THE ARTSAKH INDEPENDENCE PROCESS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE USSR COLLAPSE
The whole process of the origin of the Karabakh (Artsakh) movement (as a result of the Artsakh Armenians' 70-year confrontation against artificially-formed Azerbaijan), as well as of the collapse of the USSR proves that these two phenomena are in need of deep analysis of their motives also conditioned by external factors. The political hypothesis that has been put forward and grounded here is the following: already in 1988 the West was pursuing the realization of the program (we shall call it the "Basic program") of dissolving the Soviet Union into Union Republics. The steps taken by the Centre obviously aimed at delaying and not solving the problem. It turns out that since the well-known April plenary session of 1985 up to December of 1991 all the events had been taken as skillfully designed steps to remove the USSR from the arena.
Artsakh owing to the patriotic devoutness of the best sons and daughters of the Armenian people gave a crushing response to all the injustices and violences perpetrated by aggressive Azerbaijan and defeated the latter in the Artsakh Liberation War of 1991-1994.
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