Monthly archives: February, 2019

In Memory of Vahan Teryan – How Stalin Got Rid of the Great Poet

In Memory of Vahan Teryan

Armenian poet Vahan Teryan was born on January 28, 1885, into the family of a priest in the village of Gandza, Tiflis Governorate, Russian Empire. In 1899, Teryan entered the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages in Moscow. Together with his friends, Teryan published the hand-written newspaper “Nadezhda” in the institute. He wrote editorials for the …

Frunze Dovlatyan – Scriptwriter, Director, and Actor

Frunze Dovlatyan

Frunze Dovlatyan began his “stage activity” at the age of 12. Even then, the future screenwriter, director, and actor created his own scripts and together with his siblings embodied them on the improvised home theater stage. Growing up, Dovlatyan worked as an actor in provincial theaters and in the Sundukyan Armenian State Theater, from the …

Armenia – Ancient Necropolises Nerkin and Verin Naver

Armenia – Ancient Necropolises

Nerkin Naver is located 3.5 km west of Ashtarak on the southern slopes of Mount Aragats. And although the tumuli field was discovered in 1978, excavations began only in 2002. The necropolis is preserved almost in its original form. Here, archaeologists have discovered the oldest pagan temple dating to the period of the Kingdom of …

Russia Gave Up on the Armenian Question – A. Amfiteatrov

Russia Gave Up on the Armenian Question

All these horrors already belong to history, and it is no secret to anyone that in this most unfortunate event, the passive yet decisive reason was the fatal mistake of our Russian diplomacy. The latter, in a temporary fascination with its pan-Slavic ideals of the eighties, first neglected the Armenian question, disregarding the decisiveness with …

Armenian Jazz Presented in The History of European Jazz

Armenian Jazz Presented

On birthdays and especially on anniversaries, it is customary to make gifts. So, in the year of its eightieth birthday, Armenian jazz received a wonderful gift. The book “The History of European Jazz; The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context” beautifully published by the British publishing house Equinox contains information about jazz music and musicians …

The Five Oldest Streets of Yerevan

The Five Oldest Streets of Yerevan

Yerevan is the current and twelfth capital of Armenia. Before it, the capital cities of Armenia have been Van, Armavir, Yervandashat, Artashat, Tigranakert, Vagharshapat, Dvin, Bagaran, Shirakavan, Kars, and Ani. The current Armenian capital founded in 782 BC is 29 years older than Rome. The city was founded by King of Urartu Argishti I. The …

Winter Meals in Armenian Villages

Winter Meals in Armenian Villages

The winters in Armenia can be harsh. Even in the relatively warm Ararat valley, the temperature sometimes goes as low as -38 degrees Celsius. Therefore, the population has always thoroughly prepared for winter. For example, they baked and stocked up on lavash (Armenian flatbread) for the entire winter. Stocks of dairy products, cereals, legumes, and …

Nikolay Ghorghanyan – Organizer of the Karakilisa Self-Defense – Killed by Bolsheviks in Prison

Nikolay Ghorghanyan – Organizer of the Karakilisa Self-Defense

“The 98th anniversary of the February Revolution is approaching. The Armenian European Party presents a documentary by Aida Nersisyan – a favorite TV anchor of the Armenian State Television – about famous Armenian soldiers hacked to death by the Bolsheviks on February 17-18, 1921, in the Yerevan prison.” Ruben Shukhyan, 2015 Nikolay Adamovich Ghorghanyan was …