Andriyan does not have hope that the new
Azeri president will compensate Armenian
refuges for their property. All what she
expects from the new president, is peace.
" I would vote for him because he is his
It was a term heard often in Armenia during last
winter's presidential election campaign as Stepan
Demirchyan's unsuccessful campaign invoked the
memory of his assassinated father, Karen.
And it is a term repeated in neighboring Azerbaijan
in recent days as Ilham Aliev successfully campaigned
to succeed his father as President of Azerbaijan.
Had some 360,000 Armenians not fled Azerbaijan
during the Karabakh war, it is likely Aliev would
have gotten their votes this week as well.
"As Ilham is a successor of his father's
policy, that means he is for the peaceful resolution
of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict," says refugee
Zhanna Andryan who lives in Yerevan."I was
watching his interviews by TV and I can see that
he is polite, intelligent and smart just as his
Andryan spent more than 20 years singing in the
State Opera in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital. The
mezzo soprano singer said that Heidar Aliev was
fond of music and often visited the State Opera
with his family.
"I do not remember his son, Ilham, but I
remember his late wife who was a talented eye
doctor in Baku. Once after the performances they
came backstage and gave us flowers and thanked
us for the performance."
Along with Armenian owners of 92,000 houses in
Azerbaijan Andryan left her home in Baku in 1990.
She says she does not have hope that the new
Azeri president will compensate Armenian refuges
for their property. All that she expects from
the new president, is peace.
Another refugee Zhanna Arutyunova also hopes
that Ilham would not resume the war over Nagorno-Karabagh.
"People make war for power and money. Ilham
has both. Even if he were not elected president
the private capital made by his father would be
enough for him, his children and his grandchildren."
Arutyunova thinks that since Ilham Aliev
has both power and money there is no sense
for him to resume the war...
Arutyunova was a research officer in Baku and
often communicated with local officials. As she
said she and other Armenians, her neighbors and
colleagues enjoyed a kind attitude by the Azeris.
The pogroms in Baku of 1990 seemed to her to be
chaotic, but she said only when she found herself
in Armenia she realized that the anti-Armenian
movement was well planned.
"If the movement did not rise up in the
1990s, it would happen one day. Armenians had
no future in Azerbaijan. Despite there was an
Armenian church and no one could forbid speaking
Armenian it was because Baku was an international
city with many Russians and Jews," Arutyunova
"However the Armenians could not have leading
posts and Azeris were controlling the whole country,"
According to the recent data from the Department
for the Migration and Refugees there are 280,000
refugees left in Armenia. The rest left the country,
mostly for Russia.
Most of them have not been integrated into their
new homes and say every day they remember their
former homeland, which turned hostile toward them.
"If Ilham Aliev would conduct a tolerant
policy, maybe we will have chance to go to Baku,
not to stay there but at least to see one more
time the place where we were born," Andryan