Episode 247 | Recorded: April 14, 2023
In August 2022, you were with a group of friends in Aghavno and called for followers to join you in an attempt to prevent the handover of Berdzor/Aghavno to Azerbaijan.
The unprovoked Azeri shootings of April 11 killed 4 of our soldiers near Tegh village. A week ago we talked with Naira Melikyan, mother of fallen soldier Hayk Melikyan, who tried to visit this region with other concerned parents and activists, and she was prevented by Armenian border guards, who claimed to be stopping her “for her own safety”.
Naira reported that Azeris were building fortifications on Armenian territory, and wanted to see what is going on there. So she was clearly aware of something suspicious going on, and a few days later Azeri shootings killed four of our soldiers. It’s unbelievable that a private citizen can sense the trouble we’re in, yet the government turns a complete blind eye to the safety of Armenian soldiers and citizens, probably even colluding with the enemy in order to fulfill secret agreements that they signed behind the backs of the Armenian people.
Earlier this past week two soldiers were reported to have crossed into Armenia from their posts in Nakhijevan. Armenpress reported them as having “gone missing”. One person was found and arrested the same day, and yesterday the second of the two was apprehended.
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Alison Tahmizian Meuse is a veteran journalist who has reported for major international publications including Agence France-Presse and NPR. She is currently a senior advisor at the New Delhi-based consultancy DeepStrat, and co-director of Aknandakan, an investigative documentary platform. She’s based in Armenia. Alison is a graduate of the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Hovik Manucharyan is an information security engineer who moved from Seattle to Armenia in 2022. He co-founded the ANN/Groong podcast in 2020 and has been a contributor to Groong News since the late 1990s.
Asbed is founder of Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.