During Soviet times Ararat Region’s Dimitrov village was populated mainly by Assyrians. There were also Armenians living in the village, but just a few. After Armenia became independent or, as villagers say, “in the years of perestroika”, many people left, mostly the Assyrians.
Today, there is either 1,550 villagers or 550, depending on who you listen to. The higher number comes from village head Ludwig Khlkhatyan, who cites the total registered residents. Villagers say the true population is closer to the lower number, about 30 percent of which are Assyrian, and others refugees from Azerbaijan.