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Nagorno-Karabakh Republic/Artsakh Republic Լեռնային Ղարաբաղի Հանրապետություն/Արցախի Հանրապետություն 2nd September 1991 - 20th February 2017 -

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Old 10-07-2017, 03:17 PM   #1
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"Gratitude" Medal.

Here is the "Gratitude" Medal («Երախտագիտություն» մեդալով) which is awarded for significant contribution in restoring and developing the economic, science, culture and social spheres of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as well as for defending and promoting international recognition of the Republic.

Although the lowest state award of the NKR, I have found it to be the most desirable.

This is Type 1 Variation 1 #141.
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:34 PM   #2
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Re: "Gratitude" Medal.

The "Gratitude" Medal was at the very top of my "wants list" (of awards from any nation) for many years and I was so happy when I got the chance to buy one, snapping up the first one I could - you just don't see them on the market.

As anyone who knows me well will know, I have great waves of incredible luck and the research on this was in the last wave (along with some top end British Campaign Medals for pennies on the dollar that also had fantastic research returns).

The research on this particular piece was so good, even the researcher was amazed.

"Gratitude" Medal #141 was awarded by Decree #315 of 16th May 2002 to Vladimir Petrovich Stupishin of Moscow, Russian Federation Ambassador to the Republic Of Armenia.
"For rendering to the NKR valuable services, for the scientific rationale of the right of the people of Karabakh to self-determination and for great contribution in illuminating and defence of Armenians of Artsakh"

Stupishin was the Russian Federation's first ambassador to Armenia and took office on 2nd March 1992, leaving it on 13th September 1994 (The height to cease-fire of the Nagorno-Karabakh War).

Stupishin was exceptionally pro-Armenian, even more pro-Armenian than many Armenian Nationalists and had a very black and white take on the situation - the Nagorno-Karabakh region was Armenian and there was no way he would allow it to fall into Azeri hands. He wrote the book, published in 2001 "My Mission In Armenia" which, as a homage to his political stance, has a black and white cover. He was born in Moscow on 27th November 1932 and died there on 22nd December 2016. Strangely I picked up this piece in Erevan just a few months later.

He career ran as follows;
1956, Graduated Moscow State Institute Of International Relations Of The Ministry Of External Affairs of the USSR.
1956-1963 he worked at the Embassy of the USSR in Cambodia
1963-1969 he worked at the Embassy of the USSR in Morocco
1969-1972 he was an advisor to the Department Of Foreign Planning of the Ministry Of External Affairs of the USSR.
1972-1977 Advisor to the Embassy of the USSR in France.
1978-1979 Head of a sector, 1st European Section of the Ministry Of External Affairs
1979-1985 Advisor to the Embassy of the USSR in France.
1985-1986 Senior advisor to the Department Of Foreign Planning of the Ministry Of External Affairs of the USSR.
1986-1989 Senior advisor, then Head advisor, Department of assessment and planning of the Ministry Of External Affairs.
1989-1992 General Consul Of The USSR in Milan.

This seems to have been his only award.
He has wikipedia pages in English, Russian and Azeri.
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Re: "Gratitude" Medal.

An interview published in the "Russian Gazette" on 1st July 1992.

First Steps Of The Ambassador.

In Erevan, after presenting his credentials to President Levon Ter-Petrosjan, he began the duties of the first-ever Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Armenia Vladimir Stupishin.

Vladimir Petrovich, credentials were handed over. You have started your duties. What are your immediate plans for this post?

"Our two peoples have had friendly ties over the past few centuries. Nevertheless, in order for the state interests of Armenia and Russia to receive new content, it is necessary to be here. A diplomatic presence of Russia has begun, the embassy of which, as such, is not yet in Erevan. The next stage of my activity in its opening will be the choice for this relevant territory in Erevan and the selection of diplomatic personnel in Moscow."

- How do you feel in this new post?

"To start to feel, it is necessary to work. In the meantime, I'm only doing the first steps."

- In what yourself, Vladimir Petrovich, do you see as your main task in Armenia?

"I believe that Russia and Armenia are allies, if only because our countries recently signed an agreement on collective security of the CIS countries and in December last year - a bilateral treaty on friendship, cooperation and mutual security. The latter, unfortunately, has not yet been ratified by the parliaments of Russia and Armenia ...
Representing and defending the interests of my state in Erevan, I must, of course, properly inform Moscow about the state interests of Armenia.

- You began to represent Russia in Armenia at one of the most dramatic periods in the history of our country. I, of course, mean the ongoing bloody Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for the past five years. What is your opinion on the Karabakh problem and how do you imagine the way out of today's political impasse in this matter?

"I think that it is necessary to start negotiations without delay between all the conflicting parties, including the legally elected authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh. After all, as participants in the conflict, they must be an independent subject at the talks.

When we say that we need to respect the territorial integrity, the borders artificially established within the former USSR, many for some reason this is referred to the former union republics. And what is the fault of other peoples, that they were given fewer rights than others? After all, in the end no people are given the right to govern others. In practice, all peoples should be guided by generally accepted principles and norms of international law, including the unconditional right of each people to self-determination and freedom of choice. Where there are obstacles to this kind of movement, bloodshed begins there.

Some people argue that it is a kind of nonsense for the existence of an independent state in the territory of another state. In this case, I would not say about the territory, but about the enclave. The enclave territory is its territory. In practice, there are already such examples: San Marino inside Italy, Monaco inside France, Lesotho inside the South African Republic."

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