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How Accusation was Brought against Khrimian Hayrik

How Accusation was Brought against Khrimian Hayrik

Great sins are attributed to great people. This isn’t regularity, however, such a tendency exists: some internal human aspiration seemingly needs to decrease difference between themselves and those, who are exclusive by their title and individuality. We come across with an episode of similar attitude, which relates reformist activity of Catholicos of all Armenians Mkrtich A.Khrimian—Khrimian Hayrik.

Going against the Stream: Abbas Kiarostami

Going against the Stream: Abbas Kiarostami

“Parajanov, for instance, never wanted to become famous. He simply made films, loyal to himself. And he gained world fame without any prize. The prize may help, but it can’t have decisive importance. Every person should strive to be strong. If he’s strong, he’ll make good films. And people, naturally, will get interested in good films. It’s important to be original, if you imitate others you won’t reach success and won’t be considered original. If political figures don’t interfere and give advice, an interesting Armenian film for abroad may be made.”

Gorky Left Yerevan without Saying Goodbye

Gorky Left Yerevan without Saying Goodbye

“The duduk plays hot, but its loud voice seems pleasant to the ear, the drum plays loud but softly and behind that music you see another—the music of beautiful movement of flexible human body, free play in the variegated waves of bright clothes. At the moments when slenderness of multi-head body movements was increasing, turning into golden and apricot-color storm, I was waiting that the chain of dancers would broke into separate circles, however, even in that storm they were keeping united dynamics of movements, increasing and deepening the impression of power and unity.”

Murderous Attempt against Avetis Aharonian

Murderous Attempt against Avetis Aharonian

During the trial the prosecutor, demanding not such a severe punishment, at the same time reminded the foreigners, that there is no need, “to settle their political issues on the French ground.” Finally, the court sentenced Ter-Zakarian for one year in prison and obliged the dissatisfied party to pay one franc, as compensation.

Posthumous “Travel” of Bedros Tourian

Posthumous “Travel” of Bedros Tourian

“Restore Tourian’s face…accept the proposal or not? I have had many excitements in my scientific life, however, I confess what came over me at that moment is impossible to describe. No, it was not happiness or pride, maybe, first and foremost, it was fear. Yes, I was afraid of Tourian, his unique charm…”

L.Tolstoy’s Daughter in Armenian Gehenna

L.Tolstoy’s Daughter in Armenian Gehenna

Here Tolstoy’s daughter, who read about the greatest sufferings, tragedies and horrors of war in the books, for the first time clashes with harsh reality. Particularly, condition of local and migrant Armenians had deep impact on her.

What you Need to Know about Peter Balakian, the New Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet

What you Need to Know about Peter Balakian, the New Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet

Peter Balakian, an English professor at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., shot to the top of the poetry world on Monday when his new collection, “Ozone Journal,” won a Pulitzer Prize, The Washington Post reports. The judges praised his verse for bearing “witness to the old losses and tragedies that undergird a global age of danger and uncertainty.”

Sergei Parajanov’s Last Birthday in Tbilisi

Sergei Parajanov’s Last Birthday in Tbilisi

Both in creative and everyday life Sergei Parajanov never stopped being different from others, an individual seeking for and finding unique solutions. People tell that, upon his initiative every feast was becoming an unforgettable event for the guests. Especially the birthday on January 9 of the film director was the one. Although Zaven Sargsyan, Master’s old friend, and currently director of S.Parajanov House-Museum, told 168.am that he usually spent his birthday on his son’s—Suren Parajanov’s birthday on November 9.

John Steinbeck’s Visit to Armenia

John Steinbeck’s Visit to Armenia

Saryan decides to paint his portrait. An interesting episode is being told from this rendezvous, “…all leave the studio, Saryan starts painting. But after some time Steinbeck jumps out of the room and exclaims alarmed:

-This old man feels bad. He’s angry and murmurs something loudly …

A.Tarkovsky’s Days in Armenia

A.Tarkovsky’s Days in Armenia

Numerous publications may be found as evidence on Russian well-known filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s Armenian relations. It’s not a secret, that he had connections and relations with lots of Armenians. It’s also known, that while studying at All-Union Institute of Cinematography, …

Sartre’s Misunderstood Armenia

Sartre’s Misunderstood Armenia

From 1950s, more exactly after Stalin’s death and the party’s meeting condemning personality cult, the so-called thaw period was launched in the Soviet Union, which, together with its restricted manifestations, had essential reflection especially on country’s cultural environment, as well …

Artak Kalantaryan: the Armenian from Microsoft

Artak Kalantaryan: the Armenian from Microsoft

As American revolutionary Thomas Paine said, “The Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” It’ll be an exaggeration, if I say in Armenia we deal with the worst case. We constantly complain how bad our government is, we are often upset why the government doesn’t do this or that.

How Stalin Met the Armenian Titan

How Stalin Met the Armenian Titan

Sergo appears on the arena and starts his speech. Dead silence in the hall. Then, walls of the building shake from applauses and exclamations. People were hugging one another and crying, victorious “hurrah!” was heard everywhere. The promise was kept.

Bacteria—Man’s Best Friend

Bacteria—Man’s Best Friend

“Sarkis K. Mazmanian, a professor of biology at Caltech studying bacteria and their impact on immunity and on the human body, is being awarded “no strings attached” MacArthur grant. Mazmanian’s findings are revealing links between gut bacteria or microbes and immunity, autism, multiple sclerosis, and other major diseases,” the paper wrote. Mazmanian, became one of 23 laureates, and was awarded USD 500.000, which he might use for any purpose.

A.Khachatryan and E.Hemingway: Single Meeting

A.Khachatryan and E.Hemingway: Single Meeting

Aram Ilich’s childish sincerity was worth recognizing, to understand, that it wasn’t an artist’s coquetry, but quite a natural reaction: “How come? A Nobel Prize winner, approximately a divine creature, and I’m maestro from him?”

And Antonioni Demanded a Helicopter in Yerevan…

And Antonioni Demanded a Helicopter in Yerevan…

Very little is known of Michelangelo Antonioni’s visit, famous Italian film director, to Armenia in 1976. Reasons are quite numerous. Firstly, the visit was short, then it didn’t serve its purpose-the program remained unaccomplished, and finally, according to some sources, Antonioni left Armenia not with high mood and impressions.

Two Armenians in the Forbes’ list of “Kings of the Russian real estate 2014”

Two Armenians in the Forbes’ list of “Kings of the Russian real estate 2014”

The American Forbes has published a rating list entitled “Russia’s real estate kings 2014” with 30 people. This list includes local and foreign businessmen’s names who own commercial real estate properties in Russia. The classification is written in an order of incomes that the owners of real estate businesses could earn from their properties. This list does not include incomes from other businesses. Samvel Karapetyan, head of Tashir holding, is in the second place of this list with $3.8 billion (29th place). His income from rent of properties is estimated at $960 million.

Flights in Reality

Flights in Reality

I can’t say that I’m not content with our times. One intellectual said, “Times aren’t chosen, in that period people are born and die.” You know, presently consciousness of individual responsibility lacks. Surprisingly enough, there is hope on authorities, that they should change something or opposition leaders. I consider, everything depends on everyone. It’s not clear to me. I live with my life. I have never been next to either opposition or authorities. And artist should be free.

Khachatryan and Hemingway – single meeting

Khachatryan and Hemingway – single meeting

After the Cuban revolution the Armenian renowned composer Aram Khachatryan was among the first, who toured to the Liberty Island with a small soviet delegation. The political context was very obvious in this tour but not for him. In February 1960 Khachatryan presented his second symphony. He was also the leader of the group.