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Azerbaijani Novelist Stripped Of Pension, 'People's Writer' Title

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An accomplished author in Azerbaijan has raised a storm of criticism with a new novel that casts the country's traditional rival, Armenia, in a sympathetic light.
By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
BAKU -- Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has stripped a prominent novelist of the title of "People's Writer," as well as his presidentially awarded pension.

Azerbaijani media reported on February 7 that the actions were taken against Akram Aylisli because of his novel "Stone Dreams," which was printed in a popular Russian magazine last year.

The novel describes sensitive issues in relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

It focuses on Nagorno-Karabakh, the mostly Armenian-populated region that broke away from Azerbaijan in the early 1990s.

Azerbaijani media quoted Aliyev's decree, which said Aylisli was punished "for distorting facts in Azerbaijani history and insulting the feelings of Azerbaijani people."

Aylisli told RFE/RL the presidential decision was "unexpected" because his title and pension were awarded to him for his other works in the past.
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by: John Harduny from: Reston, VA, USA
February 07, 2013 17:49
Not surprising at all. Ilham Aliyev is a hereditary oil dictator and hysterical hyper-nationalist. Slobodan Milosevic - the West favorite nationalist bogeyman - did not say even 1/100th of things that come out of mouth of this hateful psychopath. Last year he promoted to the rank of national hero Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani officer who axed an unsuspected sleeping man to death in Budapest during a NATO-led educational engagement.

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by: Kerim from: USA
February 08, 2013 21:48
John, since when is an Armenian cares about Azeri human rights? If you are so worried about our plight, why not then let the 1million Azeri refugees return to their homes currently under Armenian occupation? I am sure they are are humans too. Or, wait a second, sorry, it just occurred to me ... you are not here to air concerns about our political system but to trash an old enemey.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
February 09, 2013 10:14
`an old enemy`-ha,bloody,ha-as old as 1917-a petrol station created by turkic mass murderers and soviet red `communist` psychopats,served faithfully by an armenian born kurd,made a kgb general and considered a father of the `nation`-this is the best sequel to the 1001 nights.People are concerned about the genocide of the native population of Northern Persia,not about the azeri occupators of these lands.But the end of the Ilham mafia is coming very soon-with Syria`s Assad gone,its the turn of Ali Babalievitch and company to share the fate of Quaddafi!!!
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by: greg from: virginia
February 09, 2013 20:42
kerim, i may be incorrect, but John may not be, and i am definitely not, a citizen of NKR. my personal opinion? the azeri refugees of NKR have every right to return to the land they were kicked off of. they have every right to participate in the self government of the NKR. my "letting" them return? sorry bud, its not my call. i'm just an old yankee salt who grew up on the new england coast. but i am armenian, i believe in NKRs right to self government, and that according to buddy boy aliev makes me an enemy of all azeri's. maybe one morning i'll wake up with an axe through my skull, courtesy of azerbaijan's national, armenian-killing hero.

by: OA from: DC
February 12, 2013 23:00
What else could be expected from Aliev, the winner of the Organized Crime and Corruption Person of the Year award
This is a clear example of what would be the fate of an Azerbaijani citizen if, s/he talks about the plight of Armenians caused by Azeribajianis. Imagine what would an Armenian face if s/he talks their mind?
The official circles in Azerbaijan started a concentrated campaign to discredit a Nobel attempt to say the truth and start the healing process. This is a very sad reminder of fascist tendencies of the Aliev gang.
The Azerbaijani government striped an Azeri intellectual—who had won the highest Azeri cultural award previously—of his rewards and denied him his pension and, went after his family just for stating talking about the Armenian suffering in Azerbaijan. On the other hand, the Azerbaijani government has glorified Safarov for murdering a sleeping Armenian soldier. So,how could the Azerbaijani government claim the right to govern Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh? This level of officially imposed hatred is toxic. Is this happening in Europe? Why is the US and EU silent?
If there is any fairness then, the world would tell Aliev that he cannot reign over Armenians because, he is a fascist.

by: RD
February 14, 2013 03:24
Burning books in Azerbaijan? Strange similarilty to burning books in Nazi Germany. The other similarity is Ilham and Heydar Aliyev's pictures and statues everywhere. Reminds me of North Korea. I guess all dangerous dictators have very similar behaviours.

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