AZERBAIJAN SSR, USSR. January 20, 1990. Armed conflict in Azerbaijan. The photo depicts the victims of the tragic events of January 20 in Baku. Oleg Litvin/TASS ———–. ј

On January 13, 1990, the Azeri mob broke into the homes of Armenians at the designated addresses in groups, started beating, burning, killing people with iron rods and knives, throwing them out of windows and raping women. Money, valuable things, saving bank brochures and apartment documents were taken away from the Armenian population.

The massacres were supported by law enforcement agencies, employees of the utility economy department, and ambulance doctors. The massacres lasted for 6 days, until the night of January 20, when a state of emergency was finally declared in the city and Soviet tanks entered Baku. After the killings of January 13-19,1990, Baku was emptied of Armenians. Thousands of Armenians were killed or went missing. On January 17, 1990, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Committee of Foreign Ministers and the Council of Europe in order to protect Armenians from the illegal actions of the Soviet government and to demand immediate assistance to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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