Monday, June 22, 2009

Most unorthodox cover

The Stepanakert-based Analyticon journal chose this photo for the cover of its May 2009 issue that focused on the 15th anniversary of Karabakh cease-fire. The issue includes my interview with former U.S. envoy to Karabakh talks Jack Maresca (see below) in Russian translation.

At first glance it looks like a water pipeline had burst somewhere on mountain road. But according to Analyticon editor Gegam Bagdasaryan the photo was taken by late Ruben Mangasarian sometime in spring 1993 at Isti-Su (Hot Springs) in Kelbajar district, where Armenian soldiers went swimming but kept guns ready just in case.

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