- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
February 06, 2004

Where V I Lenin once stood, AD Technology is now broadcasting videos.

From Vladimir to Video: Action movies replace a stoic dictator in Republic Square

Where once Vladimir I. Lenin stood bronzed and pointing the way to socialism, an electronic billboard now stands in Yerevan's Republic Square, broadcasting capitalism and the best of Hollywood action movies, and video clips from the former dictator's nemesis, the evil west.

When workers were busy putting up the evergreen State Holiday Tree in late December, other workers were equally busy constructing the 8 x 6-meter industrial gray monitor. Visitors to the square who might have thought the giant screen was there only for the holiday festivities are now learning that loud music and MTV images are likely to be a long-time fixture in the otherwise solemn and stately square.

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Armenia Armed: Republic's first gun show featured international firepower

Moving ever closer to achieving Wild West aspirations, Armenia had its first gun show last week.

Organized by the Union of Hunters and Fisherman of Armenia, the show and sale attracted about 35 to 40 to the opening out for a look or a purchase of weapons.

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Outside Eye: A non-Armenian's view of life in his adopted home

Sometimes this place is just certifiably goofy. Which is why guys like me can find a home here. Let me bring your attention to a story on this week's site about the latest addition to Republic Square. ("From Vladimir to Video")

My attention has been brought to the issue for about six weeks now, for, living near the square, I am never more than a decibel or two away from a reminder that a jumbo-sized television occupies turf that formerly belonged to Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, aka, Lenin.

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Thirsty Faith: St. Sargis brings nuptial news via dreams and salt

Each year before the Day of St. Sargis Manush Soghomonyan and her friends prepare for one of the year's most mysterious and interesting traditions.

"Just like many youngsters, every year I'm impatiently waiting for this day," says 16 year-old Manush. "It's a day which can reveal many secrets of your future."

This year the Day of St.Sargis in Armenia is celebrated February 7. It is sort of like Valentine's Day, but with Armenian nuances.

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Eighty Years of Sevak: A tribute to a poet

Last February when thousands demonstrated against presidential election violations, passionate speeches from politicians were followed by actor Vladimir Abajyan's, who recited a poem: "People are different"

What he likes most of all,
Best of all in his life,
Is his... chair.
He loves it,
He woos it,
He creeps to proceed,
At all costs he crawls to it,…
And thus he climbs up to sit
on the shoulders of the world.

The words belong to Paruir Sevak, and perhaps no others could be so in tune with speeches about seizure of power, fraud and injustices. And even if another such poem does exist it probably is one of Sevak's.

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Is There a Problem Here?: Painters turn protestors, but not sure why

Last week the vernisage in Saryan Park was filled with not only paintings but also with unhappy painters. The park, across from the Opera House, is usually empty during winter months, but became active due to Mayrakaghak (Capital) Union of Artists non governmental organization which organized a demonstration for artists' protection.

Many gathered. But it turned that only a few knew why.

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According to Agnes


Hungry to be Heard: Prisoners want a review of sentences after ratification of Criminal Code

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Card Controversy: Opponents of identification system decry "human labeling"

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