[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Donya

[Date:] 9 Shahrivar 1336 [31 August 1957]

[Issue No.:] 453

 

...We visited the Haziratu’l-Quds of the Baha’is of Ashgabat

- How did the Iranian soldiers disarm some of the Soviet soldiers at the Jolfa border, commanded by Captain Paskovich?

Major Ghofranian was arrested while crossing the Soviet border and [detained] at the Soviet checkpoint.

All along the northern borders, the Soviets ploughed the land.

The Iranian delegation to the Iran-Soviet Border Dispute Resolution Commission left for the Iranian city of Astara, on 7 Mordad 1334 [30 July 1955] to perform their assigned duties under the supervision of yours truly, contact the Soviet delegation, which is headed by Arlov, and begin the negotiations...

Strong earthquake in Ashgabat and the Baha’i Temple

About seven years ago, there was a terrible earthquake in Ashgabat. We in Iran did not realize much about its noxiousness, and we supposed that only several houses had been damaged and several hundred people had died. In this trip it became evident that heavy damage had been inflicted upon the city, meaning that the quake had left almost no undamaged house, including the temple or gathering place of the Baha’is of Ashgabat, which was a beautiful and solid building with a magnificent dome above it. [The building] was so ruined and its foundation so shaken that engineers were hesitant to repair it and were thinking that its foundation had been shaken to such an extent that it could not be repaired; however, they made great efforts to renovate its building...