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The Institute held a commemorative event that devoted to the 30th anniversary of January 20

The commemorative event that devoted to the 30th anniversary of the January 20 tragedy was held at the Institute of Radiation Problems of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS).

The 20 January martyrs was first commemorated by a minute's silence at the event.

Opening the event, director of the Institute, corresponding member of ANAS, Professor Ogtay Samadov shared his thoughts on the January 20 tragedy. Samadov noted that on the night of January 19 to 20, 1990, troops of the former Soviet Union entered Baku without declaring a state of emergency and they assassinated civilians. As a result of illegal coming of troops, 147 people were killed, 744 were wounded and 841 were arrested illegally in Baku and other regions of the country.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs, Associate Professor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor Ravan Mehdiyeva said that the January 20 tragedy has a great importance in the history of Azerbaijan and this day is a symbol of heroism in the struggle for freedom, independence and territorial integrity in our history. She noted that on this historic day the people of Azerbaijan showed to the whole world that they will not give up the centuries-old national freedom and independence that they sacrifice their lives, even for the sake of independence.

At the end of her speech, R. Mehdiyeva said that the national leader Heydar Aliyev raised this issue after returning to authority for the second time at the request of the people, and these important steps were taken to properly assess the January 20 events. She noted that January 20 was declared a national day of mourning by the order of the great leader.

Other employees of the Institute also expressed their own opinions on this painful event.

At the end of the event, a documentary film about the January 20 tragedy was shown.


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