Azerbaijan Arrested Russian-Armenian billionaire, Ruben Vardanyan

Wednesday 27 September 2023 - 17:15

Ruben Vardanyan the former interior minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh government known as Artsakh, was arrested by the border guards of the Republic of Azerbaijan while crossing the Hakari river border post on the Lachin road this morning, September 27.

Veronika Zonaband, his wife, confirmed this news and said that Vardanyan was on his way to Armenia along with thousands of other Armenians when he was arrested and captured.

Ruben Vardanyan is an Armenian-Russian businessman and billionaire who entered Nagorno-Karabakh in September 2022 and was appointed to the position of Minister of Interior of Artsakh by Arayik Harutyunyan. He was dismissed on February 23, 2023 after working in this position for four months. The removal of Vardanyan was one of the main demands of the Republic of Azerbaijan to end the siege of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Vardaniyan is accused by Azerbaijan of various crimes, including financial corruption, arms and drugs trade and opposition to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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