Sunday, August 07, 2005

Tonight we had a visitor from Russia who is a former resident from Martuni, NKR.

I’ll refer to her as Ani, as the story I’m going to share with you is not exactly the kind of story that she would share publicly.

Ani went to Russia and married a man who is 14 years her senior, a marriage her father arranged after a high ranking official in the NKR army started to make her life hell.

I remember Ani as a 18 year old beauty, who could easily compete in an international competition and maybe even win.

So why the harassment from the high ranking military official?

Well it seems that Samuel Garabedyan, the war hero, discovered Ani and her beauty and wanted her to become his lover. This took place back in 1998, when Samuel Babayan was the NKR defense minister and Samuel Garabedyan had amnesty to do as he pleased.

Ani’s father approached Samuel Garabedyan and pleaded with him to leave his daughter alone.

Samuel made it clear of his intentions and said that Ani’s life would not be easy if she didn’t become his lover and made it a point to make her life a living hell.

Ani was a student at the state university in Stepanagert and was at the top of her class.

Samuel arranged to make sure Ani was given failing grades, even though she was the best student.

In the end, Ani’s father arranged a marriage with a man from Martuni who lived in Russia to his daughter and Ani was forced to leave Artsakh forever.

Tonight was the first time I have seen Ani since she left back in 1998 and though 7 years older, she is still a stunning beauty.

In the city she lives in, she became the top graduating student of her university and is now on her away to becoming a professor in her field of specialty.

To think, a war hero for his personal pleasures, ran out of the country one of our beauties and brains who could have been an asset to our nation.

The year following Ani’s escape from Artsakh, Samuel Garabedyan got married to his close friend who was killed during the war daughter who was 14 years old at the time of the wedding. Artsakh law does not allow a girl to get married until the age of 16 with the consent of the regional minister.

For those of you who don’t know who Samuel Garabedyan is, besides being an SOB, he is one of the people who along with the defense minister a few months ago, beat Pavlik Manoukyan, the ARF candidate for parliament.

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