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Armenia: The Highway Leads to Karabakh, But the Money Comes from California

The 71.5-mile Vartenis-Mardakert highway, a new road connecting Armenia to Nagorno Karabakh, which was inaugurated on September 1. (photo: Hayastan All-Armenia Fund)

On September 1, Armenian President Serzh Sargysyan and Karabakh leader Bako Sahakyan ceremonially opened a new highway connecting Armenia to the Armenian-controlled territory of Nagorno Karabakh before a delegation of politicians, religious leaders, and diaspora Armenians.

The 71.5-mile Vartenis-Mardakert highway, inaugurated to mark Karabakh’s 26th year of de facto independence, now connects the breakaway state’s capital, Stepanakert, to Armenia’s eastern Gegharkunik province. The highway will significantly speed travel between the two regions.

But Vartenis-Mardakert was not merely a local effort. Rather, its financial roots lead all the way back to to Southern California.

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Armenia: The Highway Leads to Karabakh, But the Money Comes from California

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