BAKU—Images of the dead, which are customary on Soviet-era gravestones, appeared on a newly-renovated road in the Rasulzade village in Baku’s Binagadi district, reported the Azeri news portal Oxu.az.
The images were from gravestones taken from the largest Russian-Armenian Christian cemetery in Baku’s Narimanov region and used as placeholders on the sidewalks. Before they we asphalted over, however, residents were shocked and reported the incident.
According to Oxu.az, the villagers were horrified by the tombstones, of which the road of the district is constructed.
“According to residents, a month ago, a water line was drawn in the district. Then, they poured large stones on the road in order to repair it. A few days later it began to rain, which washed away the surface of the stones, and it became clear that these were gravestones,” reported the publication.
Video-footage aired on a local television channel clearly shows that the tombstones are of Christians.
The executive body of Binagadi district stated that they were not engaged in the matter, and promised to find out by whom and where those stones came from, wrote Oxu.az.
In late 2002, the Azerbaijani military destroyed 3000 Armenian cross-stones in Julfa which were recognized a cultural heritage by UNESCO. In December 2005, the Azerbaijani military hammered and broke the last of the cross stones. This crime was captured on video from the Iranian side.
Also in 2007 Narimanov cemetery, which served as a burial ground for Russian and Armenians, was destroyed.