"Let all multinational denominations live in peace" - Azerbaijani Consul General in the Urals on Nizhniye Sergi fight

"Let all multinational denominations live in peace" - Azerbaijani Consul General in the Urals on Nizhniye Sergi fight
Ilgar Iskenderov, Consul General of Azerbaijan in the Urals

An Azerbaijani was killed in the brawl. The incident almost escalated into an interethnic conflict.

Ilgar Iskenderov, Consul General of Azerbaijan in the Urals, spoke about the fight in the town of Nizhniye Sergi, where an Azerbaijani died, reports E1.ru. Iskenderov said that the consulate would like a peaceful resolution and expects detailed information from law enforcement agencies.

“I do not know whether the deceased was an Azerbaijani citizen. If he was a citizen of the Russian Federation, it will be within the Russian legislation. Our stance is the following: let all multinational denominations live in peace”, the official said.

The general consul said the conflict was a “routine” one and added that the consulate would “investigate the thing thoroughly” because of the public outcry.

“Our diaspora is huge here, so we would definitely not want anyone “interested” to use the situation to their advantage. We want stability, we want friendship,” said Iskenderov.

The fight in Nizhniye Sergi of the Sverdlovsk region occurred in the evening of June 22 outside a local nightclub. A 40-year-old local man reportedly had an argument with a 49-year-old Azerbaijani. A fight ensued and the latter died. An autopsy revealed that the deceased had heart issues.

Social media began actively disseminating information about an interethnic conflict. Azerbaijanis flocked to Nizhniye Sergi from the adjacent settlements claiming that they were being “insulted”, and the locals began to spread texts on messaging apps saying that Azerbaijanis should be fought back. Riot policemen and ICR representatives arrived in the town.

Sources of Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that a crowd of Azerbaijanis had beaten a local a day before the fight. After that, the conflicting parties arranged a meeting outside a cafe. There was a bunch of Azerbaijanis, and just three men representing the locals. One of the Caucasians was allegedly pushed, after which and he fell and died. “I don’t think that our man meant to kill the Southerner,” a local resident told the publication.

The Consul General of Azerbaijan said that he did not believe that “Azerbaijanis corner Russian guys on the street and beat them up,” because “Russian guys were always able to stand up for themselves.”

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