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Episodes from February 7 to March 3, 1988, related to the arrival of a group of Armenians from the Armenian SSR, their temporary accommodation in hotels in Baku and Sumgait, and the withdrawal of deposits by Armenians from savings banks in the city of Sumgait in January-February of the same year.
According to the testimony of Dianova Samaya Mirza kyzy, who worked in 1988 as the director of the hotel of the Azerbaijan "Railway Station" and worked as administrator of Najafova Fazili Abas kyzy, they saw how in February 1988 persons of Armenian nationality who arrived from Armenia lived in the hotel and met here with various persons of Armenian nationality. These Armenians introduced themselves as law enforcement officers and spoke in Armenian with the Armenians who came here to meet with them.
On the basis of archival documents, the investigation established that in January-February 1988, Armenians were massively withdrawing savings from savings banks in the city of Sumgait. It was established that in January-February 1988, that is, immediately on the eve of the riots in the city of Sumgait, out of 14 savings banks operating in the city, 84 depositors of Armenian nationality withdrew savings in the amount of 143,064 rubles. From the preliminary documents presented by the Sumgait branch No. 2 of KapitalBank regarding the issuance of savings, it can be seen that during the above period 18 people withdrew their savings in the amount of more than 1,000 rubles, 7 people - more than 2,000 rubles, 8 people - more than 3,000 rubles, 4 people - more than 4000 rubles, 3 people - more than 5000 rubles.
The investigation established that in 1988, 33 people worked in various savings banks of the city of Sumgait in various positions. Interrogated as a witness in the case of Guliyev, Yazgul Alesker kyzy, who worked in 1971-2007. as a senior cashier in the savings bank No. 193, in her testimony she testified that from conversations going on since the end of 1987, television, newspapers and other sources, she learned that the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, organizing rallies, are demanding secession from the Azerbaijan Republic and joining the Armenian Republic.
At the beginning of 1988, I heard from bank employees that the Armenians began to massively withdraw funds that were kept in savings banks. In connection with the withdrawal of more than 5,000 rubles by a woman named Siranush Baranova on January 21, 1988, she testified that when she asked her the reason for the withdrawal of savings, the latter stated that due to the fact that she was an Armenian, unknown people often called her home. persons and, threatening her, demand the transfer of money to the foundation of the Krunk society. Interrogated as a witness in the case of Mamedov, Zamina Mahmud kyzy, who worked in 1981-1995. on the position of operator-controller in the savings bank No. 200, in her testimony in connection with the issuance of savings in the amount of 3,000 rubles to Ramella Hayrapetyan on January 3, 1988, she testified with the same content. Jafarova's witness Khanym Rahman kyzy, working in 1975-1995 as a controller in the savings bank No. 178, in her testimony regarding the issuance of savings to Lida Martirosova in the amount of 1,638 rubles, she showed that she knew Lida Martirosova well as a depositor of the cash desk. The latter was a native of Devechi region and graduated from an Azerbaijani school. When she was withdrawing the money, she said that unknown people were calling her and, threatening, demanding that the money be transferred to the background of the Kruk society. A witness who had worked for 19 years in the savings bank No. 181, Khalilova Aziza Tanryverdi kyzy, testified in her testimony that on February 13, 1988, Larisa Surenovna Sayan, who lived near the savings bank, withdrawing money in the amount of 5,119 rubles, told her that the members of "Krunk" call her and demand money. In the testimony of Musaeva Sevda Musa kyzy, who worked as director of the savings bank No. 177, it is said that on February 19, 1988, when Marina Osipyan gave out savings in the amount of 1,013 rubles, the latter said that she was threatened and demanded money from her. During the investigation, it was also established that in January-February 1988, that is, immediately on the eve of the riots in the city of Sumgait, many telephone conversations with Armenia, money transfers were carried out from the post offices operating in the city. In this regard, persons who worked at the post offices at that time were identified and interrogated. Sorokina Marina Nikolaevna, who worked at the post office number 11, testified that in 1987-1988, women named Zhenya Arustamyan, Raisa Mezhlumyan worked with her at the post office, since the end of 1987 these women mostly talked only among themselves, and when persons of other nationalities approached, they immediately stopped the conversation. At the same time, they began to receive many calls, people of Armenian nationality came to them and talked about something in Armenian. In addition, the number of money transfers to Armenia from the Armenians, who had not previously used the services of the post office where she worked, increased. The amount of transfers was 10-15 rubles, but the number of transfers increased. She saw receipts of these transfers on the desk of the deputy head of the post office, Alena Balayan, when the latter was compiling a list. Although these translations did not concern her in any way. At the sight of her, A. Balayan covered the list with another document