- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
March 12, 2004

Features: People and events of interest

The Big Man of Mijnavan: The lives and wives of resettlement

Ruben Ghukasyan, better known in his village as “Giant”, says he has earned his name “because my heart is big”. Others say it is because he has two wives.

He is no more than 145 centimeters tall. Ghukasyan flexes his muscles for a stranger and says the name might apply to his physical strength.

He is married to sisters, Margaret and Anush, whom he says he “stole” during 1986-87. Acquaintances compare him to the protagonist of the Russian film “Small Giant of Big Sex”.

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Defending Her Rights: New ombudsman says she's not dependent on president

Armenia's new human rights ombudsman, Larisa Alaverdyan, who took up her post beginning this month, is already defending herself against fierce criticism that she is a mere servant of the president.

"The institution of human rights must not only provide defense in specific cases or for specific problems, but it should also have a preventative role," Alaverdyan told IWPR in an interview.

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Protecting Produce: Municipal authorities want to rid capital of street-side sales

Surrounded by noisy conversation, dirt, old and new shoes and the miscellany of a busy city street, spring greens and fruit find their place on the ground one next to the other. A short distance away there is salted food open for dust and for consumers and in the front there are bakery products in the same uninviting environment. Nearby a man with questionably clean hands and dishes invites everyone to have sausage and khorovats (barbecue).

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According to Agnes


Free for a Fee: New law provides amnesty for draft dodgers

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The Big Man of Mijnavan: The lives and wives of resettlement

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Flying High

In anticipation of this weekend's visit by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, workers put up flags on Mashtots Avenue in Yerevan. At first, Armenian and Georgian flags were placed, but the Georgian ones had to come down when it was discovered that the design was wrong.


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