limestone, which have been weathered for 500 to 600 years.” And since, according to him, some of the stones in the church are worn, blown by the wind, then the church is much older. Noting that Talish Street and the Church of the Very Savior were built in 1894 with funds from local residents.
In the documentary, the idea is expressed that the church was not “Armenian”, it was preserved almost intact, in “Aghvan-Udi form” simply because during the Soviet years the building was used as a warehouse economical and the interior walls were covered with a layer of plaster, thanks to which the Udi crosses remained in place.” Robert Mobil expressed the idea that the church should soon be repaired, which constitutes a good example of a church Aghvan-Udi, as a monument located in the region.
As we can see, Azerbaijani propagandists and those who proclaim themselves “researchers and experts” fill the lack of basic knowledge and ignorance with arbitrary statements, changing the era and affiliation of Armenian Christian structures according to the task and the moment.