Dr. Vladimir Stupishin (Ph.D. in History, Ph.D. in Law) is the
former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian
Federation to the Republic of Armenia. Dr. V. Stupishin is a long-time
supporter of self-determination rights of the people of Nagorno
- Karabakh Republic. He is also a resolute advocate for a strategic
alliance between Armenia and Russia.
During the period of 1992-1994, Dr. V. Stupishin was the first
Russian Ambassador to then newly independent Republic of Armenia.
In November, 1992 he was sent to Armenia to establish a permanent
Russian embassy in Yerevan. Those were most difficult days for Armenia,
which was struggling to survive in the blockade inflicted by Turkey
While leaving Armenia to return to Russia in 1994 Dr. Stupishin
promised not to forget the people of Armenia and Karabakh. "I
will not betray you, no matter what," he said then.
That was not just a lip service. Now retired from the diplomatic
service, Vladimir Stupishin continues his diplomatic efforts in
media, actively protecting the natural rights of any nation for
self-determination up to the creation of an independent state.
In September 1997 he visited Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) again
as an independent observer of local presidential elections.
Dr. V. Stupishin was awarded a medal of "Gratitude" for
his valuable services to NKR, including scientific substantiation
of the self-determination rights of the Karabakh people, for his
valuable contribution in publicizing the Artsakh issue and demanding
its just resolution.
Recently Dr. Stupishin published his memoirs about the time he
was the Russian Ambassador in Armenia with lots of insider information
on the political situation in Armenia, armenian-azerbaijani conflict
and Karabakh war in the early 1990s.
Translation: Karen Vrtanesyan
Editor: Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan