2020 October 8
- 1 Daily news and anti-corruption report
- 2 Azeri pilot's widow writes a scorching letter to Aliyev / Exposes campaign to turn off catapults and cover-up Turkish presence / Meat grinder
- 3 Azerbaijan's Talysh minorities continue to complain about the govt's discriminatory draft
- 4 your daily jihadist report
- 5 a few more things from yesterday
- 6 October 8th arrives
- 7 the international community's response
- 8 Georgian officials are accused of giving lands to Azerbaijan
- 9 COVID vs real estate
Daily news and anti-corruption report
Oct/8/2020 wrap-up: \\ War in Karabakh (Artsakh) \\ Azeri pilot's widow exposes the "meat grinder" and campaign of cover-up \\ Azeri-Talysh journalist visits Armenia, sends a message to minorities \\ Syrian jihadists interviewed; guy regrets joining Azeris \\ international response \\ independence?
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Azeri pilot's widow writes a scorching letter to Aliyev / Exposes campaign to turn off catapults and cover-up Turkish presence / Meat grinder
Azeri pilot Sabir Valiyev was killed during the battles. His widow wrote a letter on Facebook exposing the "horrible conditions in the front, thousands of dead, and the lawlessness of the Syrian jihadists."
The letter says: I, the wife of the deceased pilot Valiyev Sabin Chingiz kizi, write this letter to all the citizens of our country and the heads of other nations. My husband was killed on October 3rd, yet his body has not been recovered yet. We have two children.
His fellow soldier called me to tell the news. I asked him why Sabir didn't catapult, and he told me it's configured so that they can't catapult so that Armenians won't capture them alive, because Turkish pilots fly with them, and "if they capture us, Azerbaijan will be in big trouble. We have a one-way ticket. Two have died already". I don't care what problems Azerbaijan will have!
He also told me that things are even worse for ground soldiers. They throw them forward like a meat to attack without an armored backup. Thousands of bodies are laying and decaying; this is against our Islamic values (the dead must be buried quickly). The army doesn't even stop the fights to collect them.
Another soldier told me that they throw them forward next to the trash from the Middle East (referring to jihadists) who are real criminals. They don't spare soldiers. They die in hundreds. The commanders are afraid of telling that to the president to avoid being punished. They just throw hundreds and hundreds more.
The soldiers tell me that if the population learns about our losses, the government will be simply destroyed. I saw photos of hundreds of our dead martyrs, but they are just meat for our higher-ups.
I appeal to my people, the administration, people of the world, the government of other states, to stop this war and punish our government for the inhumane treatment of our martyrs and the nation.
Stop, Mr. Aliyev. Don't ruin our children. Your generals lie to you. They hide our losses and the inhumane treatment of soldiers. Remove from our country the terrorists from the Middle East. Let Erdogan shed the blood of his soldiers at home for his own interests.
I know that as soon as they learn about my letter, they'll follow me around and pressure to have me to retract my words, but I'll try to be persistent.
I beg you all to raise your voice.
Armenian man responds: https://youtu.be/kR_B4pgZw9s
Azerbaijan's Talysh minorities continue to complain about the govt's discriminatory draft
Talyshistan Times article by Rashad Likidj: Talysh began dying from the first day of the Azeri-Armenian war. I decided to visit the front to see the tragedy of our nation myself, and if possible, help the fellow men to save them from Aliyev's meatgrinder.
Armenians have done nothing bad to my people. We have no reason to war against them.
I had left Azerbaijan with my family earlier due to threats. Being a Talysh in Azerbaijan, you have two choices: either forget you're a Talysh and "assimilate" or find the courage to live in an environment of constant pressure and humiliation.
Obviously, the only way I could visit the front was through Armenian territory. I landed there and traveled to Karabakh as a journalist.
I saw around me only inspired people, ready to repulse the opponent and defend their land. I felt ashamed that my fellow Talysh are forced to be accomplices of Azerbaijan's criminals against these people. I have no doubt that Azerbaijan is an aggressor.
The ease of obtaining journalist accreditation shows that Armenians have nothing to hide. It's sharply different from the Azeri approach of closing it for "unfriendly" journalists.
I went near the line of contact. What I saw there will haunt me for the rest of my life. Hard to write, but I can't be silent. Will we ever learn the true number of casualties? There are too many.
Azeris sit behind the back of minorities while pushing them forward. The losses are huge yet Aliyev doesn't intend to stop. Or maybe he does, but Erdogan makes the decisions. As it turns out, the Talysh are sacrificing their lives for that "Turkish dog" (Erdogan).
I saw documents of deceased Talysh soldiers (under Armenian possession). The scary thing is their parents are yet to learn about their sons' deaths.
The slopes of mountains are filled with corpses, which the Azeri side does not even try to collect for burial despite Armenia's offer.
This is what Aliyev's and his band's achievement has been. I know that my fellow Talysh don't want to take part in this war or live as part of the Azerbaijani Republic. We don't want to die in the hands of two schizophrenic criminals from Baku and Ankara.
I call upon the Talysh in front lines to not only not to fight, but to join the Armenian side. It sounds scary, but I can assure you that Armenians don't view you as their enemies. The same is true about Avars, Lezgins, and other minorities.
I'm sure you've already read the Karabakh govt's letter to the ethnic minorities of Azerbaijan. They will respect your life and help you move to a third country.
I know instances of minorities holding the white flag and turning themselves in front trenches, but they were shot by the Azeri soldiers from behind. It is still safer than fighting in the Azeri army, though. You'll have a better chance to live if you walk the other side.
Armenians and Talysh have a chance to establish peace in the South Caucasus and destroy one of the most brutal and idiotic dictatorships of modern times, and to gain independence.
Our time has come. This is the moment of truth. Long live Talyshistan and Armenia.
Правда из Карабаха от Рашада Ликиджа: https://www.talyshistantimes.com/content/likijrashad
your daily jihadist report
Pro-Turkish jihadist in Afrin is seen in the video saying "Our battle in Azerbaijan is the same as in Syria. It is intended that the battles in Azerbaijan are jihad."
Translated video: https://twitter.com/ArmenianUnified/status/1314144132777021441?s=20
Syrian Jisr Press reports that the next batch of 250 Syrian mercenaries will include jihadists from the Feilak al-Sham terror cell besides the usual Sultan Murad and Al Hams groups.
"History repeats itself". An old article about how Azerbaijan deployed Afghan jihadists during the first Karabakh war in the 1990s. (there is a report that Turkey is collecting jihadists from Afghanistan and Pakistan besides Syria)
Screenshot of old article: https://twitter.com/ArtyomTonoyan/status/551214207228997632
Al-Monitor outlet spoke via phone with Syrian mercenaries recruited by Azerbaijan & Turkey.
Khaled Saleh (25) from the northern countryside of Aleppo:
I work with the First Corps in the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The living situation in northern Syria and unemployment forced me to go to Libya before, and now I have decided to go to Azerbaijan for $1,500.
By joining the fight against Armenia through Turkey, I will achieve two goals: The first is getting a financial income in light of the poverty we live in, and the second is to stand by Turkey, which stood by our side in the Syrian regime’s war against us.
Jasim Himmish, 35, an FSA leader from the city of Baza’a: we are fighting alongside Turkey in Libya and Azerbaijan. We owe it to Turkey, which has championed the Syrian people's revolution against the Syrian regime. Turkey is now protecting us from the oppression of the Syrian regime and Russia, and the fight against Armenia is in the end a fight with Turkey against Russia, the main enemy of the Syrian people.
Bilal Hamdan, 24, from northern Idlib: My cousin is a soldier in the Sultan Murad, and he told me to meet him in Afrin in order to register. So I did and met the commander in charge, who told us that the salary will be between $150 and $2,000, and we would work as guards in Azerbaijani oil facilities only. However, we were transported by air from Turkey to Azerbaijan, to an area where I could hear bombing sounds. It then became clear to me that we were in a war zone instead of an oil facility. I agreed to fight because of the tempting salary. //
A Syrian journalist has learned about a few hundred mercenaries. Some faction leaders misled them and claimed that they were going through official contracts, but it was not the case. They rather went through Turkish security companies that have projects in Azerbaijan with gas, oil, and contracting companies.
When they first registered, no military operations were taking place in Artsakh. "Those who are officially sent by Turkey are Syrians who hold Turkish citizenship."
Those who were sent unofficially are members of groups that seek the return to the Turkish state, and most are Turkmen; they have no official cover and they are not given any travel documents
More details in the article: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/syria-fighters-turkey-deploy-azerbaijan-armenia-russia.html
A WhatsApp audio message in Arabic was allegedly send by one of the jihadists "begging to get out". He is heard mentioning Mataghis (northern village at a center of battles), Azerbaijan, and Turkey.
Translated text in English via Google Translate: May the Lord help us, carry us out of here, out of this swamp, we are stuck in a swamp here. We are in Matagis now. There is no food or water. We are being fired upon, rockets are falling on our heads. We have been here for 4-5 days. The bodies of our comrades have been torn apart before our very eyes. If there is a higher-ranking official, please talk to him too. Let them take us out of this swamp, talk to the Azerbaijani military, let them bring us food and water.
We also talk with Azerbaijanis, they say - you do your job, otherwise, we will kill you. Do what you came here for. How long should we stay here? Half of our Syrian friends have already died. If they take us out of here, I'll come to you in Turkey. Our friends have already started to fight each other for food, water, money. We were told that there is food and water and money, but where? No money, no water, no food.
Translated text in Russian: Да поможет нам Господь, вынеси нас отсюда, из этого болота, мы тут увязли в болоте. Мы сейчас в Матагисе. Нет ни еды, ни воды. Нас обстреливают, на наши головы падают ракеты. Мы здесь уже 4-5 дней. Тела наших товарищей на наших глазах разорваны на части. Если есть более высокопоставленный чиновник, прошу, поговори и с ним. Пусть нас вывезет из этого болота, поговори с азербайджанскими военными, пусть принесут нам еду и воду. Мы тоже говорим с азербайджанцами, они говорят - вы делайте свое дело, в противном случае мы вас убьем. Делайте то, для чего вы приехали сюда. До каких пор мы должны еще оставаться здесь? Половина наших сирийских друзей уже погибла. Если нас отсюда не вывезут, я к тебе в Турцию приду. Наши друзья уже начали друг с другом драться за еду, воду, деньги. Нам говорили, что есть и еда, и вода, и деньги, но где? Ни денег, ни воды, ни еды
Original voice message in Arabic: https://soundcloud.com/military-tech/whatsapp-audio-2020-10-08-at-41226-pm
ReadTribune outlet has learned, citing its sources in the Syrian government, that Turkey is using a company named Sadat, unofficially supported by the Turkish intelligence agency, to recruit the jihadists. Some recruits were told they're flying to Lybia but they took them to Azerbaijan.
a few more things from yesterday
Pashinyan has been calling and harassing the soldiers in the front lines again:
Hello! Hi. How are you? Good. How is the situation? Good. Is this the 5th unit? … (silence) I can't reveal that info. Hahaha very good.
Yesterday there were reports of Azeris retreating in some parts of the south after ending up being encircled. A source from the front claims that the Armenian tanks penetrated the enemy's flanks and winded up behind their lines.
Armenians in the front began pressuring the Azeris, who chose to retreat. The retreating Azeris went straight towards the Armenian tanks, which were coming to meet them. The Azeris thought the tanks were theirs, but when they got closer, they realized it was Armenians, panic, and opened fire. The tanks fired back. 150 Azeris died in this battle.
Yesterday the Armenians in Los Angeles organized a demonstration in front of the Los Angeles Times newspaper, asking for fair coverage. The LA Times will allegedly send a crew to Artsakh.
Yerkir Media journalist Vardan Ohanyan was wounded on Monday while recapturing a hill known as Varangatagh in the north. Artsakh MFA's Diaspora Committee chief Yervand Hajiyan has lost his life while defending the country.
22:38 army spokesman: for 3- years, Azeris have been accusing us of hiring Kurdish fighters. Not one evidence. We don't need to hire Kurds. Unlike Azeris, we fight and defend our lands with our blood.
23:27: Pashinyan's aide has asked the public to ignore the reports about Georgia allegedly siding with Azerbaijan in the conflict. "There are fake rumors circulating around. Don't engage against Georgians on the internet or outside."
23:49: video allegedly showing one of the two Azeri drones that fell in the Georgian territory.
October 8th arrives
1:50 - 8:13: capital Stepanakert was bombed throughout the night again. WarGonzo reporter says Azeris used cluster bombs "and everything they had in the arsenal."
8:04: some 142 felons in Armavir penitentiary want to join the army but so far their calls are ignored.
8:53: it appears at least one of the Azeri drones that fell over Georgia was shot down. It was Harop.
9:12 army: no strategic changes overnight. It was stable-tense. The north is activating again. Our soldiers suppress the opponent's activities.
9:21 army: at 8:30 am an Azeri battalion tried to attack in the south. They lost 3 armored vehicles, 20 dead and wounded, and had to route from the outskirts of Jabrayil.
10:24 army spokesman: Escape has become a national sport for some, you just need to warm up a bit. (referring to the incident above)
11:21 army: we destroyed four D-30 Howitzers with the personnel and ammo before they were deployed.
Two more drones shot in the south.
11:27: army shared footage showing the destruction of Azeri equipment and positions.
11:59: Pashinyan urged the public to contact NSS and report those who spread fake news meant to create panic.
The NSS has revealed that one of the officers (allegedly a friend of anti-Pashinyan politician Vitali Balasanyan) told his subordinates that the war is pre-planned and Pashinyan has a plan to give the lands away and told the soldiers to leave the outposts. A few of them allegedly believed and left. The suspect has been arrested in Yerevan.
Pashinyan signed an order to replace the head of NSS and appoint Mikael Hambardzumyan.
The NSS has created a new volunteer group to join the front lines.
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Casualty report: 30 names were published, bringing the total of deceased to 350. Among them is the artilleryman from the iconic billboard images. "He will always remain in our hearts," said American-Armenian singer Daniel Decker. Artsakh president gave him a posthumous medal of courage.
12:24 army spokesman: There were and will be many amazing acts of heroism and bravery in this war. One of the things to be amazed and proud of is the heroism of the female servicemen, about whom we will speak later.
12:30: video from font lines. War veterans standing next to young conscripts.
13:50: Shushi's Ghazanchetsots church was bombed by the Azeri fire. A hole was formed on the roof. "This is the signature of ISIS," said the church leader.
13:59 MPs: Azerbaijan will carry the label of a terrorist state for years to come. Their plan was to minimize Azeri deaths by using jihadists. They'll have problems in international institutes.
13:05: army spokesman has called for diasporan Armenians to donate to himnadram.org or ArmeniaFund.org (USA).
13:48: Iran has deployed 200 tanks along its northern borders near Artsakh.
14:11: Turkish authorities penalized Halk TV outlet for airing an interview during which a Turkish expert "spoke ill" of Azerbaijan. He also criticized Ilham Aliyev and the ultra-nationalist politicians in Turkey, calling the latter "still medieval nomadic."
Gültekin, disputing the fact that Azerbaijan is a state, raised a rhetorical question: is Azerbaijan a state or not?
"Azerbaijan is a clan, there is no democracy there, there are no human rights. There is an authoritarian administration, there is no freedom of choice, they swim in money. Until today, they have not created a humane state."
14:22: army published the names of anti-tank soldiers and others who committed acts of bravery. Some have destroyed command units and multiple tanks; another soldier shot a helicopter and a truck carrying soldiers.
15:14 army: the opponent keeps trying to attack but fails. At 2 pm they launched an assault in two directions in the south but were met with fire and were stopped, leaving 9 destroyed armored vehicles.
Geneva city council has approved a resolution to condemn the Azeri aggression, demand the freezing of Ilham Aliyev family assets, and to recognize the independence of the Artsakh Republic.
The resolution mentioned the previous ethnic cleanings of Armenians in Baku and Sumgayit, and Turkey's ongoing involvement.
The Azeri MFA Bayramov is set to arrive in Geneva for Minks Group discussions soon.
First president Levon Ter-Petrosyan says Geneva's resolution is important because it contains something unprecedented, which is the part that officially acknowledges that "Artsakh can only be physically safe if it's granted the right for self-determination".
"The essence of that doctrine is the following. When a state systematically violates the civil rights of its ethno-territorial minority on the grounds of race, nationality, religion, and xenophobia at the level of authorities, resorting to violence, threatening extermination or deportation, the international community, considering the coexistence of such peoples impossible, in order to preserve the existence of the minority, should separate its occupied territory from the given state."
15:31: Azeri MFA Bayramov is in talks with the Minks Group in Geneva right now.
15:53: Artsakh govt denies the media reports that a ceasefire agreement was reached.
15:35: here is a collection of Azeri Facebook pages pretending to be Armenian.
15:21: several soldiers received medals for heroism. Mihran Avdalyan helped to recapture one of the positions and help to break the encirclement of 7 Armenian soldiers.
Hovhannes Ayvazyan destroyed 3 enemy tanks.
A few more received medals for standing their ground and inflicting heavy losses on Azeris, forcing them to retreat.
15:59: Iranian outlet Azarhia covered the topic of Azerbaijan's bombing of the Armenian church in Shushi. The outlet also condemned the attack on a Shia mosque in the city earlier.
15:59 Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin: a doctor from Azerbaijan, one of my readers, wrote me about the conditions in hospitals. The number of wounded it very high.
Soldiers who are transported to a hospital say that there are hundreds more who are wounded but the administration won't let them leave the battlefield to receive care; they are left to suffer for days.
Over 2,000 dead bodies aren't being collected from the battlefield because Baku won't cooperate with the Red Cross. A few more days and the decaying bodies will become un-identifiable.
When a soldier gets wounded in his position from artillery fire, he is lucky, because they'll evacuate him. But if he's an advanced unit away from the main position, no one will save him. The soldiers leave their wounded comrades on the field while the latter scream for help. Armenians aren't eager to take captives in order not to risk their own lives, so hundreds are left dying after receiving a wound.
16:08: healthcare ministry published a video recorded in a military hospital that treats soldiers.
17:44 army spokesman: Active military operations are taking place, during which the enemy is actively spreading disinformation at the highest level. Be vigilant and follow the official news.
17:56: Pashinyan discussed the topic of "self-determination of people" with the Chancellor of Austria.
18:12 Russian MFA: we are negotiating to organize a meeting with Armenian and Azeri MFAs in Moscow.
18:04 Russia's General Prosecutor: For 25 years we have worked together to create mechanisms that ensure the protection of citizens' rights in the post-Soviet republics and we must not allow the mechanisms to collapse ... now the priority is to protect people and to ensure their right to a peaceful life, by preventing the infiltration of mercenaries and terrorists into the conflict zone, and the illicit trafficking of weapons and those who finance terrorist acts. (Russia plans to bomb the jihadist cells in northern Syria, including the ones used by Turkey to recruit the terrorists)
18:19: MoD Tonoyan met Georgian colleagues and informed that the further escalation of this conflict could have unpredictable consequences on the whole region.
On a different occasion, a Georgian official said they're concerned about the Azeri oil/gas pipeline and that its destruction could cause wider regional issues.
18:40: Turkish state-run channel TRT showed a destroyed building in Artsakh capital Stepanakert and claimed it was an Azeri building targeted by Armenians. Hashtag fake news.
18:42: Russian journalist Yuri Katyonk from "Segodnya" was seriously wounded during Azerbaijan's bombing of a church in Shushi earlier. He lost 3.5 liters of blood before the surgery and blood recovery procedure.
The church was bombed twice, proving it intentional. Drones were heard above the journalists' heads.
Ombudsman: Before the second attack, Azerbaijan monitored the journalists' movement with a drone to target them. 3 journalists were wounded.
Armenian MFA: the bombing of a church is the latest crime of the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan, which reveals its anti-human essence. It fully fits into the Armenophobic policies of the past decades. Azerbaijan, which completely destroyed the Armenian cultural heritage in Nakhijevan, is attempting the same in Artsakh. This is a challenge to the whole civilized humanity.
Artsakh president: we will rebuild it.
Ombudsman: Azerbaijan tried to target the women and children who were taking shelter in the church's basement.
Hours later: doctors removed the shrapnel from the Russian journalists' body. "His life is not in danger."
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19:20 Pashinyan to Spiegel outlet: It's not Azerbaijan who makes decisions anymore, it's Turkey. The army of Nagorno-Karabakh is currently conducting anti-terrorism operations.
20:05: video of emergency workers delivering humanitarian aid to civilians.
20:13: war veteran and politician Vahan Badasyan is feeling better after receiving a wound and undergoing a surgery yesterday.
20:29: "people familiar with the matter" (unofficial, unconfirmed) says that the flag that Azeris raised over northern Mataghis village is under the Armenian possession now.
20:31: the army is giving more medals for bravery. Among the recipients are soldiers who shot Orbiter drones, infiltrated Azeri outposts to capture maps and secrets, shooting a tank from a 2.9km distance, etc.
20:54: Civilian casualties in Armenia: 22 died, 95 wounded, 5800 pieces of civilian objects damaged.
21:12 army spokesman: battles continue in the south. We inflicted heavy losses on the attackers and they had to retreat back to the initial position.
Tens of thousands of Armenians have volunteered to join the army.
We won't attack cultural buildings and churches in Azerbaijan.
I won't comment on what percentage of Azeri army weaponry has been used so far, our information is a military secret, but their losses in the first 5 days were massive. Most of their weapons are Soviet-made Azeri weapons but the high-tech comes from Turkey and Israel. (a journalist earlier asked if it's true that Azeris consumed 43% of weapons)
30% of our wounded/injured soldiers receive care and are able to return to the battlefield the next day. It's a good number considering the fact that artillery attacks are dense.
The video that Azeris have just uploaded about capturing Jebrayil is 3-4 days old. It looks laughable today.
21:34 WarGonzo reporter: the remnants of the bomb used against the church in Shushi appears to indicate a NATO-made part. It's possibly from Turkish F-16.
(The government later said they have no info that it was F-16. Others speculated that it could be a guided missile from a Turkish drone.)
23:27 Armenian MFA about Shushi church bombing: Azerbaijan continues to intentionally target journalists to hinder their ability to highlight the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan in Armenian cities.
21:39 army: we just shot another drone.
21:30: the Anonymous hackers defaced the Turkish Parliament website in support of Armenia.
23:01 Armenian MoD: between 7 - 9 pm we shot 9 Azeri drones over the Republic of Armenia's Vardenis region. We're verifying their models.
23:02: a soldier shared footage showing the bodies of dozens of Azeri soldiers after they tried to get weapons/ammo from an armory.
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23:40: a song from the front lines
the international community's response
The Parliament of Bascue Republic has adopted a resolution stating that the Artsakh population must have the right for self-determination. It also condemns the Azeri aggression.
A German MP has asked German MFA to take a stance against Turkey. The MFA responded saying Germany and others need to remain neutral, "or else we cannot be mediators."
The German MFA added, "Armenia says they're ready to negotiate, while Azerbaijan refuses. If they continue to refuse, we'll have to reconsider how long we can hold a neutral stance between the two."
He said Turkey had not consulted with fellow NATO members before intervening in the Karabakh conflict.
The mayor of Fresno, California, and other lawmakers raised the Armenian flag in solidarity and called for action against Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Fox News: Century-old genocide looms large for Armenians as Turkey weighs in on Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian president tells Fox News his people have the right to live in the region
"… And it's important President Trump return fully to his responsibilities for the Americans and for elections that are coming up, but it's also important he brings his contribution today because we in Armenia, in Karabakh, cannot wait until the American elections. We need American words and pressure on Turkey and Azerbaijan today," told President Sarkissian to Fox News.
Boston Globe: Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is spiraling out of control.
"Azerbaijan launched military operations against Nagorno-Karabakh on Sept. 27. Backed by Turkish air power, drones, and jihadist fighters from Syria, Azerbaijan attacked Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. The targeting of civilian areas has been confirmed by BBC and other journalists on-the-ground.
The conflict risks spiraling out of control, resulting in a regional conflagration involving Russia, an ally of Armenia, and Turkey, which supports Azerbaijan, as well as Iran, which is attempting to broker a peace deal while warning both countries not to cross the border into the Islamic republic."
The Moscow Times: ‘I Want to Join the Final Battle.’ Armenians in Russia Flock to Karabakh.
"A large group of men gathered in front of the Armenian Embassy in central Moscow on Tuesday morning — some dressed in expensive suits, others in track pants — waiting to meet the ambassador. They were members of the Armenian diaspora in Moscow eager to find out how they could help their country in the fighting raging over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region."
Toronto Sun (Opinion piece): Expel Turkey from NATO.
Nagorno-Karabakh has legally been part of Azerbaijan, but only in name. The population has refused to accept Azeri rule and has the backing of the Armenian government.
Turkey egged its fellow Turks in Azerbaijan to launch an attack on Nagorno-Karabakh, whose residents refer to the territory as the Republic of Artsakh.
Turkey opened its borders to let Syrian and Pakistani jihadi fighters to join the ranks of the Azeri regular army.
Anita Sarkeesian has entered the chat: Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, are attacking Armenians over disputed territory called Nagorno-Karabakh which is inhabited by Armenians. It's a tragic history about world powers cutting up regions and giving them away without care of the original inhabitants (thread)
Courtney Kardashian has condemned Azeri-Turkish aggression and the targeting of civilians and journalists.
The Turkish Lira continues to devalue amid the country's involvement in yet another geopolitical conflict. It's trading at 7.89 per dollar. A new record low.
Norwegian-Armenians gathered a demonstration, attended by a Redditor
Nevada Representative Dina Titus has asked the U.S. State Department to stop the Turkish-Azeri aggression.
Washington Post covered the topic of Azeris shelling the church
Armenians in Stockholm held a demonstration against the Azeri-Turkish aggression
A supermarket Royal Rus from Artik has donated 76,000 boxes of cigarettes to frontline soldiers
Armenians planting the tri-color flag near the EU flag next to the European Parliament building:
Armenians of Oslo gathered in front of the Parliament building
Armenians gathered in front of the Turkish embassy in Paris
Belgian-Armenians are collecting aid for Artsakh
Portuguese-Armenians held a march in support of Armenia
Italian-Armenians held a demonstration against Turkish aggression
Georgian officials are accused of giving lands to Azerbaijan
People linked with the former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili are accused of, around 2007, drawing maps in a way to give 3,500 m2 Georgian lands to Azerbaijan. A felony case was launched in Georgia.
The former president of Georgia Saakashvili is a known shill for Azerbaijan and Turkey.
This is part of the ongoing land disputes between Georgia and Azerbaijan, which also includes an ancient Georgian church Davit Gareja, which is claimed by Azerbaijan as theirs amid falsification of the Azerbaijani history by the Azerbaijan government to present themselves as the true ancestors of "Caucasian Albania".
COVID vs real estate
House prices are down in August vs July. In the Center, 1 m2 went from $1340 to $1308. The same picture in other districts. The lack of tourism due to COVID also heavily affected the rentals because that's what most tourists preferred.
Donors from the United States: https://www.ArmeniaFund.org/
Donors from around the world: https://www.HimnaDram.org/en
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