On 1 September Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a condolence letter to the family of philanthropist Vahagn Hovnanian.
The letter runs as follows:
"I have learnt with deep sorrow about the death of philanthropist, deserved son of the Armenian nation Vahagn Hovnanian.
Vahagn Hovnanian was a remarkable person, a great patriot, who devoted his entire life to his native people, the development and reinforcement of the Armenian independent statehood, resolution of pan-Armenian issues. Various projects of strategic significance were implemented with his active participation.
In this hour of irretrievable loss on behalf of the Artsakh people, the authorities and personally myself I express condolences and support to Vahagn Hovnanian's family, his relatives and friends. His memory will always stay bright in our hearts".