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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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”

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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