Azerbaijani diaspora in St. Peteresburg widely represented – governor

Tue 13 Sep 2011 05:34 GMT | 09:34 Local Time

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National-Cultural Autonomy of Azerbaijanis of St. Petersburg is the largest in the city.

It is one of the most effective organizations that contribute to interethnic and interfaith peace and prosperity of our common city. There are a number of Azerbaijanis, including those from my hometown of Baku, with whom I'm friends or have a great business relationship.

The remarks came from New St. Petersburg Governor, native of Baku, Georgi Poltavchenko.

As to the role of Azerbaijanis in life of the city, the governor said:

"When the city was created, it was originally a multi-ethnic and multi-religious, because this is a window opened to Europe and has always been open to all. So, a unique system of relations between people of different nationalities and religions was created and representatives of more than 140 nationalities live in St. Petersburg.

We have established a House of Nations of St. Petersburg for more effective implementation and coordination in this area, whose main task is to create a unique community of people, as St. Petersburg residents.

As to Azerbaijani diaspora, it is widely and quite well represented in our city. According to some estimates, nearly half a million Azerbaijanis live here and what's valuable is that among them there are many who have glorified St. Petersburg,” Poltavchenko added.

'They are both scientists and artists, and businessmen. For example, founder of the Faculty of Oriental Languages at the ​​University of St. Petersburg, which is highly regarded throughout the scientific world, is an Azerbaijani Mirza Kazimzadeh. As to how Azerbaijanis live and work in the city, we created National Cultural Autonomy of Azerbaijanis of St. Petersburg in 2003, which not only supports us in various projects, but also allows its countrymen to adapt to new conditions.

Azerbaijanis are actively participating in various activities in the city, sporting events, maintain print media, hold cultural events, in particular, honor the achievements of our fathers, including Azeris, who took part in defending the city and liberation of the Soviet Union from Nazi troops.

National-Cultural Autonomy of Azerbaijanis of St. Petersburg is the largest in the city. It is one of the most effective organizations that contribute to interethnic and interfaith peace and prosperity of our common city. There are a number of Azerbaijanis, including those from my hometown of Baku, with whom I'm friends or have a great business relationship,' the governor continued.

The Governor noted that there are good trade relations between St. Petersburg and Azerbaijan, which was over $100 million in 2010 and there are chances to increase it.

"First and foremost, we are interested in food, fruit, which St. Petersburg people consume with great pleasure. There is a broad group of other Azerbaijani goods which enjoy much interest."

Timur Huseynov
News.Az

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