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 Armenia applies to European Court of Human Rights over capture of Ruben Vardanyan by Azerbaijan

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Armenia applies to European Court of Human Rights over capture of Ruben Vardanyan by Azerbaijan 16:40, 27 September 2023

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 27, ARMENPRESS. The Government of Armenia has applied to the European Court of Human Rights over the capture of Ruben Vardanyan by Azeri authorities in the illegal checkpoint in Lachin Corridor.

Hasmik Samvelyan, the spokesperson of the Office of the Representative of Armenia on International Legal Matters, told Armenpress that Armenia requested in the application information on the status, detention conditions and state of health of Vardanyan.

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative co-founder and former State Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Ruben Vardanyan has been arrested by Azerbaijani authorities, his wife said in a statement on September 27.

Боевая техника, оружие и боеприпасы, конфискованные в Карабахском регионе – СПИСОК 

Информация о боевой технике, оружии и боеприпасах, конфискованных после завершения локальных антитеррористических мероприятий в Карабахском регионе Азербайджана, по состоянию на 17:00 27 сентября.

1. Стрелковое оружие и гранатометы – 1132
2. Артиллерийские орудия – 61
3. Средства ПВО – 235
4. Боеприпасы – 434295
5. Снаряжение и принадлежности – 2732
6. Оптические и другие приборы – 231
7. Бронетехника – 26
8. Автомобильная техника – 125
9. Прицеп – 21

Боевая техника, оружие и боеприпасы, конфискованные в Карабахском регионе – СПИСОК

Military equipment, weapons and ammunition seized in the Karabakh region – LIST 

Information on military equipment, weapons and ammunition seized after the completion of local anti-terror measures conducted in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region as of 17:00 on September 27.

1. Small arms and grenades – 1132
2. Artillery weapons – 61
3. Air Defense means -235
4. Ammunition – 434295
5. Accoutrements – 2732
6. Optical and other devices – 231
7. Armored vehicles – 26
8. Auto vehicles – 125
9. Trailer – 21

Military equipment, weapons and ammunition seized in the Karabakh region – LIST

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The Armenian residents of Karabakh will be able to benefit from government services when the time comes, the Chairman of the State Agency for the Provision of Services to Citizens and Social Innovation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ul

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Russia’s ministry of defence is recruiting former Wagner Group members for its own affiliated private military companies (PMCs), according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
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By Felix Light

GORIS, Armenia (Reuters) – A former head of the breakaway ethnic Armenian government in Nagorno-Karabakh was arrested by Azerbaijan on Wednesday as he tried to escape into Armenia as part of an exodus of tens of thousands of people that has triggered a humanitarian crisis.

Ruben Vardanyan, a billionaire banker and philanthropist, headed Karabakh’s separatist government between November 2022 and February 2023.

His wife Veronika Zonabend said on his Telegram channel that he had been arrested while trying to flee as part of a mass departure by ethnic Armenians after Azerbaijan took back control of the territory last week.

Azerbaijan’s border service said he had been taken to the capital Baku and handed over to other state agencies.

Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated mostly by ethnic Armenians who broke away in the 1990s in the first of two wars there since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Fearing Azerbaijani reprisals because of the bloody history between the two sides, ethnic Armenians are abandoning their homes and fleeing en masse in cars and trucks along the snaking mountain road that leads to Armenia. Karabakh authorities said 47,115 people had left so far, out of an estimated ethnic Armenian population of 120,000 people.

Western governments fear a humanitarian disaster and are pressing for Azerbaijan to allow international observers into Karabakh to monitor its treatment of the local population.

“What is needed now is transparency, and the eyes and ears of the international community on the spot,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“It would be a sign of confidence that Azerbaijan is serious about its commitments to the security and wellbeing of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh if it allows international observers”.

ACCUSATIONS

Azerbaijan says it wants to peacefully reintegrate the ethnic Armenian residents of Karabakh and emphatically rejects Armenian accusations of ethnic cleansing.

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said last week that Armenians could “finally breathe a sigh of relief” and would be able to vote, receive state education and freely practise their Christian religion in mainly Muslim Azerbaijan. Baku would turn Karabakh into a “paradise”, he said.

It was not clear on what grounds Vardanyan had been held, but Azerbaijan has signalled it will seek to prosecute some figures in the Karabakh leadership.

“We have accused elements of the criminal regime and we will bring them to justice,” Aliyev said last week, without naming anyone or specifying any crime.

Zonabend said she asked for people’s “prayers and support for my husband’s safe release”.

The mountain road that winds out of Karabakh towards Armenia has been choked for days, with many people sleeping in cars or searching for firewood to keep warm. The journey of just 77 km (48 miles) to the border was taking at least 30 hours.

“I left everything behind. I don’t know what is in store for me. I have nothing. I don’t want anything,” Vera Petrosyan, a 70-year-old retired teacher, told Reuters.

DEATH TOLL

Local authorities said at least 68 people had been killed, 105 were missing and nearly 300 were injured in a huge explosion at a fuel station in Karabakh on Monday. It was unclear what caused it.

Russia said its peacekeeping force in the region had evacuated more than 120 people by helicopter.

Armenia is angry that the Russian peacekeepers, in place since a 44-day war in 2020, did nothing to prevent Azerbaijan from launching its offensive last week.

With Russia distracted by the war in Ukraine, the crisis has highlighted its waning ability to play the role of security guarantor in the Caucasus region, where Turkey, Iran and the United States are vying with it for influence.

Tens of thousands have been killed in wars over Karabakh since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, of which both Armenia and Azerbaijan were part.

The toll climbed further in last week’s fighting, in which Karabakh authorities said they lost at least 200 people.

Azerbaijan said on Wednesday that 192 of its soldiers had been killed, and published their names and photographs on the defence ministry website. More than 50 were young men in their teens.

(Writing by Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Gareth Jones and Philippa Fletcher)

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“O grande desafio que a Geórgia enfrenta atualmente é a desocupação dos territórios ocupados pela Rússia. Os problemas com a Abcásia e a Ossétia só serão resolvidos por meios pacíficos”, escreveu o chefe do Governo georgiano nas redes sociais no 30.º aniversário da queda da capital da Abcásia, Sukhumi, para os separatistas.

Garibashvili, juntamente com membros do executivo e outras autoridades, depositou uma coroa de flores na chama eterna na Praça dos Heróis, no centro da capital.

“A 27 de setembro de 1993, um dos acontecimentos mais dramáticos da história recente da Geórgia chegou ao fim”, afirmou Garibashvili na mensagem à população, recordando a perda de Sukhumi.

O primeiro-ministro georgiano sublinhou que a derrota resultou numa “limpeza étnica, que transformou centenas de milhares de georgianos em refugiados”.

Em memória dos mortos, as bandeiras dos edifícios públicos da Geórgia foram hoje colocadas a meia haste.

O conflito armado entre a Geórgia e a Abcásia começou a 14 de agosto de 1992 e terminou a 27 de setembro do ano seguinte com a vitória dos separatistas apoiados por milhares de voluntários russos, provocando cerca de 12.000 mortos.

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Կոռնիձոր կայանը հատելուց հետո քաղաքացիները հաշվառում են ստանում կա՛մ Գորիսի, կա՛մ Վայքի հատուկ հաշվառման կենտրոններում, որից հետո տեղի է ունենում տեղաբաշխումը։

«Սահմանը հատած 42 հազար 502 անձից միան 4 հազար 2 մարդ է ցանկացել օգտվել պետության այս աջակցությունից, որը կազմում է ընդամենը 10 տոկոսը», – ասաց Բաղդասարյանը՝ նշելով, որ մնացած քաղաքացիները ցանկացել են իրենց բնակության և կեցության հարցերն ինքնուրույն կազմակերպել։

Վարչապետի խոսնակը ներկայացրեց նաև 42 հազար 502 անձանց բաշխվածությունն ըստ մարզերի․ Սյունիքում՝ 1465 անձ, Վայոց Ձորում՝ 810, Գեղարքունիքում՝ 976, Տավուշում՝ 298, Արմավիրում՝ 200, Արագածոտնում՝ 30, Շիրակում՝ 203, Կոտայքում՝ 20։

Ինչ վերաբերում է կոորդինացիոն կենտրոններում չհաշվառված արցախցիներին՝ աշխատանքի և սոցիալական հարցերի նախարար Նարեկ Մկրտչյանը կոչ արեց նրանց՝ կապ հաստատել միասնական սոցիալական ծառայության տարածքային կենտրոնների հետ կամ հաշվառվել մարզերում և համայնքներում գործող կոորդինացիոն հաշվառման կենտրոններում, որպեսզի պետությունը կարողանա ամբողջական պատկեր ունենալ և արդյունավետ կառավարում իրականացնել։

Ruben Vardanyan arrested, held captive by Azerbaijan, says wife 14:28, 27 September 2023

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 27, ARMENPRESS. Aurora Humanitarian Initiative co-founder and former State Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Ruben Vardanyan has been arrested by Azerbaijani authorities, his wife said in a statement on September 27.

Ruben Vardanyan’s wife Veronika Zonabend’s statement is presented below.

“My husband, Ruben Vardanyan, the philanthropist, businessman and former minister of state of Artsakh, has been arrested and held captive by the Azerbaijani authorities at the border as he attempted to leave this morning, along with thousands of Armenians escaping Azerbaijani occupation. Ruben stood with the Arsakh people during the 10-month blockade and suffered along with them in the struggle for survival. I ask for your prayers and support to ensure my husband’s safe release.”

Azeri news media have also reported Vardanyan’s arrest.

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