Vandalism in Stepanakert

  • by Western Armenia, February 12, 2024 in Culture
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The Azerbaijan state-level policy of  vandalism misappropriation and destruction of the Armenian historical and cultural heritage continues to grow exponentially in the occupied Artsakh.

Ombudsman of "Hayk" culture Hovik Avanesov this time warns about the cases of vandalism in Stepanakert. Azerbaijan's "REAL TV" channel published a video from occupied Stepanakert on its YouTube platform on February 4. Preliminary studies of the video show that the cross of the Saint Hakob Church in the Hekimyan district of Stepanakert has been removed, and the khachkar in the yard is also missing. In the future, in case of other information, we will make an additional announcement.

The foundations of the church were laid in September 2005, and the construction work lasted for about 1.5 years until May 6, 2007.

On February 6, Facebook user Mkhitar Karapetyan reported that Facebook user Rafik Mekhtiev published another video on his page from the occupied Stepanakert, in which the bust of Admiral Isakov was missing.

Karapetyan added that it was also published on the Telegram channel. From the relevant monitoring, we found out that Rafik Mekhtiev published the mentioned video on January 30.

In that video, it is clearly seen that the bust of the hero placed on Admiral Isakov Street in Stepanakert also became a victim of the cultural genocide carried out by Azerbaijan at the state level.

Sergey Shahverdyan, chairman of the NGO of Artsakh Public Council for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, raised the alarm about another vandalism in Stepanakert, publishing on his Facebook page the photos of the statue of Alexander Myasnikyan destroyed by the Azerbaijanis.

On February 9, the "Ararat" telegram channel published a photo of another desecration that took place in occupied Hadrut.

 Hadrut St. was desecrated by the occupier in the historical Dizak area of ​​Artsakh. The tombstone of one of the monks in the courtyard of Harutyun Church.

Hadrut St. was desecrated by the occupier in the historical Dizak area of ​​Artsakh. The tombstone of one of the monks in the courtyard of Harutyun Church.