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Sunday, January 24, 2010

New issues: Azerbaijan - "The tragedy of January 20"

Black January (Azerbaijani: Qara Yanvar), also known as Black Saturday or the January Massacre was a violent crackdown of the Azerbaijani independence movement in Baku on January 19-20, 1990, pursuant to a state of emergency during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The Helsinki Watch and Memorial Society found compelling evidence that the imposition of a state of emergency led to the unwarranted breach of civil liberties and that the Soviet troops used unjustified force resulting in many deaths. This includes the usage of armoured vehicles, bayonets and firing on clearly marked ambulances. In the resolution of January 22, 1990 the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan SSR declared that the decree of the Presidium of USSR Supreme Soviet of January 19, used to impose emergency rule in Baku and military deployment, constituted an act of agression. Black January is seen as the rebirth of the Azerbaijan Republic.
Tehnical details:
Date of issue: 20.01.2010
Design: Kh. Mirzoyev.
Printing: ofset.
Perforation: 14.0
Size of stamp : 28x40mm
Size of souvenir sheet: 99.5x74.5mm.
Circulation: 20000 sheetlet.
Postal Authority Azerbaijan

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