Black January: A massacre in Baku on the road to independence

On January 20, 1990, Soviet Union troops entered Baku, Azerbaijan and killed 137 civilians.

Black January: A massacre in Baku on the road to independence

World Bulletin / News Desk

People in Azerbaijan today are marking the 24th anniversary of what became known to be ‘Black January’, in remembrance of the victims of the 20 January 1990 massacre of Azeri civilians upon the orders of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Despite over two decades passing since the tragedy, the pain of the day when Soviet soldiers opened fire on unarmed people of Baku, killing 137 and injuring 700, including women and children, remain fresh in people’s minds in Azerbaijan.

Just like every year, thousands are expected to pay their respects at the Martyr’s Memorial in the capital Baku, with President Ilham Aliyev also expected to attend.

Last Mod: 20 Ocak 2014, 15:05
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