Nationalities People Power, Soviet Style

Moscow rolls out the tanks as Azerbaijan and Armenia flare up

For the third time since ethnic tension first erupted into violence nine months ago, armored vehicles clattered through the southern Caucasus last week. In the central square of Baku, the capital of the Azerbaijan Republic, a handful of people looked on curiously as tanks took up positions blocking entrances to the plaza. Curfews were imposed in several Azerbaijani cities, including Baku, and Soviet soldiers and police stopped groups of youngsters and ordered them to return home.

Moscow's crackdown, the latest chapter in a tug-of-war between the republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, came a...

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