The action in Stepanakert on the 32nd anniversary of the Karabakh liberation movement. Photo by Alvard Grigoryan for the "Caucasian Knot"

14 February 2020, 16:49

Veterans of Karabakh movement state society's disunity before election

The traditional action in Stepanakert on the 32nd anniversary of the Karabakh liberation movement brought together about 40 veterans. The election campaign creates tensions and distracts local residents from republic's major problems, the veterans have stated.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the gathering of activists of the Karabakh movement on February 13 became an annual tradition. At such an action in 2019, activists noted that the new Armenian authorities had taken a tough stance on the Karabakh issue and clearly indicated the need for the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) to participate in the negotiations.

As noted by Arkady Karapetyan, the first commander of the NKR's Defence Army, the issue of reunification with Armenia remains unresolved.

Sergey Shakhverdyan, an activist of the ARF "Dashnaktsutyun" Party and director of Artsakh Tourism & Culture Development Agency, has treated the modern society as split into groups. According to his story, the disunity of the population will end after the election.

Grisha Airapetyan, an activist of the Karabakh movement, believes that the main goal of the Karabakh movement – the liberation – has been achieved.

Ruslan Israelyan, the presidential candidate from the "Generation of Independence" Party, has treated the multiplicity of political forces as a negative factor.

NKR residents have never imagined that someday "in a small republic there will be up to 27 parties, and more than 10 persons will run for the presidency," Vladimir Petrosyan, a Karabakh war veteran, has noted.

"It is enough to have no more than three political forces and 2-3 presidential candidates, so that people could make their choice," he believes.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 14, 2020 at 04:08 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Alvard Grigoryan; Source: CK correspondent

All news

February 25, 2020 11:50

February 25, 2020 11:48

  • Akkin Chechens blame Dagestani authorities for obstructing their rehabilitation

    Authorities of Dagestan are unwilling to address the issue of restoring the Aukh District; while the programme adopted in the republic supports only the technical part for the resettlement of the Laks, activists from among Akkin Chechens assert. Journalists argue about the possibility of Chechnya's claims to the Aukh District in the future.

February 25, 2020 11:45

  • After February 23 action, residents of Chechnya rebuke Kadyrov of inconsistency

    Chechen authorities have acted inconsistently by organizing a mourning rally on the 76th anniversary of Vainakhs' deportation after the earlier ban on commemorative events imposed on residents of Chechnya on that day. The rally was not announced; and only officials and law enforcers took part in it, local residents have complained.

February 25, 2020 11:43

  • Political analysts argue about reasons for cyber attack on Georgia

    The October 2019 cyber attack on Georgian agencies and media portals posed a threat to the country's security and was similar to a military attack, officials and the expert, Mamuka Zhgenti, believe. Georgia was targeted as part of standard militaries' cyber exercises, Vakhtang Maisaya, a doctor of political science, has stated in his turn.

February 24, 2020 23:59

  • Relatives report searching for residents of Dagestan disappeared in Grozny

    Till present, a complaint filed to the police in connection with the disappearance in Grozny of three residents of Derbent has not brought any results, relatives of the disappeared men report. On February 23, a mother of Nillan Aliev held a solo picket at which she asked Ramzan Kadyrov to help in the search for her son.

News archive