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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Armenia is the world's 3rd most militarized country. Global Militarization Index

Armenia revealed it owned a set of 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 'Stone') short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) in its military parade on 21 September, 2016 Source: Karen Vrtanesyan / Razm.info
Armenia revealed it owned a set of 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 ‘Stone’) short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) in its military parade on 21 September, 2016 Source: Karen Vrtanesyan / Razm.info

The ten countries that have the highest levels of militarization are Israel, Singapore, Armenia, Jordan, Russia, South Korea, Cyprus, Greece, Azerbaijan and Brunei in the Global Militarization Index.
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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”

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"”

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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Nagorno-Karabakh -- An Armenian soldier of Karabakh Defense Army smiles after the cease-fire deal is announced, 05Apr2016

Fragile Truce Holds in Karabakh

This video screenshot of a smiling Armenian soldier somewhere in the southern part of the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani militaries has made my day. It marks the end of the nightmare, the end of 3 days of violent clashes, it reaffirms the promise that there’s no military solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and it signifies hope that peace is possible… Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Fragile Truce Holds in Karabakh"</span>

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