Azeri complaints about Russian support for Armenia appear to be back in vogue - this may be another sign we have in fact cleared the post-9/11/01-period and are now in post-8/8/08 period that as far as Caucasus is concerned is more like the post-1991 and pre-2001 period of Russian regional military hegemony (and low oil prices!).
On January 8, MediaForum.az uploaded what looks like a two-page secret unsigned undated attachment on the letterhead of a Russian general – Viacheslav Golovchenko, deputy commander of the Russian forces in the Caucasus - that lists the types of weapons allegedly transferred from Russian base in Armenia to Armenian defense ministry.
The alleged document (in Russian below) contains a couple of grammatical errors and typos: specifically the words АкаЦия and Командующий are misspelled. This may be either because the alleged document is a forgery or just a legitimate scanning error.
UPDATE from a colleague: Two more typos found "катИгория" instead of "категория," and "гранатАмет" instead of "гранатомет." This makes it look more like a forgery.
The document lists as transferred: 21 tanks; 61 armored combat vehicles; 50 units of self-propelled and towed artillery; 9 MLRS systems; various air defense systems; light weapons; ammunition stockpiles; and equipment.
Nothing extraordinary and in relatively modest amount especially compared to massive acquisitions advertised by Azerbaijan in recent years.
If it is a real document, it most likely ended up in Azerbaijan as a result of being handed over by the Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdiukov who was in Baku in December for annual talks on bilateral defense cooperation.
Earlier in 2008, Russia reported to the United Nations that it transferred dozens of tanks and armored vehicles to Azerbaijan.
If it in fact occurred, this Russia to Armenia transfer may have been in part to offset deliveries to Azerbaijan.
But unlike their Armenian colleagues, Azeri media is seeking to make this into a big story having promptly converted the equipment list to an inflated dollar figure presumably for easy use in a PR campaign in the West (in a manner similar to the "1 billion dollar" campaign of the 1990s).
Members of the Azeri ruling clique have internalized the transfer as fact and branded it as a "scandal," "illegal," "sign of aggression" and "unfair."