Protesters in Stepanakert, the Artsakh capital, say they will again block a main road in the town leading to the central bus station today.
Yesterday, in Stepanakert Culture and Youth Palace, a benefit concert took place to raise needed funds to cover the medical costs of four year-old Edward Arzumanyan who was born without a gullet.
It’s not only their accents that distinguish Syrian Armenians from local Artsakh residents. It’s also their viewpoints. If locals resent the wealthy lifestyles of state officials, Garo Magaryan, who moved to Armenia seven years ago from the Syrian town of Qamishli, doesn’t seem to mind.
“The case has been dragging on for nine months. They have accused Oskanian of money laundering without any proof and without an understanding of what money laundering actually means. They can’t make that charge stick,” Hakobyan said.
Yesterday’s celebration in Stepanakert’s Renaissance Square commemorating the 25th anniversary of the movement left a bad taste in my mouth. There was no trace of what we had struggled for in 1988.
Sergey Movsisyan fought in the Artsakh War and was awarded the Order of the Combat Cross, Second Degree, for his years of service. Sergey now says he is a forgotten man
Today there are 28 families, 74 individuals in all, from Qamishli who have relocated to the Kashatagh region of Artsakh. I heard about them from Robert Matevosyan, who heads the Kashatagh Resettlement Department.
The first two photos are of the Karagloukh Cemetary at the Shikakar Fortress in the Martakert region of Artsakh.
The director of the Shushi Avan Plaza hotel has refuted the news published by Hetq that some guests had been taken to the local infectious disease hospital for treatment of intestinal disorders.
This reporter was given the official run-around when he tried to verify the news that kids at Kindergarten #1 in Stepanakert had been exposed to a infectious virus.
Protestors marched in the streets in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh, voicing their opposition to the extradition of Ramil Safarov, the convicted murderer of Armenian Army officer Gourgen Margaryan, an his subsequent pardon by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
Here are some unfortunate scenes taken next to the Tigranakert historic site in Artsakh. A cool stream runs through the site, making it a favourite summer spot for picnickers. Many are too lazy to take their trash with them when they leave. Such eyesores are commonplace.
When the evening fog falls on the highway connecting Goris and Stepanakert, visibility diminishes drastically and drivers rely on the road reflectors installed on the shoulders or the luminous lane markings.
In a conversation with Hetq, Artsakh Department of Tourism Director Sergei Shahvedyan argues that mines now operating or planning to be launched in Artsakh will not impeded the growth of tourism in the country.
As of 6pm, voter turnout was registered at 63.2%
The mine site in the Martakert region includes the villages of Vardadzor, Tchankatagh, and Tzaghkashen. Base Metals, a Vallex Group subsidiary, will operate the mine.
“The closing of the independent and influential press and that fact that top-notch reporters are leaving Artsakh shows just how much freedom of speech isn’t protected,” Balasanyan wrote.