Baku's Azizbeyov district renamed Khazar

Tue 11 May 2010 10:25 GMT | 14:25 Local Time

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Azerbaijan's parliament, the Milli Majlis, has voted to rename the capital's Azizbeyov district Khazar.

The vote took place today, website  reported.

A communist revolutionary, Mashadi Azizbekov (also written Azizbayov) was one of the commissars in the Bolshevik government that controlled the city between March and September 1918. When the commune was toppled by anti-Bolshevik forces in September 1918, the commissars were arrested and 26 of them were later shot in the Turkmen desert.

The Soviet government revered the 26 commissars as martyrs, but independent Azerbaijan has revised its view of them. The leader of the commissars was ethnic Armenian Stepan Shahumyan and only two of them, Azizbekov and Mir-Hasan Vazirov, were Azerbaijani. The commissars have been criticized for their role in Armenian massacres of Azerbaijanis in March 1918.

A statue of Azizbekov in a Baku square was removed last year.




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