26 years ago, on the night from the 19th to the 20th of January 1990, the Soviet government made one of the biggest steps that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, de facto outlawing and shooting their own people who were residents of Baku. In history this event is famous as 'Black January'. 132 people were killed and another 612 were injured, 841 were illegally arrested. The event is annually remembered as one of the most treacherous and bloody pages in the history of the Soviet Union.
Today is a day of mourning in Azerbaijan. The embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Russian Federation hosted an event dedicated to the 26th anniversary of the January 20th tragedy.