Email from Clement
Bailly, grandson of Jeyhun Hajibeyli [brother of Uzeyir Hajibeyov], who
lives in Paris. Posted on HAJIBEYOV.com with permission from the author.
To: Betty Blair, Editor of Azerbaijan International magazine and editor
of HAJIBEYOV.com, who lives in Los Angeles.
Issue: Researching the history of the Hajibeyov Family since so much was
lost during the Soviet period and Uzeyir the composer was living in Baku
while his brother, vehemently anti-Communist was forced to live in exile
in Europe. Clement is wondering about censorship during the Soviet period
and what influence it had on the creativity of Hajibeyov.
I do not know what happened with my email. I was in the middle of writing
a long historical text about censorship in USSR during the 30s. The damned
thing disappeared from my computer. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!
Guess Ill have to rewrite it. Lot of things happened in this period
of time. Uzeyirs attitude is more comprehensible. Ive found
another interesting quote. My grandfather [Jeyhun, Uzeyirs brother]
wrote After all, Stalin is from the Caucasus, I think the Russian
people are suffering more than us (Caucasians) I think its true
that Stalin was more gentle with Caucasus than for the rest
of USSR. Anyway I will try to do again my little writing.
December 4, 2001
I started back on my little story on Soviet censorship during the
30s with new documentation that I have found. Mainly about problems
encountered by Russian musicians - Prokofiev, Shostakovitch even the Armenian
composer Kachaturian - during this period of dirigisme [economic
planning and control by the state].
The 30s were the worst period in USSR. There was a great crisis and the
words like sabotage, diversionism, foreign
agents, and others appear.
In 1934 the nightmare starts: public trials, mass deportation (7 million
people , 3 million killed). Give me a few days and I will send you the
As Azerbaijan does not seem to be even thinking about writing their history
from 1920 to 1990, we have to find out for ourselves. Azerbaijanis still
fear Russia, Russia still thinks that the Caucasus is just one of their
province, just like Afghanistan.
Lets do a Virtual Museum of the Hajibeyov Museum on the web. I think
we have enough material.
Clement in Paris
December 5, 2001
Added: Dec 15, 2001