This post is going to invite a lot of spam comments from the ‘religious fanatic’ category of spambots. That’s what you get when you write about how a man rides into your capital city, which is reeling in the crushes of the fallen Soviet Union and ineffective ruling powers, and then is held up as the savior of the country, bringing salvation to his oppressed people and stemming the encroachment of foreign evils on their lands. This is the story of Heydar Aliyev (Heydər Əliyev).
It’s important for you to know this because today is National Salvation Day, celebrating this day in 1993 when Heydar, invited to Baku, made his epic trek from Nakhchivan to take over as Chairman of the Azerbaijani Supreme Soviet. From Today.Az:
Azerbaijan faced a crisis in the authorities. Separate individuals and groups struggled among themselves for power in the young republic. National Front occupied the power of the state May 14, 1992 and showed inability to lead the state on the first days of its ill-determined ruling. In 1993 Azerbaijan faced the danger of the civil war.
On such a hard period of time people invited the prominent son of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev from Nakhchivan to Baku. Aliyev came to Baku June 19, with the insistence of the people and the authorities of the republic. He prevented civil war in Azerbaijan in a short period of time.
Aliyev was elected the chairman of the Azerbaijani Supreme Soviet June 15, 1993 and this date entered our history as the National Salvation Day. The Azerbaijani Parliament declared June 15 a holiday in June 1997 with the insistence of the people.
That means I didn’t go to work today. In honor of Heydar’s deity status, everyone has had off yesterday and today.