ArmInfo. RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent a telegram of condolences over the death of famous specialist in monuments Samvel Karapetyan.
According to the press service of the government, the telegram in particular reads: ''I learned with deep sorrow about the untimely death of the famous Armenian specialist in monuments, historian, chairman of the Yerevan Office of the Research on Armenian Architecture Foundation (RAA) Samvel Karapetyan. The consistent work of the famous specialist in monuments against the policy of the destruction of Armenian monuments in Turkey and Azerbaijan is worthy of appreciation. I express my deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Samvel Karapetyan and share their grief''. Famous Armenian historian and specialist in architectural monuments Samvel Karapetyan died at the age of 58. An expert traveled in Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, and other countries, photographing and mapping monuments of Armenian architecture for research purposes.
For many years, he fought against the attempts of the Georgian and Turkish authorities to appropriate some Armenian historical monuments by destroying the corresponding inscriptions in the Armenian language. In addition, thanks to the help of researchers and tourists from around the world, he was able to collect and summarize data on the destruction of Armenian monuments in Azerbaijan. In particular, on the facts of the destruction by the Azerbaijani military of the cemetery of Old Dzhugha, he created a documentary film, which was subsequently marked with a presidential award. He also presented these egregious facts in the US Congress and the European Court of Human Rights. Samvel Karapetyan is the author of a number of books and publications on the Armenian cultural and architectural heritage.