The de facto Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh or officially also known as the Republic of Artsakh is an unrecognised republic in the Caucasus region, officially part of Azerbaijan but under the control of ethnic Armenian separatists. Karabakh's territory was established in 1923 as an autonomous oblast with an ethnic Armenian majority within Azerbaijan SSR. The tensions started in 1988 when the ethnic Armenians expressed their wish to be united with the Armenian SSR. This was rejected by the Soviet Union and as well by Azerbaijan. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Armenia and Azerbaijan became independent but Karabakh remained under Azerbaijan's control. In the 90s the tensions led to war and in 1992 Karabakh declared its independence. The war ended in 1994 with a ceasefire that left the current borders unresolved. The Republic of Artsakh is a member of the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations, commonly known as the "Commonwealth of Unrecognised States” Including Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria.
10 min 40 sec
HD-Video, Color, Sound, Aspect Ratio 16:9
Interview with: Ani Harutyuyan
Music: Davit Sukiasyan, Untitled
Locations: Agdam, Shusha, Stepanakert, Martakert (Nagorno-Karabakh)
Language: Audio English, Subtitles English
Support: Inna Tevikyan, Ioana Mitrea