Thursday, June 10, 2004

Azeri Student at American Univ.
In Bulgaria Threatens Armenians

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

Just when Armenians were recovering from the shocking murder of an Armenian
officer who was hacked to death by an Azeri classmate in a NATO Partnership
for Peace program (how ironic?) in Budapest, Hungary on February 19, an
Azeri in Bulgaria makes vicious and racist threats against Armenians.
Rauf Zeynalov, an Azeri student at the American University in Bulgaria
(AUBG), sent on April 30th a very vicious and obscene hate mail to Karen
Vrtanesyan, the web master of, in response to an
article condemning the murder by Ramil Safarov of an Armenian officer in
Hungary. In order to spare our readers' sensibilities, I have deleted the
crude four-letter words used by Zeynalov in the following e-mail:
"Bitch, I have seen ur (sic) some inventions (sic) in the
forum for Ramil Safarov. I wanna (sic) say that Ramil ┘ [expletive deleted]
that bitch armenian (sic) guy in Hungary and belive (sic) me that we, all
azeris (sic) will ┘ [expletive deleted] ur (sic) and all armenians (sic)
mom. Actually, it was ur (sic) mom who was shouting last night in the bed
of one of azeris (sic). And me (sic) ┘ [expletive deleted] ur (sic) sister
:::::::::)))))))) (sic). She was really cool :) (sic). With the wish of ┘
[expletive deleted] all armenians (sic). By the way we are not gays, so for
sure we will ┘ [expletive deleted] girls and women coming to u (sic), u
(sic) will be ┘ [expletive deleted] in other ways :) ┘ [expletive deleted]
u (sic) !!!"
Vrtanesyan informed the officials of the American University in Bulgaria on
May 17 about the hate mail sent by one of their students, Rauf Zeynalov,
using the university's e-mail system. Vrtanesyan sent to the University a
copy of Zeynalov's obscene and threatening e-mail.
David C. Durst, the Interim Chief Academic Officer at the American
University in Bulgaria, immediately responded to Vrtanesyan by saying: "I
have received your letter. This is a serious allegation and I have opened
an investigation of the case."
Four days later, on May 21, Durst sent the following e-mail to Vrtanesyan:
"I write to inform you of the action the AUBG Administration has taken in
response to the serious threats and offensive language the AUBG student
Rauf Zeynalov used in violation of AUBG's written rules governing the use
of e-mail on campus. Rauf Zeynalov will not be attending the university
during the fall semester, and before he will be allowed to return to AUBG
he will be required to convince the University Administration to its
satisfaction that he understands the severity of his misguided action and
that he will maintain respect for and work cooperatively with others of
different backgrounds and opinions upon return to the University."
Karen Vrtanesyan should be commended for bringing the offensive e-mail of
this Azeri hate monger to the immediate attention of the American
University in Bulgaria. David Durst and the officials of AUBG should also
be commended for their prompt action.
Readers should write to David Durst ( suggesting that the
Azeri student should be expelled from the University rather than being
suspended just for one semester. Letters should also be sent to the Soros
Foundation's Open Society Institute in Bulgaria ( urging them
to rescind the scholarship they had awarded to Rauf Zeynalov for the full
cost of his educational expenses towards a Bachelor Degree at the American
University in Bulgaria.

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