— In 1988, Armenian-born political nationalist and
Soviet dissisident Paruir Airikyan(Paruyr Hayrikyan) was sent to a new home: Ethiopia.
The Reuters News Agency and the New York Times reported that KGB officials had stripped Airikyan’s citizenship a day prior before he was “transported by force” to Addis Ababa. Airikyan described his experience to reporters by phone days later while inAddis Ababa where he said was in the care of by Ethiopia’s Armenian community.
Airikyan didn’t stay long in Ethiopia. Shortly upon arriving, Airikyan applied and received political asylum at the United States embassy and shortly afterward boarded a flight to Europe before going westbound to the United States.
Airikan was accused, among other things, of instigating tensions over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenian and Azerbaijan. Airikyan would later have his citizenship reinstated and later returned to his homeland of Armenia.