Alley of Martyrs, Baku

Alley of Martyrs, Baku is a cemetery and memorial in Baku dedicated to those killed by the Soviet Army during Black January and later to those killed in Nagorno-Karabakh War.

At the morning I passed the square in front of Flame Towers and then entered the path in front of the Parliament building. The path is called “Alley of Martyrs.”

Flame Towers is the tallest skyscraper (super high-rise building) in Baku with a height of 190 m. The buildings consist of apartments, a hotel and office blocks.

Flame Towers is the tallest skyscraper (super high-rise building) in Baku with a height of 190 m. The buildings consist of apartments, a hotel and office blocks.

Parliament building

Parliament building

Alley of Martyrs, Baku

Alley of Martyrs, Baku

Gravestone line of victims killed by the Soviet Army at the Black January

Gravestone line of victims killed by the Soviet Army at the Black January

Black January:  By the morning of 20 January 1990 the Soviet troops under the command of Minister of Defence Dmitriy Yazov (1924) and Minister of Internal Affairs Vadim Bakatin (1937) (both of them were in Baku on that night) had successfully executed the order, and dead bodies were lying all over the streets of Baku.

The bloodthirsty wolves invaded Baku on the early morning of January 20 1990.

The bloodthirsty wolves invaded Baku on the early morning of January 20 1990.

The old type tank overwhelmed the defenseless citizens of Baku.

The old type tank overwhelmed the defenseless citizens of Baku.

A large number of martyrs

A large number of martyrs

Later the same year general Yazov received marshal’s epaulets, and the supreme Commander-in-Chief Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize.

The bodies of protesters slain by Soviet troops, January 20, 1990

Is there your friend in these graves?

Is there your friend in these graves?

Soviet tanks on the streets of Baku. January 20th 1990

By now we already know that more than 130 civilians including elderly, women and children were killed, and around 700 more were wounded on that night.

Graves of murdered people

Graves of murdered people

Dmitry Timofeyevich Yazov, the man who murdered many people and got many decorations, and became a general (marshal) of the army.

Dmitriy Yazov.jpg 

This boy’s father was killed by this man.

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