Monday, December 15, 2008

"Hero of Artsakh" award is not meant for real heros

It has become a tradition in Artsakh to award medals to those who have and are involved in criminal activity.

The latest recipient of the "Hero of Artsakh" and the Golden Eagle Order is the former President of Artsakh Arkady Ghoukasyan. This is a man who among his larger criminal accomplishments privatized the largest hospital in Armenia for almost nothing with the military prosecutor and the hospital director. A few years ago, President Ghoukasyan awarded his father Doctor Ghoukasyan, a man who was known for starting an operation and when the victim under his care was already cut open, he would ask how much of a bride would be paid.

Our real heroes who gave their lives to liberate our nation are turning in their graves.


Azat Artsakh Daily
12 Dec 08
Republic of Nagorno Karabakh [NKR]

On 10 December NKR President Bako Sahakyan signed a decree according to which for exclusive services to the Nagorno Karabagh Republic and in connection with the anniversary of the adoption of the NKR Constitution, the second President of NKR Arkady Ghoukasyan is awarded with the highest title of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic, the `Hero of Artsakh' and the Golden Eagle Order.

And on this subject over at


Bako Sahakyan signed a decree on awarding the highest title of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic – Hero of Artsakh – and the medal of Golden Eagle to Arkady Ghukasyan, the second president of NKR, on the anniversary of adoption of the NKR Constitution. The relations between Bako Sahakyan and Arkady Ghukasyan could be described as mysterious. One and a half year past the completion of his second term of presidency Arkady Ghukasyan was at last allowed to set up an office in Stepanakert. In addition, the rumors that Arkady Ghukasyan was going to be appointed to one position or another – foreign minister of Armenia, Armenian minister of Diaspora, foreign minister of NKR, director of Armenia Fund – did not come true. Although Ghukasyan was “tried out” for these positions, he is not in business yet. It is not clear why it was necessary to award Arkady Ghukasyab the highest title of Karabakh. There are two options – either the president wants to “rid” of Ghukasyan’s ambitions who is too young to retire or he is being prepared for appointment to another “all-Armenian” post.

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