Nagorno-Karabakh’s “big wedding” in October 2008, when 674 couples married as part of the unrecognised statelet’s nation-building strategy. Photograph: Courtesy of Gayaneh Girgoryan

As weddings go, Gayaneh and Avanes Grigoryan’s day out in 2008 was far more than a celebration of a union. Not because when they said “I do”, 673 othe(...)

Nagorno-Karabakh’s airport: despite a €18 million upgrade, it remains unused. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

The blue-and-white bird-like structure of Nagorno-Karabakh’s airport perches in the Caucasus Mountains like a shining, defiant emblem of national prid(...)

Armenian demonstrators dance on a street during a protest against an increase of electricity prices in Yerevan. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of demonstrators in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, faced down riot police yesterday as popular protests against a steep rise in electrici(...)

Genocide: a murdered Armenian lies in a ditch as a child watches over his corpse. Photograph: Armin Wegner/Armenian National Institute

On April 24th, 2015, Armenian communities around the globe gathered to solemnly mark a grim centenary. On that day 100 years ago, the Young Turk le(...)

In Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Reserve, warden Gor Hovhannisyan and guide Vahagn Vardumyan check a camera trap. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

High on an Armenian hillside, Gor Hovhannisyan eases a camouflage-green box from its hiding place in the trees and opens the back to see what he has c(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and Latvia prime minister Laimdota Straujuma before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, Latvia, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Ints Kalnins

The spiral domes alongside the art nouveau architecture of Latvia’s capital city are testimony to the complex cultural heritage of this eastern corner(...)

Latvian president Andris Berzins welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the House of the Blackhead in Riga  at the start of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has attempted to ease Russian concerns ahead of the Riga summit, stressing that the EU’s eastern partnership policy (...)

The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)

British prime minster David Cameron: he will come face to face with EU leaders for the first time since his party’s decisive victory in the British general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is expected to make his opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union w(...)

Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)