Author: Vigen Avetisyan

From the History of the Russian-Turkish Conspiracy Against Armenia

The cooperation between Soviet Russia and Kemalist Turkey on the Armenian issue began in as early as May 1921 at the initiative of Moscow, when the Red Army commander Budyonny was sent to Turkey to meet the “revolutionary” Kemal and offer him military and financial assistance. The cooperative actions of Turkey and Russia directed against

How Nikita Khrushchev Caught Fish in Lake Sevan

After an excursion to the renowned Armenian cognac factory, the leaders of Armenia drove Khrushchev to Lake Sevan. “You buzzed my ears about this lake… How’s it called… Sevan. It’s as if your national pride is going to die, the hydroelectric stations are to going stop, and the trout is going die,” Khrushchev said in

Paul McCartney and Vigen Terterian – The Story of a Photo

In February and March 1968, the musicians of the famous British band The Beatles, who were inspired by Eastern philosophy and music, arrived in India. Paul McCartney was accompanied by actress Jane Asher, with whom he was engaged at the time. On their way back from India to England, Paul and Jane decided to stay

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

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 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

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

An Armenian Textbook on Aramean and Syriac Studies Was Published in the US

The academic publishing house Gorgias Press headquartered in the state of New Jersey, which occupies a leading position in the field of publications on oriental literature in the US, published an English translation of the textbook “Introduction to Aramean and Syriac Studies.” The author of the textbook is a lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental

Russia Gave Up on the Armenian Question – A. Amfiteatrov

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

Three French Decisions on the Armenian Genocide That Stirred Turkey

The French position on the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 is one of the most principled and consistent in the world. Many experts believe that the Armenian Diaspora and, in particular, the activities of late Charles Aznavour, had a major influence on French politicians’ stance on the Armenian Genocide. For 30

The Christian Cross for Armenians is a Symbol of Love and Salvation

On September 16, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates one of its five major church holidays – the Feast of the Cross (Armenian: Khachverats). Khachverats is celebrated in the memory of the return and glorification of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord. The Armenian Church celebrates this feast on the Sunday between September 11 and 17.

Northeast Yerevan in the Era of the Artashesids – Avan-Arinj

In 2010, the Museum of History of Yerevan hosted the presentation of the book “Northeast of Yerevan in the era of Artashesids” authored by renowned archeologist and researcher at the Academic Institute of Arts Ara Demirkhanyan. For almost 30 years, the author has been engaged in finding an answer to a question that is highly

Armenian Jazz Presented in The History of European Jazz

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

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

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