Although Baku is friends with Kiev, even his patience has limits – Azerbaijan has expressed extreme concern mass violence against compatriots in Ukraine. In the last two years the Azerbaijanis are the leaders in the Ukrainian statistics as victims of kidnappings, robberies and murders. There is, however, a version that the ethnic origin of the victims nothing to do with it.
The Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Zakir Garalov on Friday urged his Ukrainian counterpart Yuriy Lutsenko to investigate the cases of attacks on residents in Ukraine compatriots. In Kiev sent in the letter, in Ukraine, the cases of violence against Azerbaijanis, attacks, abductions and killings of businessmen and other representatives of the Diaspora.
“No one living in the Ukraine, the ethnic groups do not become the object of such offences”
Call Zakir Garalov was a response to the rally, which on Wednesday Azerbaijanis held in front of the interior Ministry in Kiev. The demonstrators came from 200 cities of the country, and to support compatriots came and people’s artist of Ukraine Gurban Abbasov. Speakers reported that the problem has already informed the Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who received leaders of the Diaspora and promised to take the matter under his personal control. In particular, he promised to give the interior Ministry assignments and intercede that leaders of Diaspora was attended by the chief of the interior Ministry Arsen Avakov.
A dozen robbed merchants
Note that political relations between the two countries is very warm. In July, President Petro Poroshenko has caused even visit to Baku. Following the meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, he even made a sensational announcement that Ukraine and Azerbaijan will restore the project of the pipeline Odessa – Brody to transport oil. However, as the newspaper VIEW, the project in practice, waiting for an unenviable fate, as it remains economically unjustified. The fact that Azerbaijan has not only decided to intervene in domestic Affairs, but did it publicly, suggests that the patience of the friends of troops in Baku is not unlimited.
According to the United Congress of Azerbaijanis of Ukraine, recently in the river (in town, not the river bandits were kidnapped five Azerbaijani businessmen, two of them then released for ransom. However, the hostages are businessmen – activists of the Congress Sakit Hajiyev, El’var Iskander and native of Sumgait Vitaly width.
Recently in different cities of Ukraine were destroyed and burned many restaurants, six stolen expensive cars belonging to 12 entrepreneurs from Azerbaijan, complaining in Congress. In just the past two years, according to Congress, was abducted and killed more than 20 Azerbaijanis. Great response in the spring of 2014 caused the assassination of the President of the Congress Rovshan Tagiyev, as well as the murder of the mayor of Kremenchug Oleg Babayev.
At the end of April the head of the National police of Ukraine Khatia Dekanoidze acknowledged the sharp growth of crime in the country, saying that only in Kiev for the first quarter, compared to the same period last year, the crime rate has increased by 45%.
Rovshan Tagiyev says that the assassination attempt in may 2014, he survived by a miracle – he was shot at five meters, and “just got lucky, caught the killers.” The crime is still unsolved. “Over the past two years were regular kidnappings of businessmen and students Azeris – with the ransom. There were already cases of murder, while disclosed only a very small part of the crimes against Azerbaijanis”, – he said in an interview with the newspaper LOOK.
“Of course, we understand that over the past two years due to the difficult economic situation and the war significantly increased the number of criminal groups, but emphasize that no one living in the Ukraine, the ethnic groups do not become the object of such crimes,” he complained.
“Yesterday I met with Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, he also expressed his concern and gave instructions to understand. Yesterday also it became known that the events under control, the interior Ministry launched a large-scale investigation, the results will be known later,” – he said.
The criminal world has shown international quality
However, Tagiyev sure that the bandits are acting on the basis of pure greed, and not out of hostility to the natives of the Caucasus.
“Perhaps it is because we are better than other people, do business, or that the students themselves come from rich families who can pay a good ransom. However, until we know who’s behind this, I can’t exactly say what kind of motivation are driven by criminals,” – said Tagiev, adding that many of his friends no longer want to come to Ukraine.
“I guess this is due to the fact that after a series of lustration and personnel changes in the Ministry of internal Affairs have dropped significantly in the professionalism of its employees,” said Tagiev. The requirements of the Diaspora are not of a political nature. “We just wanted to strongly demonstrate a negative attitude towards the Ministry to demand from law enforcement agencies to perform their duties,” said Tagiev.
Director of the Kiev Institute of policy analysis and management Ruslan Bortnik believes that the problem is somehow connected with the origin of the born in Baku, the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, whom many consider the ethnic Armenian. “Rather, the reason lies in the economic factor as well as the degradation of law enforcement in General,” – said the expert newspaper VIEW.
“The overall level of crime in Ukraine increased by 30-40%. The number, for example, property theft has increased two–three times. Azerbaijanis in Ukraine – is first and foremost a business community. Here they came under attack as an ethnic minority, low economic resources,” – said Bortnik.