The Azerbaijani historical falsifications in Philately

Various empires and countries were established in the history of the civilized world, many of which were destroyed and disappeared from the world’s map regardless of their rich and strong background. There were countries and nations, the successor states to which are heretofore sovereign states and nations. There are still several nations and countries that were formed decades ago as the outcome of various geopolitical events. Such nations often needed to create fake historical myths. Particularly, it was very important to them, by falsification, to emphasize the antiquity of their ethnicity, the existence of a formerly powerful statehood, the territorial claims towards their neighbors and the creation of a centuries-old enemy image. A classic example of such nation is Azerbaijanis’ or as it is commonly called Azeris’ nation.

Back in the Soviet years, or rather in 1980, some attempts were made to start a villainous process of historical falsification by historians, in particular, referring to themselves as the so-called descendants of Caucasian Albanians.

At that time, the state support of such an approach was extremely dangerous, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union, especially during the period of the establishment of the Artsakh Republic, the Azerbaijani state provocative propaganda machine did not stop, getting more radical manifestations.

All history textbooks have been revised. They have eliminated and hidden the rich archival materials, which had irrefutable evidence of the emergence and formation of the Azeri national ethnicity.

National postage stamps are considered one of the state symbols of each country, after the flag, coat of arms and national currency.

In the last 20 years, the falsification of the historical facts through the postage stamps, as a component of national ideology, is one of the main manifestations of Azerbaijani state propaganda.

In 2001, the state post office of Azerbaijan issued and put into circulation the souvenir sheet depicting “About a million Azerbaijani migrants, due to the aggression of Armenians”, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In 2007, a souvenir sheet dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the so-called “The Khojaly massacre” was published in thousands of copies. The whole souvenir sheet is covered with the corpses of killed mothers and children, and in the middle is the monument: “a mourning Azerbaijani mother holding a murdered child in her arms”.

Through the images reproduced from the pogrom in Sumgait and by transposing  the victim with executioner, an attempt was made to present Armenians as barbarians, who did not spare even the defenseless mothers and children.

In 2020, immediately after the end of the war, a miniature sheet of the postage stamps on the ethnic cleansing in Artsakh was issued, it’s content is full of hatred towards Armenians. In the meantime, postage stamps portraying aggressive and belligerent images, handshaking of Azerbaijani and Turkish soldiers, accompanied by military equipment were also issued.

The fact that the stamps were issued is not so remarkable here, but what goals are pursued and what impact it has on the international community.

For the sake of truth, we should say that the Azerbaijan Republic carries out its propaganda in a rather targeted and literate way, particularly through postage stamps, postcards and envelopes. Tens of thousands of newly released philatelic specimens are distributed to the members of parliaments and governments of different countries free of charge at the state level.

Those are donated to the members of many international organizations and statesmen during the official and working meetings.

Obviously, such course of action has a great impact on different layers of the international community, since many people learn about the history, culture and identity of other nations and states through the postage stamps issued by those countries.

What steps are we taking? Over the past 30 years, “HayPost” CJSC has issued numerous stamps dedicated to the Armenian Genocide, the history and culture of the Armenian people.

In the past, the statesmen donated collections of Armenian postage stamps to high-ranking officials of other countries during the official ceremonies. However, it has not been implemented for a long time, not to mention sending postage stamps collections or booklets to various international organizations. Our postage stamps are quite expensive and not obtainable for many parents, who want to buy and donate these beautiful and intellectually unique souvenir sheets, as they used to do in the Soviet years.

Thus, it is time to draw serious conclusions.

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