Nagorno-Karabakh Gallery

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Stepanakert
Stepanakert

Vardan Mamikonain Poghots, the road to the bazaar in the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh

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Stepanakert
Stepanakert

Under the bridge on Kamo Poghots

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Stepanakert
Stepanakert

Babushka at the Shuka (Market)

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Stepanakert
Stepanakert

Wedding party

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Stepanakert
Stepanakert

One of the biggest employers in Karabakh, at 7 AM on Monday morning, the 210 strong staff of the HALO Trust gather at their compound in Stepanakert.

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Stepanakert
Stepanakert

With Vera Grigoryan and cohorts at the Union of Relatives of Artsakh War Missing in Action Soldiers

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The Lachin Corridor
The Lachin Corridor

Fog descends over the mountainous, heavily mined Lachin Corridor.

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North of Stepanakert
North of Stepanakert

"We Are Our Mountains" monument, symbol of Nagorno-Karabakh

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Khojaly
Khojaly

Renovated at a cost of millions of dollars, the sole airport in Nagorno-Karabakh has not seen a flight since 1992, as Azerbaijan has declared it will shoot down any planes. Inside, TV screens were on, a luggage carousel rotated and a single, glum attendant stood by an empty departures board.

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Shushi
Shushi

The tank monument outside of Shushi, a popular place for parents to bring their children.

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Shushi
Shushi

Once home to 45,000, Shushi now has a population of under 4,000. Many live in semi-derelict buildings such as this war-ravaged husk

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Shushi
Shushi

Babushka at a semi-derelict mosque

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Shushi
Shushi

Nifty solution for derelict buildings bombed out in the war; paint scenes of shops in the windows

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Shushi
Shushi

Soviet war memorial, bullet ridden face where the sign reads 'victory'

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Shushi
Shushi

Soviet memorial to the Great War

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Agdam
Agdam

Once home to 150,000 & the third biggest city in Azerbaijan, now the town of Agdam is utterly derelict. We got in and out a day before heavy fighting broke out on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh/Azerbaijan border. Fifteen were reported killed.

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Agdam
Agdam

Burnt-out vehicle, one of many. Only a single building remains standing. Even the militia are housed in a semi-derelict

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Vank
Vank

Rebuilt to the design of native son made good, Levon Haieapetian, the town of Vank features a hotel supposed to resemble the Titanic. A week before I arrived the shortly after the lumber baron was arrested in one of Putin's purges, purportedly over a dodgy oil deal

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Vank
Vank

A wall of number plates taken from cars owned by Azerbaijanis when they fled the war.

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Vank
Vank

Levon Hairapetyan's iconic lion cave.

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Vank
Vank

A favoured hangout for local men after dark, by the gas station a camo-clad man sold knives which he'd hung from a tree.

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Gandzasar Monastery
Gandzasar Monastery

Completed in 1266, Gandzasar is the Holy See of Nagorno-Karabakh

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Gandsazar
Gandsazar

Graves of the war dead look out over the Mardakert District, their machine gun wielding likenesses etched on their headstones

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Dadivank Monastery
Dadivank Monastery

Set high in the hills, the Dadivank Monastery dates back to the 9th Century.

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All images copyright Stephen M. Bland