Vandals Deface Christian Cemetery in Baku

A bulldozer on the site of the Narimani cemetery, Azerbaijan's largest Christian cemetery, which was destroyed in 2013 (Source:
A bulldozer on the site of the Narimani cemetery, Azerbaijan's largest Christian cemetery, which was destroyed in 2013 (Source:

A bulldozer on the site of the Narimani cemetery, Azerbaijan’s largest Christian cemetery, which was destroyed in 2013 (Source:

BAKU (Panorama)—Vandals reportedly attacked a Christian Orthodox cemetery in the Sabunchi municipality of Baku on the evening of June 5. According to a letter sent to, individual headstones of graves were destroyed, as well as the tombstones of “mass graves”.

According to police officers, the tombstones—20 in total—had been broken and taken out of the cemetery on the night of June 5. When asked who could have been responsible, they said, “Possibly those who are interested in that stone.”

“There is an impression that we arrived at a rare wilderness on the offsets of Azerbaijan. The narrow, jolty and dusty country roads, often ending in deadlocks, are practically deserted because of intense heat and dust,” the letter said of the site of the cemetery in Baku.

The cemetery in Sabunchi is part of a larger memorial park. It is the most recent target in a string of attacks on Christian cemeteries in Azerbaijan in recent years.

In November 2013, Russian-language internet sites in Azerbaijan were riled by the destruction of Azerbaijan’s largest Russian-Armenian Christian cemetery, the Narimani cemetery in Baku, also known as ‘Montino’ to local residents.

Tombstones and headstones from the Narimani cemetery were discovered to have been removed and used in construction projects in the Rasulzade settlement in Baku. The cemetery was later completely destroyed by bulldozers. According to reports, epitaphs and portraits of the deceased were left on stones and could still be seen on new construction.

Apartment buildings have since replaced the Narimani cemetery.

In 2014, a letter sent to from a resident of Baku’s Khazar district told of the neglect and plight of the Orthodox cemetery in the Bina settlement. According to the letter, locals had turned the cemetery into a garbage dump and used it to graze cattle and small livestock.


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  1. Edward Demian said:

    What can I say. OK. We’ll trade you that cemetery for yet another district in Azerbaijian. Let them have the dead. Their final sacrifice, and we will keep life, that the land will sustain. I mean it. One square kilometer for every dead soldier on the border. One more Azery district for every cemetery and every church they destroy. Let them start and we’ll finish.

  2. Mkhitar Yepremyan said:

    The Turk remains the same Turk. This must be an education to all world governments. Turkey and Azerbaijan bring disgrace to humanity. The Genocidal Turk is ion action as the picture above shows. Viva to you Turkey and Azerbaijan, you both deserve to be called enemies of the humanity. Bravo to you both barbarians, bravo!

  3. Dingo said:

    It’s only evils can do that and they all around us. That were my Family cemetery .if Armenians not get up and protect own mather land , that’ what They will do to us. because they’re coming distroy Amenia again !