Azeri Family’s Asylum Bid under Investigation

The Armenian-Georgian border crossing at Bagratashen (photo: Armenpress)

YEREVAN—Armenia’s immigration service is investigating the case of a five-member Azerbaijani family who entered Armenia seeking political asylum. Immigration authorities say they are trying to establish that the family was persecuted in Azerbaijan for reasons defined in the Geneva Convention, which include political affiliation, ethnic origin, and citizenship. The head of Armenia’s State Migration Service, Gagik Yeganyan, said the family is safe and being accommodated for in Armenia with the help of the UN office in Yerevan.

“We consider the case to be an objective request for asylum. In this case the country of origin makes no difference,” Gagik Yeganyan said. “Our approach is the same whether the family is from Azerbaijan or Sudan or any other country.”

37-year-old citizen of Azerbaijan Javid Orujev, his wife, and three children applied to the Armenian side at the Bagratashen checkpoint at the Armenian-Georgian border on January 29.

According to Armenia’s National Security Service, Orujev was under pressure from Azerbaijan’s special services ever after marrying a Baku resident of Armenian origin. In particular, he had been forced into trying to obtain data about Armenia and its Diaspora through the relatives of his ethnic Armenian wife, identified as 30-year-old Roya Mirzoyeva.


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  1. Armenian said:

    How does the country of origin make no difference? Who’s to say that the wife isn’t an Azerbaijani from Armenia who was taught Armenian from an early age for this very purpose? Why is the Armenian government so naive?

  2. Hagopian hagopian said:

    He already has confirmed that he has collected information regarding Armenia and the diaspora what asylum?? Deport them to turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Turkmenistan doesn’t matter any of the Stan’s why Armenia??? Just because your speak or understand armenian doesn’t make you one. Not even if your a hybrid. Let’s nail the last nail on Leon surmelians coffin and get this entire fusion hybrid cancer he attempted to infect our nation to rest. Deport them to the Azeri border post.
    Editor if asbarez in order to have people leave comments you need to be impartial. Stop your censorship

    • said:

      I disagree with the appeal to stop censorship!!

      This censorship is very valuable to me – it shows that my assessments are correct. Every time my post is deleted I know I got it right.

      But even more valuable to me is seeing my old, already published posts being deleted. This means that the policy has changed and what little truth on a particular subject was allowed before would not be allowed now. It’s Orwell’s1984 at it’s best.

      Please continue the censorship and improve it.

  3. said:

    Roya Mirzoyeva is not his “ethnic Armenian” wife. She claims only that her grandfather on her mother’s side had an Armenian sounding name. Her maternal and paternal ancestry also allowed her to submit immigration papers to other distant countries embassies in Baku…