YEREVAN (ArmenPress)–A new Armenian newspaper has begun publishing in South Ossetia to serve the 23,000-person Armenian community in the region.
Founded by the Erebuni Armenian National Cultural Company, the newspaper has already produced two issues. It plans to focus mainly on historic materials, essays about prominent Armenian contemporaries, daily news stories and any other issues that concern the area’s Armenian constituency.
“We hope that the newspaper will become a full and impartial information resource about the community life, will assist the re-birth of our people’s Christian soul and national self-consciousness,” said Erebuni Company President Vitali Litvinov.
South Ossetia is a disputed Georgian region in the South Caucasus and a former member of the Soviet Union. The Republic of South Ossetia declared its independence from Georgia in 1991 at the collapse of the Soviet Union, but remained an unrecognized entity by almost all nations and organizations, including NATO. Georgia, which invaded the region last August in a failed bid to reclaim the territory, still does not recognize the independence of the province but rather considers it a “Russian-occupied territory” in the Shida Kartili region.