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Newly-arrived troops struggle to halt a civil war

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The Argus-Press – Jan 17, 1990

MOSCOW (AP) — More than 11.000 newly ar­rived troops fought today to end battles between bands of Azerbaijanis and Armenians, who reportedly were armed with everything from submachine guns and grenades to com­mandeered artillery.
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Civil war threatens in Soviet republics

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The Fort Scott Tribune – Jan 15, 1990

MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijanis and Armenians appeared on the verge of open warfare today after a spasm of ethnic clashes and pogroms in the southern republic of Azerbaijan claimed at least 32 lives, Soviet media reported.
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THE WORLD; Gorbachev Is Feeling the Heat From the South

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March 6, 1988
By PHILIP TAUBMAN

MOSCOW— MIKHAIL S. GORBACHEV begins his fourth year as Soviet leader this week probably worried less about the state of the economy than the stability of the state.
The nationalist unrest that shook the southern republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the last two weeks was a powerful reminder that for all the talk of economic and spiritual decay in the Soviet Union, ethnic instability may be the greatest long-term threat to the future of the country.
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28 Reported Killed in 2 Weeks in Strife in Soviet Caucasus Region

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December 1, 1988
By FELICITY BARRINGER, Special to the New York Times

MOSCOW, Thursday, Dec. 1— Soviet authorities reported that 28 people have been killed in the troubled Caucasus region in the last two weeks, while a rising flood of refugees were reported to be fleeing from ethnic violence in the area.

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Sakharov, in New Forum, Still Dissents

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June 4, 1988
By FELICITY BARRINGER, Special to the New York Times

MOSCOW, June 3— Andrei D. Sakharov spoke out today for his Government’s new strivings and against its old and continuing repressions, using the auditorium, microphones and translating services of the Soviet Foreign Ministry for words that not long ago would have been cause for criminal action.
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Armenian refugees who fled tell of being terrorized in Azerbaijan

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St-Petersburg-Times-Jan23-1990
By ELIZABETH SHOGREN
Times Correspondent

MOSCOW — Sonya, a 25-year-old Armenian woman, choked back tears as she told other refu­gees how Azerbaijanis ransacked her apartment and killed her moth­er last week in the southern Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.
The young woman is among tens of thousands of Armenians who have fled Azerbaijan in the past 10 days, many of the refugees bringing nothing with them but the clothes on their backs.
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Fighting cools in Armenia, Azerbaijan

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Sun Journal – Jan 26, 1990

MOSCOW (AP) – Warring nation­alists agreed Thursday to a cease­fire along one of the tense battlefronts of the bloody conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, TASS said.
The announcement came as Baltic activists, worried that the dispute might affect their own peaceful push for independence, offered to help me­diate the blood feud between Arme­nia and Azerbaijan.
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Soviet Armenians Mourn Their Dead

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By FELICITY BARRINGER, Special to the New York Times
Published: March 9, 1988

MOSCOW, March 8— Tens of thousands of Armenians held a silent march and vigil in the Armenian capital of Yerevan this afternoon in memory of those slain in the recent rampages in the neighboring republic of Azerbaijan, according to Armenians and Westerners who were present.
At the same time, outside a small Armenian church in Moscow, witnesses to the violence that swept through Armenian sections of the Azerbaijani cities of Sumgait and Kirovabad eight days ago told disjointed, tearful tales of rape and butchery to a group of about 300 people.
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Shoot to Put Down Caucasus Violence, Soviet Troops Told

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The Daily Gazette – Jan 17, 1990
By ANN IMSE

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin yesterday told the thousands of soldiers it sent to the Caucasus to shoot if need be to halt bands of Azerbaijani and Armenians fighting each other in hills around the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Thousands of Armenian refugees poured from the southern republic of Azerbaijan, many beaten or chased from their homes by angry mobs. Some blamed the attacks on Azerbaijani who earlier fled ethnic violence in Armenia.
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Upheaval in the East: Emigres; Armenians in U.S. Say the People of the Homeland Are in Danger, but What Can Be Done?

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By SETH MYDANS, Special to The New York Times
Published: January 23, 1990

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22— Khachatur Nagapityan, a track and field coach, came here from Soviet Armenia just two years ago, but he is ready to return whenever he is needed to fight for what he sees as his people’s survival. ”It happened once before, in 1915, and now history is being repeated,” he said, referring to the mass killings of Armenian civilians by the Ottoman Turks during World War I. Now, like many other Armenians and Armenian-Americans here, he was showing his helplessness and frustration after scores of his countrymen were reported killed last week in a dispute with Soviet Azerbaijanis.
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