Winter 2001 (9.4)
Experiences - These Past Ten Years
We have a saying: "Better to have lived one day in freedom
than 40 years in slavery." If the Soviet Union had not collapsed,
I would be a citizen of the USSR, but that wouldn't mean sharing
the same "equal rights" with the "elder brother"
- Russia. I would not know one of the most precious things in
the world - freedom of speech and democratic thinking. My spiritual
world would not be as rich as it is today.
Since the establishment of the USSR, there have been a number
of times when Azerbaijan lost territory to other republics. Even
on the eve of the collapse of the USSR, the Soviet leaders unleashed
a conflict that led to Armenia's hostile occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh
with the help of Soviet troops. This is what I find the hardest
thing to adjust to - the seizure of Nagorno-Karabakh.
(9.4) Winter 2001.
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