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?
This is a sad day. Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakian personally and deliberately defeated one of the greatest arguments in support of Karabakh’s independence from dictatorial Azerbaijan by swearing in for yet another term on Thursday and extending his decade-long rule.
The 114.6 km Vardenis-Martakert highway connecting Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh officially opened today.
Looks like the ‘big, fat, Armenian wedding‘ held in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2008 is starting to bear fruit. Karabakh Prime Minister’s Spokesman Artak Beglaryan cited census data yesterday, according to which the population of the self-proclaimed republic has reached 151,000. That’s a growth rate of 10% in 10 years.
The official flag of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) was raised high and proud in Boston’s Armenian Heritage Park on Tuesday as Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan came by on a working visit to the USA. The flag jumped right out of every official photo published by Armenian President’s website. You could just see that they’re making a point. And rightly so.
One of the 12 people who have walked on the moon – American astronaut Charles Duke will be included in the list of undesirable people in Azerbaijan as he “illegally visited” the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which Azerbaijan considers its territory for some reason.
Scores of troops, tanks, artillery systems and other military hardware paraded across Stepanakert on May 9 in one of the largest ever displays of Nagorno-Karabakh’s military power.
Watch the full slide-show here.
I came across today a Facebook group which, according to its description, is “dedicated to the promotion of using correct maps of Armenia and Artsakh.” The group’s description further runs:
When using or displaying a map of Armenia, Artsakh should not be left out! They are Armenian lands that should be properly included into every single map published. We live there, we govern it, we liberated it and therefore it is an integral part of the Armenian world.
With rather detailed descriptions, the group further explains the use of the terms ‘correct’ and ‘incorrect’ maps, saying the ‘correct’ one should “show Armenia and Artsakh as united” and not depict Karabakh “as an enclave, which is not the case.”
On February 20, 1988 a decision was adopted in the extraordinary seesion of Nagorno-Karabakh region’s Council of People’s Deputies to present a petition to the government bodies of Azerbaijani and Armenian SSRs to hand over the NKAR to Armenia.
The maps below via Pigh illustrate the situation on this date, which marked the start of the Karabakh Movement and today.