Armenia, Artsakh Call Baku’s Claims of Captured Soldier ‘Cheap Theater’

This man claims to be Zaven Karapetyan, whom Azerbaijani say is a "saboteur." Armenia says he does not exist
This man claims to be Zaven Karapetyan, whom Azerbaijani say is a "saboteur." Armenia says he does not exist

This man claims to be Zaven Karapetyan, whom Azerbaijani say is a “saboteur.” Armenia says he does not exist

YEREVAN, STEPANAKERT—The defense ministries of Armenia and Artsakh were quick to dismiss a video released Wednesday by the Azerbaijani defense ministry depicting a man that was identified as a solder of the Artsakh armed forces and a member of an “Armenian subversive group.”

The video depicts an Azerbaijani military interrogation during which the alleged “saboteur” identifies himself as Zaven Hovhannes Karapetyan and is seen saying, in poor Armenian, that he is from the village of Dovegh and was recruited for paid combat duty. He alleges that his mission was to allegedly attack an Azerbaijani outpost and kill the soldiers stationed there. He explains that two of his comrades were wounded and others in his units carried them back to the Artaskh outpost. He claims that he was unable to flee and was captured by Azerbaijani soldier.

The spokesperson for Armenia’s Defense Ministry Artsrun Hovhannesyan called the video ‘cheap theater,’ adding that such a person did not exist in the ranks of the armed forces.

“No attempt of subversive infiltration was ever made. Hence there cannot be any captive ‘saboteur.’ Furthermore, we haven’t and have never had a serviceman with the mentioned name and last name,” Hovhannesyan told on Wednesday.

The head of the Dovegh village Samvel Gorginyan told Public Radio of Armenia that no one with the name lives in the village.

The Artsakh Defense Ministry refuted the reports of saying in a statement that Artsakh’s Defense Army ‘has not taken this kind of actions.’

“By disseminating such statements, the Azerbaijani armed forces create an illusion of yet another ‘victory’ in the virtual space,” the Ministry said, calling it “wishful thinking” on the part of Azerbaijan.


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  1. Armen T. said:

    The Azeri interpreter speaks better Armenian then the alleged prisoner. I couldn’t understand a word he said. What a lame attempt at media manipulation.

  2. Ararat said:

    Folks, what else do you expect from a chicken-hawk coward leader of artificial Azerbaijan, beaten down psychologically, to distract his mentally-handicapped population by resorting to such cheap and desperate tactics. It’s obvious the guy is not Armenian. I’m not surprised he thought he could fool his gullible peasant population but to think he could also fool Armenians is hilarious! This idiot Aliyev is the same guy who spent $40K to import two donkeys from Germany back in 2009 when there were 9 million donkeys in the country already!