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Marietta Sergeevna Shaginyan, a Soviet writer

Marietta Sergeevna Shaginyan, a Soviet writer

Marietta Sergeevna Shaginyan was a Soviet writer, historian, and activist of Armenian descent. She was one of the “fellow travelers” of the 1920s led by the Serapion Brotherhood and became one of the most prolific communist writers experimenting with satirical-fantastic fiction. A minor planet 2144 Marietta discovered in 1975 by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Chernykh is …

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Ivan Ivanovich Agayants leading intelligence officer of the KGB of the USSR

Ivan Ivanovich Agayants leading intelligence officer of the KGB of the USSR

Ivan Ivanovich Agayants was a leading Soviet NKVD/KGB intelligence officer of Armenian origin. Born the son of Hovhanes Agayants, priest of the Armenian Apostolic Church, in the town of Elizavetpol, in modern-day Azerbaijan on 28 August 1911, he followed two elder brothers into the secret police. In 1930, he moved to Moscow to begin work …

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Arshak Ter-Gukasov, Lieutenant-General of the Russian Empire

Arshak Ter-Gukasov, Lieutenant-General of the Russian Empire

Arshak Ter-Gukasov (Արշակ Տեր-Ղուկասյան) was a Lieutenant-General of the Russian Empire. Born in the Havlabar district of Tiflis, Georgia in 1819 to an Armenian family of clergymen originally from Shamkhor (today Şəmkir, Azerbaijan) he started his military career in 1850 and was subsequently involved in the war in the Caucasus. After being promoted to the …

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Turks are a dangerous people, Elia Kazan

Turks are a dangerous people, Elia Kazan

Oscar-winning director Elia Kazan (“Streetcar Named Desire”, “Viva Zapata”, and “On the Waterfront”) toured Turkey when he traveled to “Kayseri”, his mother’s hometown. In his autobiography (“A Life,” Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1988), the Greek-born Kazan wrote the following about Turks: “They humble themselves before authority, then break loose in demonstrations of anger beyond bounds… …

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Medieval architect Oton Matsaetsi In “Global History”

Medieval architect Oton Matsaetsi In “Global History”

In “Global History” professor of architecture Mark Jarzombek mentions medieval architect Oton Matsaetsi (Odo of Metz in Germany) who was Armenian. Matsaetsi was the architect of Germigny-des-Pres (806-811), one of the most innovative stone structures in northern Europe. He was also the architect of Charlemagne’s Palace Church in Aachen in 794. The church’s architecture influenced …

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