Askeran clash

The Askeran clash on 22—23 February 1988 in the town of Askeran was one of the starting points of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, which triggered the Nagorno-Karabakh War. The Askeran clash was followed by the Sumgait pogroms.[1]

Background and clash

On 22 February, two days after the request of Karabakh National Council to transfer the region of Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, a crowd of Azerbaijanis surrounded the local Communist Party headquarters, demanding information about rumors of an Azerbaijani having been killed in Stepanakert. They were informed that no such incident had occurred, but refused to believe it. Dissatisfied with what they were told, thousands began marching toward Nagorno-Karabakh, “wreaking destruction en route.” The authorities mobilized roughly a thousand police to stop the riots; the result was a clash in the Askeran region of Nagorno-Karabakh that left two Azerbaijanis dead, 50 Armenian villagers, and an unknown number of Azerbaijanis and police injured.[2][3]

On Azerbaijani Radio, deputy attorney general Katusev reported the fact that "two inhabitants of the Agdam district fell victim to murder", giving two Muslim surnames.[4] These news, according to Tamara Dragadze, were announced to show the gravity of the conflict and to calm down sentiments.[5]

The news of these clashes sparked the Sumgait pogrom against Armenian residents of the city of Sumgait on 27 February.[6]


  1. ^ Modern hatreds: the symbolic politics of ethnic war - Page 63 by Stuart J. Kaufman
  2. ^ Elizabeth Fuller, “Nagorno-Karabakh: The Death and Casualty Toll to Date,” RL 531/88, Dec. 14, 1988, pp. 1–2.
  3. ^ Modern Hatreds: The Symbolic Politics of Ethnic War - Page 63 by Stuart J. Kaufman
  4. ^ The New York Times, 11 March 1988, p. A6
  5. ^ The Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict: Structure and Sentiment”, in Third World Quarterly, No. 1 (January) 1989, p. 56; or Dragadze
  6. ^ Ethnic Fears and Ethnic War In Karabagh - Stuart J. Kaufman - Page 23

See also

Askeran (disambiguation)

Askeran may refer to:

Askeran Region, NKR

Askeran (town)

Askeran District (NKAO)

Askeran Fortress

Askeran clash, a violent conflict on 22—23 February 1988 in the town of Askeran that was one of the starting points of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict

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Nagorno-Karabakh ( nə-GOR-noh kar-ə-BAHK; Russian: Нагорно-Карабах, lit. 'mountainous Karabakh'; Armenian: Լեռնային Ղարաբաղ; Azerbaijani: Dağlıq Qarabağ), also known as Artsakh (Armenian: Արցախ), is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus, within the mountainous range of Karabakh, lying between Lower Karabakh and Zangezur, and covering the southeastern range of the Lesser Caucasus mountains. The region is mostly mountainous and forested.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed territory, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but most of the region is governed by the Republic of Artsakh (formerly named Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), a de facto independent state with Armenian ethnic majority established on the basis of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. Azerbaijan has not exercised political authority over the region since the advent of the Karabakh movement in 1988. Since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994, representatives of the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group on the region's disputed status.

The region is usually equated with the administrative borders of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast comprising an area of 4,400 square kilometres (1,700 sq mi). The historical area of the region, however, encompasses approximately 8,223 square kilometres (3,175 sq mi).


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