Articles by Simon Maghakyan

About Simon Maghakyan (3 Articles)
Simon Maghakyan is Eurasia specialist for a global rights group and founder of, where he documents the annihilation of the world’s largest medieval Armenian cemetery. A seasoned speaker and author, his work has appeared in History Today magazine and on In 2006, USA Today recognized his human rights activism by naming him to the All-USA Academic Team. He recently joined the political science faculty at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo.
Raffi Hovannisian and other leaders addressed a huge crowd gathered at Freedom Square on Feb. 20 in support of Hovannisian. (Photo by Khatchig Mouradian, The Armenian Weekly)

Can an Armenian Spring Come with One Flower?

For the first time in post-Soviet Armenia’s history, a non-establishment candidate has almost won the presidency. Liberal candidate and Heritage Party nominee Raffi Hovannisian’s supporters assert that the Feb. 18, 2013 Presidential Election was rigged. His official 36.8 percent—against [more...]

February 21, 2013 // 16 Comments

Aliyev’s policy of securing short-term populist support, however, is clearly poised–if not somewhat intended–to exacerbate the already heavily tense relations with Yerevan.

Washing Away Hate Crimes with Oil Is not the Only Path to Partnership

An unremorseful murderer was predictably pardoned and promoted last month after the Azerbaijani government secured military officer Ramil Safarov’s extradition from Hungary. Safarov had been serving a life sentence in that country for axing to death his sleeping Armenian colleague Gurgen [more...]

September 19, 2012 // 11 Comments