The absurd statement by the Armenian president that the population of Karabakh was allegedly “homogeneously Armenian” for millennia and that “Turkic-Muslim nomadic tribes began to settle here only in the second half of 18th century, and their number at the beginning of the last century was barely 5 per cent of the total population” has absolutely nothing to do with science or historical fact.
Following an order by Count Paskevisch –Erivanskiy, in the beginning of 1829, a college assessor I.Shopen conducted census of the population in the Armenian Province.
The establishment of the Armenian state under the patronage of Russia as well as the resettlement of Armenians from Turkey and Iran to the lands occupied by Russia was in no way by accident. It resulted from the Russian-Armenian relations that were developed not only in trade, as stated in the Russian and Armenian history, but also in the hostile attitude towards the East Muslim states, especially Turkey and since the 18th century -Azerbaijan.
The nineteenth-century city acquired a more Armenian character as the Russians settled thousands ofnew Armenian immigrants from Turkey and Persia there, but even in the 1870s, Yerevan had only around twelve thousand inhabitants. It was far smaller than Shusha, and Armenian migrant workers were far more likely to seek their fortunes in Baku. (Lourie, Yerevan’s Phenomenon, p. 177-178).