Azerbaijan confirms former top Karabakh official Vardanyan detained
Azerbaijan's border service confirmed on Wednesday that it had detained a former top official in the separatist ethnic Armenian administration of Nagorno-Karabakh, Ruben Vardanyan, as he tried to leave for Armenia.
Vardanyan has been taken to Baku and handed over to other state agencies, it said.
Vardanyan, a billionaire investment banker, served as the head of Karabakh's separatist government between November 2022 and February 2023.
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