Prof. Karen Yuzbashian of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg.
Yuzbashian is the author of numerous books and articles on medieval Armenian history and culture, including a book on the subject of Avarayr. His recent work has focused on Armeno-Byzantine relations. He was educated at the State Universities of Yerevan and St. Petersburg and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of St. Petersburg in 1974, with a dissertation on The Narration of Aristakes Lastivertci and the Decline of the Bagratid Epoque. In addition to his scholarly work, Yuzbashian served in the Armenian Parliament and was a member of the Karabakh Committee.