Maxim Shevchenko

Russian journalist, Russian First Channel anchorman, member of the Public Chamber Commission on Interethnic Relations and Freedom of Conscience, head of the working group of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, head of the Center for Strategic Studies of Religion and Politics of the Modern World.

Maxim Shevchenko: “I am sure that the Karabakh conflict should be resolved firstly by returning  refugees who left the zone of Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas occupied by the Armenian army, because of the threat of ethnic destruction.”

Maxim Shevchenko: “Without the participation of Turkey, the issue cannot be resolved.”

Maxim  Shevchenko: “The sooner the kind of situation will be created that will ensure the return of refugees, first of all Azerbaijani, to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the regions of Azerbaijan occupied by the Armenian army, the sooner it will be possible to talk about restoring some kind of subjective justice.”

Maxim Shevchenko: “At the same time, no declarations, no efforts of external forces and parties will lead to anything, if almost a million Azerbaijanis, forcibly expelled from these territories, do not exercise their legal rights to return to places where their ancestors lived for centuries.”

Maxim  Shevchenko: “The military victories won by the Armenian group in the early 1990s are given only in exchange for something. That is, on the guarantee of peace or some status. I am sure that Armenia will exchange the status of Karabakh, and the status of these regions for something else, for some oil and gas contracts that are beneficial for them or some financial grants.”

Maxim  Shevchenko: “The priority issue in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be the return of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijani refugees to their native lands”

Maxim Shevchenko: “I love Baku very much. Here I feel very comfortable, like at home “


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For what did Maxim Shevchenko “exchange” his professional and human conscience?

Since Mr. Shevchenko is obviously capable of speculating only in terms of purchase and sale-exchange, it would be appropriate to ask what exactly he himself “exchanged” his own professional and human conscience? However, in the context of the planned meeting in Moscow, another question is much more important: how does one person, who does not hide his uniquely subjective and tendentious position, is one of the main organizers and, most likely, the ideologists of “public forums”? How can a person be a peacemaker who has absolutely distorted, far from reality views on the problem and literally advertising his own prejudgement and bias? Thus, there is no doubt that the widely advertised “peacekeeping public forum” is aimed at preparing the ground for the following: 1) the return of Azerbaijani refugees to Artsakh without the slightest hint of a solution to the fate of Armenian refugees (it is appropriate to recall the recent statement by the Armenian Foreign Minister that the issue of refugees can only be discussed after a full resolution of the conflict and only in conjunction with Armenian refugees); 2) the openions of Azerbaijanis, for whom Artsakh was the seat of administrative residence, participants in the process of peaceful settlement along with legally elected authorities of the NKR; 3) Blurring the factor of the subjectivity of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic itself; 4) Representing the NKR not as a state, but as a region within Azerbaijan with equal rights of the two communities. Ultimately, these and a number of other factors are supposed to be the basis for solving the problem in such an Azerbaijani format: the self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh within Azerbaijan.

Karabakh analyst: “Maxim Shevchenko could use his profession and public position for specious purposes”

“Since the end of December last year, some leading Azerbaijani media have been trying by all means present the ” Judge Yourself “leading program anchorman, Maxim Shevchenko, as an expert on the Karabakh issue. The TV host himself, asserting without modesty that he “knows everything about the Karabakh conflict and the history of this conflict”, knows practically nothing, because he is guided by false theses, turning into a horn of senseless ideas of Baku and word by word repeating the thoughts of Azerbaijani ideologists. It is not by chance that Shevchenko cites “top secret data,” which, apparently, only he and high-ranking officials of the national security system of Azerbaijan know. It is, in particular, that a huge number of special services, mafia, terrorist groups operate on the “front line”. As correspondent BakuToday News in Stepanakert, commented the Karabakh independent analyst David Karabekian statements of the leading program “Judge for yourself” Maxim Shevchenko on the process of settlement of the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict. “By the way, about terror. Since 1988, the Azerbaijani authorities have strengthened the policy of terror not only against the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, threatening  with physical harm, later attitude towards the Azerbaijani population, first turning them into a human shield, and then – forcing to leave the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and nearby Districts, so that  creating a kind of refugee ghetto in the center of Azerbaijan, to find “arguments” for raising question in the international arena, against which it will be possible to extort large sums from international donors, “the Karabakh analyst said. According to him, “the TV presenter seems to be giving his absurd statements a kind of correct things – statements about peace and good neighborhood, the need to restore the rights of people, to return them to their former places of residence.” “However, all this is, in fact, false, tendentious and biased, because it concerns only Azerbaijanis:” The priority issue in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be the return of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijani refugees to their native lands. ” At the same time Shevchenko forgets about a million Armenian refugees from Karabakh and Azerbaijan, who left their homes during the years of Soviet power and after the collapse of the USSR. Azerbaijan is responsible for the violated rights of all refugees, regardless of nationality, “said David Karabekian. According to the words, “Shevchenko as a whole is giving priority to eliminating the consequences of the conflict by eliminating its causes.” “In the end, it all boils down to the fact that the Karabakh people will again get” extended autonomy within Azerbaijan “. That is, they will not get anything, because even in the Soviet period, everyone was convinced that autonomy in Azerbaijan is nothing more than a “white genocide,” the Karabakh analyst said. In his opinion, it is not in vain in the statements of Shevchenko that the theme of trade dominates. “In the future, the Armenian and Azerbaijani people he sees as” trading among themselves. ” It is not by chance that he is sure that “Armenia will exchange both the status of Karabakh and the status of these regions (meaning the territories occupied during the war – ed.) For something else. Suppose, for some oil and gas contracts that are advantageous for them, financial grants. ” He  tells Baku: “Do you know, when a fortress cannot be taken by storm or it  is possible, but at the cost of great losses, then it is always possible to agree with the defenders of this fortress and make them their allies or vassals. This is called a strategy of not direct action. ” Obviously, Shevchenko himself is guided by this strategy, cunning, distorting facts and misleading the public. But I wonder where he got this experience? Is it in the process of supporting the Hamas terrorist organization or the biased coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict? “David Karabekian said. According to the analyst, instead of recommending Baku to reckon with realities and sit down at the table of direct negotiations with Stepanakert, the TV presenter asserts that “the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is associated with an increase in the real political weight of Russia, Turkey, the European Union”, which, he said, are “Guarantors of settlement”. “This must be in line with Baku’s policy of pulling chestnuts out of the fire with someone else’s hands. It’s strange that Maxim Shevchenko voluntarily became a cog in the Azerbaijani propaganda machine and only adds fuel to the fire in the already tense situation in the region. But he could use his profession and public position for specious purposes, “David Karabekian summed up.