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Black Garden Aflame: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the Soviet and Russian Press ~ January 24, 2023

Ararat-Eskijian Museum Artsakh Artyom Tonoyan NAASR Nagorno-Karabakh PAI Armenian Genocide Research Program Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 1:00pm Eastern / 10:00am Pacific
On Zoom and the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute YouTube channel.

ARTYOM TONOYAN, PhD, Visiting Professor, Hamline University

For a few brief weeks in fall 2020, Western media buzzed with news of the intense war in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-populated region that declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. The conflict had been “frozen” since 1994, so the new outbreak of violence caught many journalists unawares.

By contrast, the conflict has been a mainstay in the Soviet, and then the Russian press. The sheer volume of published material – including eyewitness accounts, interviews with notable figures, and incisive, well-researched analyses – far exceeds anything produced by Western media.

Moscow’s knowledge of the region is as strong as it is permanent, dictated mainly by geopolitical interests. The present collection of articles – carefully translated, edited, and culled from a vast repository of Russian-language press presents some of the most important material that has appeared from 1988 to the present. Dr. Tonoyan's talk will focus on some of the most interesting and critical themes emerging from the decades-long Soviet and Russian press coverage of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Black Garden Aflame is available from the NAASR Bookstore.

Ararat-Eskijian Museum
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
UCLA Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History
UCLA Promise Armenian Institute (PAI) Armenian Genocide 

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