Inside the narrow valleys of the Caucasus Mountains there is a country not appearing in the maps: Nagorno-Karabakh, which name -a mixed of Russian, Turkish and Persian languages- means Mountainous Black Garden.
This self-proclaimed republic is the result of a cruel conflict -20 to 30 thousand victims- that started in the 1988, when its majority Armenian population started demanding the independence from the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan. People in Karabakh try to survive as they can, in a country ruled by a president that is the former boss of the secret services. Misery and a Cold-War atmosphere prevails in its capital, Stepanakert, what makes the place something mysterious and almost irreal.
The recognition of Kosovo’s independence by Western powers as the recognition by Russia of South Osetia and Abkhazia, two secessionist regions of Georgia, made the Karabakhians think that, maybe one day, they could become a real country.
By Alvaro Deprit