On 28 April Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a condolence letter to the family of historian Shahen Mkrtchyan.
The letter runs as follows:
"We have heard with deep sorrow in Artsakh about the death of prominent historian, cultural and public figure Shahen Mkrtchyan.
Shahen Mkrtchyan dedicated his whole life to his native Artsakh, has lived with its concerns, studied various issues related to the native land, its history and culture, creating valuable works.
The state has highly appreciated Shahen Mkrtchyan's activity awarding him with the "Mesrop Mashtots" order.
On behalf of the people, authorities of Artsakh and myself personally I extend my deepest condolences and support to all the relatives and friends of the deceased and wish them tenacity and strength of spirit".