Russian-Israeli blogger defeats Azerbaijan's Karabakh blacklist

A picture taken on February 7, 2017, shows Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin upon his landing in Baku after being extradicted from Belarus to Azerbaijan. AFP PHOTO / TOFIK BABAYEV

Azerbaijan’s grand experiment of scaring everyone with its blacklist and making the Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin an example has failed spectacularly. All kudo’s go to Lapshin, of course. What a guy! But let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

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Average salary in Armenia is higher than Azerbaijan, lower than Georgia

Average Salary in Post-Soviet States
Average Salary in Post-Soviet States

I came across this infographic on Настоящее Время, which shows average salaries in post-Soviet states in 2016-17. The data is taken from open sources, like the World Bank, etc. Interesting to see that the salaries in oil-rich Azerbaijan are lower than in Armenia, meanwhile Georgia is ahead of everyone. Below is a table extracted from the infographic, which I’ve typed up and translated into English for easy reference.

Country Salary
Estonia  $1,313.00
Latvia  $1,009.00
Lithuania  $903.00
Russia  $657.00
Kazakhstan  $432.00
Georgia  $413.00
Belarus  $402.00
Armenia  $397.00
Azerbaijan  $299.00
Moldova  $288.00
Ukraine  $263.00
Kyrgyzstan  $204.00
Turkmenistan  $198.00
Uzbekistan  $177.00
Tajikistan  $120.00

Why Azerbaijani Laundromat is Bad for Armenia and Georgia

Map of South Caucasus
Map of South Caucasus

Even though Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are vastly different states, they are always viewed together as one region — the South Caucasus. This means that all international human rights, anti-corruption and democratization reports will look at the indicators from these three countries and try to ‘bring them in line’ together. Continue reading “Why Azerbaijani Laundromat is Bad for Armenia and Georgia”

Armenians Have The Strongest Opinions on Moral Issues in Eastern Europe

I came across this interesting info-graphic by RFE/RL on social views and morality in the Eastern European countries. What I found most startling, however, was just how unanimous are the views in Armenia: 96% disapprove drug use and prostitution, 98% disapprove homosexuality, 79% disapprove premarital sex. This is perhaps the result of having such a homogeneous society, 98.1% of the population are ethnic Armenians according to the latest population census.
Understandably, this creates a situation, where dissent is not tolerated. I remember the struggles I had in the 90’s, when I had long hair and a beard in highly conservative Gyumri. Luckily, this has changed a great deal now and men having long hair and beards are not fawned upon so badly anymore. Still, this info-graphic is truly disturbing to me, because it reveals lack of diversity and tolerance in the society.
Infographic on what people find morally wrong in Eastern Europe

National Geographic portrayed Armenians as "respected artisans, scientists, and energetic merchants"

Old National Geographics map describing the people of the Soviet Union
Old National Geographics map describing the people of the Soviet Union

I came across this fascinating map (link to full-sized map) of the “People’s of the Soviet Union”, published by the National Geographic Magazine in February 1976, which offers a unique view into what the West thought of us, the Soviet’s at that time (and I wasn’t even born then). Continue reading “National Geographic portrayed Armenians as "respected artisans, scientists, and energetic merchants"”

Syrian-Armenian Refugees Send this Videomessage on Genocide Remembrance Day

My very good friends, a group of young Syrian-Armenians, who have found refuge in Armenia from Syria’s raging civil war, have made this remarkable video message today, which I want to share with you.

A message to those who tried to scratch our chapter from the book of human existence.
We, the descendants of the Armenian Genocide survivors, are and will be the protectors of our identity and cultural heritage.
With a spark in our eyes, we stand up.
We speak up and hold our heads up!
Today, we carry the torch of our nation and prove to the world that we are unbreakable.
By: Houry Pilibbossian ,Khachig Ainteblian ,Puzant Keshishian ,Galin Dishoyan and Hena Aposhian

Protesters Throw Eggs at Russian Embassy in Yerevan


Russia has been shuffling Armenia and Azerbaijan as a pack of old cards for its interests. It took hundreds of lost lives until at least some people in Armenia started to understand this. Today this understanding took concrete shape and form as hundreds of people rallied in Yerevan against Russian sale of arms to Azerbaijan as well as Russia’s treacherous stance towards Armenia. Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Protesters Throw Eggs at Russian Embassy in Yerevan"</span>

Poisoned Blood

Armenia -- Funeral services of Private Sasoun Mkrtchian – a contract serviceman, scout-gunner who fell during the clashes at the Nagorno Karabakh contact line, Yerablur, Yerevan, 05Apr2016
Armenia — Funeral services of Private Sasoun Mkrtchian – a contract serviceman, scout-gunner who fell during the clashes at the Nagorno Karabakh contact line, Yerablur, Yerevan, 05Apr2016

My eyes are hurting… It takes me 5 seconds to read the title and look at the illustration, another 10-15 seconds are needed to separate propaganda from fact in the lead of the story. I skim through hundreds if not thousands of such articles per day and I don’t need to read the full article to know what I’m dealing with. It is pure fascism. Continue reading “Poisoned Blood”

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