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Lecture on Lezgi people in Brussels

Ruslan Kurbanov told about the divided people

Last month FLNCA Vice President Ruslan Kurbanov delivered a lecture on the problems of the divided Lezgi people to students, doctoral students and staff of the University of Brussels.

In the introduction a meaningful insight into the political history of theLezgi people was made. FLNCA Vice President told the audience in a detailabout the stages of formation, development and transformation of statehood ofthe Lezgi people.

He also talked about the struggle of previous generations of Lezgi people forindependence at all historical stages, about entering the Russian state, aboutthe rapid modernization of the Soviet period.

The larger part of the lecture was devoted to the causes andconsequences of the division of the Lezgins between the two countries - Russia andAzerbaijan after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Among the most serious consequences of the division Ruslan Kurbanov mentioned the gap of single cultural-linguistic space, the gradual assimilation anddissolution of the most of the Lezgi people in Turkic environment of Azerbaijan.

Ruslan Kurbanov also told about FLNCA work on the cultural, youth, educationaland international work aimed at reducing the negative factors of the Lezgi peopledivision.
According to the Lezgi researcher, FLNCA for the past fifteen years has been theonly organization which defends the interests of the divided people at severallevels - local, national, regional, federal and international.

The audience showed great interest to the problem and expressed the desire toget better acquainted with it.

At the end of the lecture, many students and staff of the University ofBrussels admitted that they received such comprehensive information on thehistory and contemporary problems of Lezgi people for the first time andexpressed interest in the new meetings.

It should be pointed out that this lecture will not be the only event in thelife of the University of Brussels related to Lezgi issues. As part ofrealization of Ruslan Kurbanov's research plan there is still a long list oflectures, round tables and expert interviews on this topic.

Farida Sanjakh

FLNCA press-service

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