Did Russians transfer $800 mln worth of arms to Armenia?

On January 8, MediaForum.az uploaded what looks like a two-page secret unsigned undated attachment on the letterhead of a Russian general – Viacheslav Golovchenko, deputy commander of the Russian forces in the Caucasus – that lists the types of weapons allegedly transferred from Russian base in Armenia to Armenian defense ministry.

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Page 1, list of arms which Azerbaijani sources allege were transferred to Armenia by Russian army.

The document, which contains at least two typos and looks more like forgery than real,  lists as transferred: 21 tanks; 61 armored combat vehicles; 50 units of self-propelled and towed artillery; 9 MLRS systems; various air defense systems; light weapons; ammunition stockpiles; and equipment.
Azerbaijani sources claimed, that the documents proves $800 million worth of ‘illegal’ arms transfer from Russian military base stationed in Gyumri, Armenia.
The Azerbaijan ministry of foreign affairs has issued a statement yesterday, which says: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan expresses deep concern over this fact because transferred ammunition will considerably strengthen military potential of the country, which occupied a part of Azerbaijan’s territory. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan considers that the arms transfer will make the occupation to develop and to strengthen.
Furthermore, the report says: ” The arms transfer is a direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict and UN General Assembly resolution on the situation on occupied territories of Azerbaijan adopted on March 14, 2008. The question is about that Russia violates its obligations not to support any measures taken for developing and strengthening the occupation of Azerbaijani territories.”
Page 2, list of arms which Azerbaijani sources allege were transferred to Armenia by Russian army.
Page 2, list of arms which Azerbaijani sources allege were transferred to Armenia by Russian army.

There has so far been no response from either Russian or Armenian sides asserting or rejecting the allegations. It would have been excellent news if proved true, but I’m skeptical.
Furthermore, as Yandunts has noted, earlier in 2008, Russia reported to the United Nations that it transferred dozens of tanks and armored vehicles to Azerbaijan, but the Armenian side made no fuss about it. Now, watching the Azerbaijani reaction, one can’t help but wonder, why on earth didn’t the Armenian Foreign Ministry grab the opportunity on Russian-Azerbaijani arms deal? There’s clearly a lot that our foreign policy makers could learn from Azerbaijan.

Scientists uncover oldest known human brain from old world in Armenian cave

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Scientists have uncovered in an Armenian cave what may be the oldest preserved human brain from an ancient society, which dates back to 6,000 years.
The cave overlooks southeastern Armenia’s Arpa River, just across the border from Iran. The researchers found a trio of Copper Age human skulls, each buried in a separate niche inside the three-chambered, 600-square-meter cave. The skulls belonged to 12- to 14-year-old girls, according to anatomical analyses conducted independently by three biological anthropologists.
Fractures identified on two skulls indicate that the girls were killed by blows from a club of some sort, probably in a ritual ceremony, according to Gregory Areshian of the University of California, Los Angeles. Continue reading “Scientists uncover oldest known human brain from old world in Armenian cave”

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