21:07 | June 27, 2018
The Yererouk basilica and archaeological site, located on the left bank of Akhouryan river, right next to the Armenia-Turkey border and only five kilometers from the historical Armenian capital of Ani, are not on any of the main tourist routes in Armenia.
21:25 | June 23, 2018
Lake Arpi, located 2,025 meters above sea level in Armenia’s Shirak Province, is attractive especially at sunset, when the water reflects the sun, clouds and various birds flying in the air.
17:13 | June 18, 2018
The motion was submitted by the GALA faction, arguing that none of these individuals had never provided any essential services to Gyumri and that awarding them such a title was purely politically motivated.
21:19 | April 22, 2018
Hundreds of Gyumri residents marched through Armenia’s second largest town today in opposition to Serzh Sargsyan and to demand the immediate release of jailed protest leader MP Nikol Pashinyan.
13:51 | April 22, 2018
At 10:00 am, a protest rally started in Gyumri. Unlike past days, when the protests were mostly organized by the youth, today's protest started with merchants shutting down their kiosks in the market.
16:39 | April 6, 2018
Karapetyan spoke at a meeting yesterday in Gyumri to publicly launch a new program, which will offer business advice and financing for light industry in Armenia. The meeting was organized by the trade and manufacturing chambers of the Shirak, Lori and Gegharkounik provinces.
19:21 | March 19, 2018
The students have written to President Serzh Sargsyan, requesting that he rescind the March 15 dismissal of Hovhannes Khorikyan and Gagik Hamparyan by university rector Sahak Minasyan.
20:03 | February 23, 2018
The demand of residents, that the building be demolished, is unlikely to happen since someone owns it. That person hasn’t made improvements to the building during the past thirty years.
21:48 | February 19, 2018
The Kumayri Reserve-Museum, founded in 1980 with the aim of preserving the historical objects of Gyumri, listed 1,400 monuments and historic-architectural buildings within 1,000 hectares before the Spitak Earthquake in 1988. Their number has severely diminished since, now totaling 1,100 preserved buildings. This number, however, needs to be double-checked.
15:55 | February 14, 2018
Old Gyumri was famous for its public baths. People attended baths mostly on weekends. They ate and relaxed, spending 5-6 hours there. There was also a tradition of gathering all the relatives of the groom and bride in a bath on the eve of a wedding.
16:15 | January 17, 2018
Buckling under public pressure,the Gyumri Municipality will spend some AMD 100 million, promised by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, on renovating the Eranuhi and Mariam Aslamazyan Sisters Gallery in Gyumri, and not for installing twelve statutes along the city’s Abovyan Esplanade.
16:08 | January 8, 2018
Artur Khachatryan, the governor of Armenia’s northern Shirak Province, believes that people need to modify their expectations from the government regarding state handouts and must take a more proactive approach to solving developmental issues.
20:20 | December 30, 2017
The Hakobyans were selected because they have a family member serving in the Armenia military. Kamchatka Armenians told the Gyumri Municipality to take this into account when selecting a recipient family.
15:12 | December 12, 2017
Although place branding is said to be not about logos, slogans, and advertising, these are among the topics now debated after Deem Communications, a public relations and marketing agency, went to the town and presented its branding concept on December 9.
20:43 | October 23, 2017
Posters are one of the most influential and powerful visual means to express social issues. The dreamers, the oppressed, and those looking for change- they all present their struggle for peace, social justice and political reforms via posters.
21:29 | October 17, 2017
Noting that Armenians only experience Komitas once a year, on the April 24 anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, Vahe Begoyan, the artistic director of the Saghmosergou Spiritual Music male choir, said that much more needs to be done to spread the word about prominent composer, musicologist and founder of contemporary Armenian classical music.
13:25 | September 21, 2017
19 disadvantaged families in Haykavan, a village in Armenia’s northwestern Shirak Province, are participating in a project to grow raspberries to supplement their meager incomes.
16:05 | September 4, 2017
Basen is a village in Armenia’s Shirak province. It’s been entitled a “Green Village” since 2013, with the introduction of renewable energy and new agricultural technologies there. The village’s kindergarten, with an enrollment of sixty, has served as an experimental unit.
17:43 | August 26, 2017
The pit of Armenia’s most beloved fruit, the apricot, has become an emblem for painter Artyom Sargsyan from Gyumri. Its images are everywhere - from the entrance door to earrings, leather belts, necklaces and paintings. The avant-garde artist has been in search for his unique style for a long time.
12:17 | July 1, 2017
The windows have been hermetically sealed, the driver's seat has been closed with a wall, to get a screen effect, and the old black leather of seats and backrests has been replaced with bright and red leather. Next to the entrance, they set up a counter, which will serve as a bar as well (they’ll be selling juice and popcorn to the audience).
22:32 | May 20, 2017
Such outings can occur anytime; on a Monday morning or a Tuesday night. There are no fast rules. The young entrepreneur says that at times it’s as if all of Gyumri has decided to visit the pub together.
22:56 | March 19, 2017
Artavan, a village in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor province, sits 1,880 meters above sea level. Despite the harsh climate, strangers get a warm reception, as is the tradition in all tiny mountainous villages in Armenia.
17:21 | January 19, 2017
Four months of training will afford at least 400 women of Artik and surrounding villages jobs at the factory. The first phase of training will see two groups of 20-25 take the one-and-a-half-month course.
14:47 | September 20, 2016
A son of Vardan Grigoryan, a Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) candidate in the upcoming local elections in Gyumri, died today from a gunshot wound to the head after being rushed to a local hospital.
18:00 | August 23, 2016
An Armenian court today found Russian soldier Valery Permyakov guilty of murdering six members of a Gyumri family on January 12 of last year and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
15:51 | June 17, 2016
The Gyumri Municipal Council yesterday approved the expenditure of 1 million AMD (US$2,093) for fireworks on June 24, the day Pope Francis will visit Armenia’s second largest city, even though the Roman Catholic church leader will only be staying until 4 p.m., several hours before sunset.
09:01 | May 6, 2016
Anoush Ohanyan, whose husband, 25-year-old Senior Lieutenant Hrach Galstyan was killed on April 3 during the fighting along the Artsakh Line of Contact, has given birth to their first child, a daughter.
16:29 | April 13, 2016
Residents of the Shirak Province village of Metz Mantash turned out today to pay their final respects to Arman Andreasyan, a 19-year-old soldier killed in the recent round of fighting along the Artsakh Line of Contact.
14:36 | April 12, 2016
For the past five days, rural residents in Armenia’s provinces of Shirak and in the town of Gyumri have been collecting tires to be used to strengthen the frontline fortifications in Artsakh.
Articles A Woman Isolated from Society
18:30 | February 26, 2016
From the partly open door, one initially sees an oddly-shaped hat beneath which appear large, murky eyes in a sea of black. Then from the smoke, as if not wanting to, appears the full body, waving the skirt of her soot-ridden dress. Her hands are clenched into fists in the pockets of her sleeveless jacket. She approaches reluctantly, taking small steps, ignoring the combination of mud and cow dung.
17:27 | February 18, 2016
The Sargsyan family, living in a Gyumri neighborhood where most residents reside in huts, haven’t had electricity for over two weeks due to an unpaid 1,600 AMD ($3.23) utility bill.
17:42 | January 16, 2016
Only reporters were on hand today at a protest march organized by relatives of the Avetisyan family today in Gyumri days before the trail of Russian soldier Valery Permyakov, is set to recommence.
18:41 | November 28, 2015
At a rally today in Gyumri, the New Armenia Public Salvation Front (NAPSF) urged citizens to vote ‘no’ in the December 6 referendum that will decide whether the country’s constitution is substantially changed or not.
12:08 | May 8, 2015
Multiple hospital wards and polyclinic services were somehow all made to fit into a trailer-like structure. Only the infection and proctologic departments were moved to a permanent building.
11:31 | March 21, 2015
A wide and warm smile is etched on her face, and her expressive eyes get rounder from confusion when Gyumri’s Gallery 25 director Aleksan Ter-Minasyan introduces Noush Petrosyan, creator of the “Garnan 20 Akntart” project, stressing that the works on napkins were born in the children’s café where she works. (“Garnan 20 Akntart” – Spring’s 20 Blinks)
11:48 | March 19, 2015
Smbat Hakobyan, who’s been growing wheat in the Shirak village of Anoushavan for the past twenty years, says there’s a much better alternative to enriching imported flour with folic acid and iron.
16:00 | January 20, 2015
A requiem service for Seryozha Avetisyan, the six month old boy who died yesterday from wounds sustained in a vicious attack that took place last Monday, will be held later this evening at the St. Nshan Armenian Apostolic Church in Gyumri.
21:48 | January 14, 2015
One Demand Heard in Gyumri: Accused Killer Must Be Handed Over to Armenian Law Enforcement Hundreds of Gyumri residents assembled today near the Gyumri 8th Military Base and then set off in a motorcade towards the Russian Consulate.
14:11 | January 13, 2015
Hounan Poghosyan, First Deputy Head of Armenia’s Police, reports that the Russian suspected of killing six members of a Gyumri family early yesterday, told Russian military officials after being captured that he entered the Avetisyan home randomly and that he didn’t even know if anyone was inside.
13:31 | January 13, 2015
Seryozha Avetisyan, the six month old child who miraculously survived a deadly attack yesterday in Gyumri that left six other family members dead, has been transferred to a Yerevan hospital for further medical treatment.
10:53 | December 29, 2014
The Armenian government has allocated 500 million AMD (US$1.1 million) to launch a coronary stent program that will be offered in the Gyumri Medical Center, as well as one other regional medical center plus four in Yerevan.
11:38 | November 7, 2014
The Armenian government, perhaps finally accepting the fact that it cannot make good on its promises to provide housing to homeless families of Gyumri, has decided on a new tack – to give them money with which to purchase housing on their own.
12:37 | September 5, 2014
Now that cardiologist Karen Mikayelyan has moved to Gyumri, Shirak residents with coronary ailments no longer have to travel to Yerevan or abroad to receive stent placements and angiograms.
11:10 | July 11, 2014
If in previous years, biennial organizers would attract news outlets' attention beforehand, notifying them at the beginning and end of events; speaking about the presence or lack of financial means, about invited guests; well this year, there was the impression that what is being done is obligatory — done for the sake of doing.
09:31 | July 7, 2014
35-year-old Haykanush Grigoryan, a mother of six, was let go from her job as a nurse at the outpatient clinic last year in the village of Hovuni in Shirak Province for taking her ill son to France.
14:40 | July 3, 2014
Gagik Barseghyan, leader of the legendary Armenian rock group Bambir, received twin awards today from the Gyumri Municipality on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday and for 35 years of musical accomplishments.
18:28 | March 12, 2014
Haroutyun Sargsyan, the man charged with the April 2012 killing of the man who planned to marry the daughter of then Gyumri Mayor Vardan Ghukasyan, was today found guilty and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
11:49 | January 11, 2014
Though at the start of his meeting with journalists today, Shirak Provincial Governor Felix Tsolakyan, said that he wants to wish journalists a happy new year and success in their endeavors, he was obliged to respond to a few questions.
13:38 | February 18, 2013
I found out that his name is Vahan, the “certified representative” of President Sargsyan overseeing the voting at the 34/27 polling station in Gymri’s Slabodga neighborhood. I caught him approaching voters and muttering something – it was the number “six”.
18:23 | February 1, 2013
Haroutyun Haroutyunyan, charged with the June 15, 2012 stabbing to death of 77 year-old Roza Khachatryan in Gyumri, told the court today that he was crazy and wanted to go home.
13:43 | January 19, 2013
29 year-old Kristineh Mikayelyan fell in love with a man she only knew over the telephone. Over the course of a year, the young woman handed over some 3 million AMD in cash and gold jewelry to a man she had never seen in person.
11:29 | January 17, 2013
Once again, the trial of Gyumri resident Sousanna M., convicted of tracking in Trebizon, Turkey, had to be postponed on January 15. At the last minute, the accused decided she wanted to switch her defense attorney.
16:55 | January 15, 2013
The trial of Harutyun Sargsyan, accused of the premeditated murder of Karen Yesayan, who was engaged to be married to the daughter of former Gyumri mayor Vardan Ghoukasyan finally commenced today, albeit with a forty minute delay, at a packed Gyumri court.
12:06 | January 11, 2013
Hetq readers may remember the harrowing tale of Gohar, a Gyumri mother of five, and two of her boys who were essentially working as slave labourers in the Russian town of Lipovtsi, near Vladivostok.
17:32 | December 27, 2012
Recently, internet-based relations and scandals, that cause quarrels within couples, parallel the love stories starting from just a random phone call. Such cases may result in divorce in case they're revealed. The number of cases, when the husband uses force, notwithstanding who's guilty,has increased. The quarrel turns into a fight, wife turns to Police and initiates a case. Lately some similar cases have even ended up a with a murder.
11:21 | November 24, 2012
There isn't much that actually separates the communities of Big and Little Mantash, two villages in Armenia’s northern Shirak Province. Over time, the two have become intertwined to the extent that you can walk from one into the other and not know it.
11:22 | November 22, 2012
The rusting road sign with the disappearing letters announcing the approach to the village of Karmrakar is emblematic of conditions in this tiny rural community in Shirak Province. Karmrakar, 1,800 meters above sea level, only has 52 residents.
18:26 | October 17, 2012
Two years ago, when the Tatev aerial tram was opened, there was talk about ancillary development projects planned for the village of Tatev. One of the projects involved getting local residents to turn their homes into bed and breakfast establishments for the tourists attracted to Tatev by the aerial tramway.
19:49 | September 12, 2012
The first to take the witness stand was the alleged victim’s mother. She described how they first met with the accused, Narineh Movsisyan, and how the woman promised child care work to her daughter in Turkey.
14:32 | September 10, 2012
Prosperous Armenia Party MP Samvel Balasanyan won yesterday’s mayoral election in Gyumri with 65% of the vote. His nearest rival was ARF member Hovsep Simonyan who won 24.3%.
14:30 | August 16, 2012
There are ten permanent members in the Gyumri club. The eldest is Mnatsakan at 49. The youngest, at 23, is Nikita. They all wear leather jackets with the words Hye Riders emblazoned on the back.
14:29 | June 16, 2012
She was charged with abetting prostitution in 2010 and ordered to pay a 300,000 AMD fine. Her boss didn’t fire her. So she went back to her old trade of lining up women for men clients. Toma needed the money.
12:11 | May 22, 2012
Well the Gevorgyan clan of Gyumri, 11 children in all, is a prime example of one Armenian family bucking the current trend towards a small nuclear unit. Artyom and his wife Lusineh have been struggling to obtain adequate housing for the kids ranging in age from 17 to 3 years-old.
19:17 | April 11, 2012
Scores of people were on hand today in the central square of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, to protest an Azerbaijani film festival called “Stop” scheduled to start tomorrow.
20:21 | November 25, 2011
Karlen, the girl's father, went on to say that Haykanoush needed other girls in the class for friends and said it was wrong for the girl to have to spend the next 12 years in a class of only boys.
11:22 | September 13, 2011
Fourman Madoyan, the 69 year-old gynecologist who was sentenced on August 2 to 3 years and six months for the “wrongful death” of a woman last year, has applied to the Court of Appeals to get the verdict overruled.
13:16 | August 13, 2011
Can't you see what's going on? Everyone is opening a ticket agency. There's no work and no way to make a decent living. People save some money and buy a ticket to Russia. Why stay here?
12:20 | June 21, 2011
The only catch is that the area is now being targeted for extensive mining operations. The question now being debated in Armenia is whether the two sectors can effectively coexist?
22:35 | May 2, 2011
A group of Gyumri artists have come out to question the government's decision to hand over two murals by the noted artists Minas Avetisyan to the Armenia International Airlines Company on condition that they be restored and installed at the Erebuni Airport in Yerevan.
11:30 | March 21, 2011
Gyumri father says his parental rights were violated In September, 2009, the state took Seyran Haroutyunyan’s children away from him. The man could not afford proper living conditions for them. The children have been housed in two Gyumri boarding schools. I ...
11:22 | February 18, 2011
Police officer swipes car key of local journalist After yesterday’s incidents in Gyumri, no one in their right mind would seek out the protection of the local police in a time of need. It seems the cops there act as they please and "to hell" with ...
10:30 | December 20, 2010
It would be too costly to relocate residents living in old structure The Catholic Church built in the mid 1850s in the Slabotka neighborhood of Gyumri has long since lost its former significance. Its external facade and interior have also suffered over ...
News The “Wings of Tatev”
10:00 | October 19, 2010
The world’s longest cable car began operating in Armenia’s southern Syunik Marz. The cable car links the Tatev Monastery complex with the village of Halidzor. Officially named the “Wings of Tatev”, the cable car spans a distance of 5.7 kilometers and ...
14:30 | October 11, 2010
Some Residents Warn of Environmental Degradation; Others See Boon to Tourism You would think that the constant complaints of local Syunik residents and tourists converging on the area regarding the poor state of the road leading to the Tatev Monastery ...
11:35 | October 7, 2010
Local residents of the villages of Shinouhayr, Khot, Halidzor, Tatev and Svarants will be able to ride the new cable car in Tatev for free, according to Smbat Yeremyan, the Mayor of Shinouhayr. "After registering, residents can use the cable car once daily ...
16:30 | October 4, 2010
People of Gyumri Boast “Whomever we send comes back a winner” When the noted Armenian weightlifter Yurik Vardanyan walked away with the Gold Medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, people clamored to find out “Why Yurik?” They went to Leninakan, Yurik’s ...
16:47 | September 7, 2010
A cultural center in the Armenian town of Artik, housing many art works of the late Armenian artist Varaz Samuelian, officially opened today. Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan was on hand with other dignitaries and hundreds of local residents to celebrate the ...
14:05 | August 18, 2010
Elderly residents had just moved into new Gyumri home For the Melikyan family in Gyumri, the events of last night rekindled horrific memories of the 1988 earthquake. The ceiling of their apartment, in a newly constructed building, collapsed last night ...
12:41 | May 28, 2010
In 2017, the 600-kilometer Meghri-Bavra highway will be fully in line with international standards. The Government of Armenia has decided to implement a multi-stage project called North-South Transport Corridor. The Asian Development Bank is providing ...
16:06 | April 19, 2010
Arshak Smbadyan: “Government policies will be the death of village agriculture” Almost 50% of the 168 families who reside in the village of Bayandur, Shirak Marz, have taken out bank loans. These loans, mostly for agricultural purposes, have been provided ...
15:54 | April 7, 2010
On March 23, the Gala TV station in Gyumri circulated news claiming that certain top government departments had been pressuring companies into pulling their ads from the station starting back in February. It appears that 26 companies pulled their ads during ...
16:14 | March 29, 2010
“Government must protect interests of local manufacturers”, argues Deputy Director The plant in Gyumri that manufactures stone-cutting equipment has been on the edge of closing ever since it was privatized back in 2002. Formerly known as “Stromashina”, ...
16:20 | March 25, 2010
To mark the anniversary of an emergency fund-raising drive in launched on March 19, 2008, in defence of the "Gala" TV station and freedom of speech, the station organized a celebration today at the Gyumri "Asbarez" Club today. The fundraiser collected a total ...
16:02 | February 15, 2010
Over the Years Locals Have Taken Pride in Their Town At the beginning of the 20th century, Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, was renamed Alexandropol from 1840-1924 in honor of Czar Nicholas I's wife. Back then, the main thoroughfare and center ...
15:07 | February 14, 2010
Glendale Hills Fails to Deliver; New Apartments Need “Fixing” The Glendale Hills construction company had promised to hand over 1,056 newly erected apartments to the government by the end of December, 2009. Instead, not one apartment has yet to be transferred ...
17:22 | January 18, 2010
I had been invited to a seminar entitled “Conflict clarification” in Yerevan to take place on December 5 to 7. To be honest, I was a bit uncomfortable since it would be the first time in twenty-one years that I wouldn’t be in Gyumri on December 7, the ...
11:14 | December 22, 2009
The trial of a young man implicated in the beating death of Tigran Tadevosyan ealier this April has been postponed till sometime in 2010. The victim died in hospital after being in an unconscious state for ten days. Samvel Sargsyan is one of four young ...
17:26 | December 7, 2009
The Ministry of Urban Construction is planning to build a neighborhood in the Shirak town of Maralik that will house senior citizens left homeless due to the 1988 earthquake that ravaged the provinces of both Shirak and Lori. The beneficiaries will be those ...
16:16 | November 30, 2009
At a session of the Shirak Regional Council held in the provincial town of Amasia this past November 18, Gevorg Hovakyan, mayor of the tiny rural hamlet of Jradzor, made the following peculiar request of Shirak Regional Governor Lida Nanyan. Mayor Hovakyan, ...
17:10 | November 23, 2009
A squabble has broken out in the small hamlet of Sizavet, located in the Ashotsk district in the northern reaches of Shirak Marz. The man who started all the trouble was Gagik Kotanjyan, the former village mayor. On October 23, the residents of Sizavet made ...
13:39 | November 13, 2009
Today, at the Shirak District Court, the long delayed trial of former Gyumri District #1 police Chief Ashot Tapaltsyan and former investigator of the same unit, Simon Sargsyan, was resumed with Judge Harutyun Movsisyan presiding. The two former law ...
17:18 | November 2, 2009
We’ve never stopped looking at poverty, since we’ve never known what it was to be rich. How we started out, that’s how we’ve continued - one cow, two sheep. We keep those in somebody else’s shed. We don’t have one. We have six hectares of land ...
16:23 | October 30, 2009
During the past week, the "Vardanants" statue complex depicting Vardan Mamikonyan and other notable Armenian figures that participated in the Battle of Avarair against the Persians in 451 AD was missing the 40 kilo sword held by General Mamikonyan. Eye ...
18:34 | October 26, 2009
Gtashen: Former Azeri village manages to survive The village of Gtashen lies a mere two kilometers from the Armenian border with Turkey, in the northern reaches of Shirak Marz. Four border posts are located with its confines. 2,000 hectares of the cultivated ...
18:24 | October 19, 2009
“They talk of normalizing relations with Turkey but haven’t even solved the water problem here” The dome and cross atop the Saint Gregory the Enlightener Church in the village of Haykadzor have been damaged by gunfire. The credit for this act ...
18:20 | October 12, 2009
When they started to build the Akhurian Reservoir along the Armenian border with Turkey, the residents of the village of Jrapi joked that they would soon become a seafaring community and might even raise a naval fleet. These were mere fleeting fancies, ...
13:09 | September 16, 2009
The 6th annual Agro-Shirak Expo is now underway in Gyumri, affording both commercial and individual growers and agricultural agencies to meet, exchange ideas and knowledge and to market their wares. The expo is the brainchild of the Shirak Competition Center ...
19:14 | September 14, 2009
It’s not all that difficult to find the house, better yet, the hut, belonging to Haroutyun Manoukyan, resident of Saratak. Ask anyone in the Shirak Marz village and they’ll immediately point the way to an empty lot behind the mayor’s office. Residents ...
18:48 | September 14, 2009
For years on end, it has been the custom of local community leaders to rack up debts and then take flight, leaving the burden of responsibility on their hapless successors. In the 2008 local self-government elections, 104 community mayoralties were contested ...
18:10 | August 3, 2009
The most picturesque structure in the village of Meghrashat, close to the Turkish border in Shirak Marz, is the Sourb Astvatzatzna Church. Even though the belfry and walls were damaged in the earthquake, the church still amazes visitors with its massive size. ...
20:27 | June 29, 2009
The line of mayoral succession in the village of Vardaghbyur, Shirak Marz, stretches back awhile. First there was Mayor Karlen Baloyan, then Mayor Sargis Baloyan, and now the banner of succession has been in the hands of Hrach Baloyan, village mayor since ...
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18:05 | December 12, 2005
After a devastating earthquake shook Gyumri in 1926, several trailer parks were set up in the city. Gyumri was rebuilt in Soviet times, but these trailer parks, also called barracks, were never dismantled, and they became a symbol of poverty.
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