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Up until very recently the Kurdish language was brutally suppressed everywhere in its native range except the Soviet Republic of Armenia.
Armenian Kurds enjoyed special status as an ethnic minority in the Soviet Union including special programs for economic development.
Kurds and international human rights organizations, however, still complain of an oppressive situation imposed by the Turkish government (Human Rights Watch 2006). Today Kurdish literature is still repressed with a number of Kurdish journalists jailed by what the Kurdish leftist opposition considers to be a puppet government of the United States and central government.
The rise of nationalist xenophobia and war in Armenia after the fall of the Soviet Union has pushed most Kurds out of Armenia, but around 30,000 Yezidi Kurds remain comprising about 1% of the population (CIA Armenia, 2007).They are also the largest non-Turkish minority in Turkey comprising 20% of the population (CIA Turkey, 2007).The Kurdish speaking people are 9% of the Iranian population (CIA Iran, 2007).The Kurds also have a history that has included secular and atheist political leaderships.The differing Kurdish religious identities have, at times, been a political factor both in divisions among the Kurdish people and in divisions, which distinguish them from the dominant nationalities.