Thursday, February 27 2020 18:09
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Armenia`s Ambassador appealed to Russia`s Prosecutor General to start  an investigation into the incitement of ethnic hatred in connection  with the publication in the ``Nezavisimaya Gazeta``

Armenia`s Ambassador appealed to Russia`s Prosecutor General to start  an investigation into the incitement of ethnic hatred in connection  with the publication in the ``Nezavisimaya Gazeta``

ArmInfo.Armenian Ambassador to Russia Vardan Toghanyan appealed to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation with a demand to start an  investigation into the incitement of ethnic hatred, xenophobia and  religious intolerance.

''We will not demand a refutation from ''Nezavisimaya Gazeta'',  because we consider it blasphemous, savage and criminally punishable  - what was in Nezavisimaya Gazeta. First of all, in our opinion, the  publishing house, the newspaper, which is a licensed enterprise, is  responsible. They have a media license and, in fact, in the opinion  of our lawyers, there is a clear violation of the legislation on the  media, and this material contains a large bouquet of criminal  articles, in connection with which I turned to the Prosecutor General  of Russia with a request to start an investigation into the  incitement of ethnic hatred, xenophobia, religious intolerance",  Toghanyan said in an interview with "Govorit Moskva".  The diplomat  also doubted the quality of the documents referred to by the author  of the article.  ''I do not know what kind of archival materials they  meant. The special services probably have various materials. It is  difficult to say how serious they are, or if they are just delation  in exchange for five cents.  We know how history is distorted now,  not only of the 20th century. And we understand that anything can be  found in the archives, and how certain materials in individual cases  can be taken and used".

The Ambassador of Armenia added that he applied not only to the  Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, but also to the Federal  Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology,  and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor).

''Still, the media in some way is responsible for this or that  information. We must proceed from responsibility, understanding that  in this case we are talking about ordinary slander, the usual  incitement to hatred towards each other. Therefore, I turned to the  prosecutor's office - not only me, but also many Armenian public  organizations - and, of course, to Roskomnadzor in order to check  whether the terms of the media license and the media law were  violated>.

The day before, the non-governmental organization "Union of Armenians  of Russia" appealed to Nezavisimaya Gazeta with a demand to refute  the information in the article <Sumgait Tragedy. How it started and  how it was>.

According to Lev Askerov, the author of the article, the instigators  of the events of 1988 were the clergy of the Gregorian churches of  Baku and Stepanakert, who trained Armenian agitators and fighters. 

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