Kashatagh Province

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Capital Berdzor
  GovernorStepan Sargsyan
  Total3,377 km2 (1,304 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 1st
(2013) [1]
  Rank Ranked 6th
  Density2.9/km2 (7.4/sq mi)
Website official website
Map of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with Kashatagh Region marked as 7. The other numbered provinces are: 1. Shahumyan; 2. Mardakert; 3. Askeran; 4. Martuni; 5. Hadrut; 6. Susha.
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Map of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with Kashatagh Region marked as 7. The other numbered provinces are: 1. Shahumyan; 2. Mardakert; 3. Askeran; 4. Martuni; 5. Hadrut; 6. Susha.
Stepankert not shown.

Kashatagh Province (Armenian : Քաշաթաղի շրջանKashat'aghi shrjan) is a province of the de facto Republic of Artsakh. The Republic has limited international recognition. It is de jure part of the Republic of Azerbaijan. [1] It is the largest province by area (3,376.60 km2). The population as of 2013 was 9,656. Its capital is Lachin (Berdzor).

Armenian language Indo-European language

The Armenian language is an Indo-European language spoken primarily by Armenians. It is the official language of Armenia. Historically being spoken throughout the Armenian Highlands, today, Armenian is widely spoken throughout the Armenian diaspora. Armenian is written in its own writing system, the Armenian alphabet, introduced in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots.

Administrative divisions of the Republic of Artsakh

The Administrative divisions of the Republic of Artsakh are of two types; provinces and cities. There are seven provinces and one special administrative city - the capital of the Republic.

Republic of Artsakh Disputed territory in the South Caucasus

The Republic of Artsakh, or simply Artsakh, also known by its second official name, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, is a de facto independent country in the South Caucasus that is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan. The region is currently populated mostly by Armenians and the primary spoken language is Armenian. Artsakh controls most of the territory of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast and some of the surrounding area, giving it a border with Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. Its capital is Stepanakert.


Territorial entities

Kashatagh Region has 54 communities of which 3 are considered urban and 51 are rural.


Kashtagh borders Shahumyan Region in the north, Martakert Region in the north-east, Askeran Region, Shushi Region and Hadrut Region in the east. Iran in the south and Armenia to the west.

Iran Country in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Its territory spans 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), making it the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. Its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital, largest city, and leading economic and cultural center.


The territory on which Kashatag Region was subsequently formed was part of the Syunik Province of the Kingdom of Armenia. In the Middle Ages, there existed Armenian principality. In the valley of the river Akera was the most famous principality Kashatag. [2] The territory remained predominantly Armenian-up to Russian-Persian wars and the South Caucasus invasion of the Ottoman army in the 18th century. Russian forces managed to invade the Caspian provinces of Persia, and in 1723 while simultaneously fighting the Afghans in the east and Turks in the west, Persia was forced to cede the Caspian provinces to the Russian empire. Artsakh Armenian principalities, including Kashatag principality, supported Russia in the war.

Syunik was the ninth province (nahang) of the Kingdom of Armenia from 189 BC until 428 AD. From the 7th to 9th centuries, it fell under Arab control. In 821, it formed the Armenian principality of Khachen and around the year 1000 was proclaimed the Kingdom of Artsakh, which was one of the last medieval eastern Armenian kingdoms and principalities to maintain its autonomy following the Turkic invasions of the 11th to 14th centuries.

Middle Ages Period of European history from the 5th to the 15th century

In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the three traditional divisions of Western history: classical antiquity, the medieval period, and the modern period. The medieval period is itself subdivided into the Early, High, and Late Middle Ages.

A principality can either be a monarchical feudatory or a sovereign state, ruled or reigned over by a monarch with the title of prince or by a monarch with another title considered to fall under the generic meaning of the term prince.

Kovsakan is the second largest city in Kashatagh Region after the city of Berdzor. [3] Mher Arakelyan from the ARF Dashnaktsutyun, Razmik Mirzoyan, non-partisan, and Hrach Manucharyan were competing in the mayoral election to be held in June 2008. [4]


Kashatagh Region has the highest birth rate in the entire Caucasus region. The birth rate was measured at 29.3 per 1,000 in 2010. On the other hand, the Russian republic of Chechenya, which had a birth rate of 28.9 per 1,000 in 2011 could manage only the second spot. [5]

Birth rate total number of live births per 1,000 of a population in a certain period of time (usually a year)

The birth rate is the total number of live births per 1,000 in a population in a year or period. The rate of births in a population is calculated in several ways: live births from a universal registration system for births, deaths, and marriages; population counts from a census, and estimation through specialized demographic techniques. The birth rate are used to calculate population growth.

Resettlement of Syrian refugees

By June 2015, an estimated 17,000 of Syria's once 80,000-strong Armenian population had fled the civil war and sought refuge in Armenia. [6] David Babayan, spokesperson of the Karabakh Armenian leader Bako Sahakyan, confirmed that some of those refugees had been resettled in Nagorno-Karabakh. [7] In December 2014, Armenian media cited local municipal authorities in stating that "dozens of Syrian Armenian families" had been resettled in Nagorno-Karabakh's Kashtagh region, specifically the city of Berdzor and the village of Ishkhanadzor, also known as Khanlyk. [8]

Syria Country in Western Asia

Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians, Mandeans and Turkemens. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Sunnis make up the largest religious group in Syria.

Syrian Civil War Ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in Syria

The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in Syria fought between the Ba'athist Syrian Arab Republic led by President Bashar al-Assad, along with domestic and foreign allies, and various domestic and foreign forces opposing both the Syrian government and each other in varying combinations.

David Babayan

David Babayan, Head of the Central Information Department of the Office of the Artsakh Republic President - deputy head of the Artsakh Republic President's Office, Chairman and Founder of Artsakh Conservative Party.

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  1. 1 2 2005 NKR Census Archived 2009-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. V in 1609 the Shah of Persia Abbas I defended its charter the right of the ruler of the principality melik Haykaza. The Persian documents, decrees, kept in Matenadaran (1601-1650s.), V. II, Er., 1957, pp.89-90.
  3. "Kashatagh: Retaking and rebuilding a "third" Armenia in old Lachin". www.armeniandiaspora.com.
  4. "Karabakh News".
  5. http://www.stat-nkr.am/files/yearbooks/2004_2010/5_bnakchut.pdf
  6. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  7. Nana Martirosyan. Давид Бабаян: Армения и Арцах приняли сирийских беженцев, исходя из гуманитарных принципов. ArmInfo. 3 June 2015.

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