Georgian Pensioner Cuts Off Armenia’s Internet

This story was too funny not to blog about: a 75-year-old woman in Georgia cut off the internet in neighbouring Armenia. The not so funny part is that she is now facing criminal charges that may result in jail time.

Problems arose when the as yet unnamed pensioner was scavenging for copper. One of the country’s interior ministry spokesmen has said that the lady in question has admitted damaging fibre-optic cables during her hunt for metal in the Georgian village of Ksani.

The cables, owned by the Georgian Railway Telecom company, serve eastern Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. All three wholesale internet providers in Armenia – ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa – were unable to provide their usual service on the evening of 28 March, Armenia’s Arka news agency reported.