Yepraksya Voskovskaya-Gabrielyan was just 17 years old when the Axis powers invaded the USSR in June 1941. This marked the opening of the Eastern Front of World War II.
However, political processes in the country and the 2018 April Revolution directly affected these plans.
Garnik and Arshaluys Petrosyan have been working at the Gyumri ‘s Alikhanyan Puppet Theater for more than fifty years.
Hovsepyan was born in Shirak’s Metz Mantash village. A psychologist and an expert on inclusive education by profession, she has worked in several educational institutions and psychological centers.
Today, in Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, Barseghyan organized a demonstration to protest past acts of violence committed by Russian soldiers stationed at the base.
It’s 7pm and the doors of the 83-year-old Alikhanyan Puppet Theater in Gyumri are open.
December 7 marks the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, which took thousands of lives in Armenia’s Shirak and Lori Provinces and affected the lives of many more.
Some of those who lost their houses due to the earthquake still expect to get apartments from the state, while there are also homeless people who have no such hopes, since their houses weren’t affected by earthquake.
Just a few years ago, the first ones were built in the communities of Torosgyugh and Basen. Today, Tsolak Chadryan from Gyumri is growing roses in a greenhouse.
The visits of the French osteopathsare highly appreciated in the Gyumri Medical Center. Hasmik Petrosyan says that they have patients who applied to the osteopaths in 2014, had a positive outcome, and every year they wait for the French specialists to visit again.
Environmentalists and residents say Ardenis, a spring-fed lake covering some ten hectares, is slowly dying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A motorcade opposing Serzh Sargsyan’s nomination for the post of prime minister shut down Vazgen Sargsyan Street for a short time.
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.
Women in old Gyumri used to wear wooden slippers, usually made of oak, when going to public baths, to protect their feet from wastewater and fungal diseases
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.
The Armenian Knight (Hay Aspet) guesthouse is one of the latest examples of beauty in Gyumri, especially popular for its interior furnishings and design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ani cluster encompasses 16 rural communities and the town of Maralik. 9,829 out of an electorate 17,214 voted yesterday.
In September this year, parents of four six-year-old children in Haykavan, a village in Armenia’s Shirak Province, refused to send their children to school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Their pricing policy is a combination of quality and affordability. They try to take into account the socio-economic conditions of people.
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.
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.
I must doubly pay attention as I make my way along a narrow path descending into the Arpa River gorge in Armenia’s Yeghegnadzor Province.
The village of Basen, in Armenia’s Shirak province, is leading the way in terms of coming up with innovative technical solutions to reuse biological waste.
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.
Gyumri incumbent mayor Samvel Balasanyan was today reelected in a closed door vote of the new municipal council's inaugural session in which 16 members never attended..
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.
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.
Six employees, mostly journalists, at the GALA TV station in the Armenian town of Gyumri have formed a political party – The Likeminded Alliance of Liberals GALA.
Thousands travelled to Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, to welcome Pope Francis and to hear him celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the city center.
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.
Gevorg Vardanyan, from Gyumri, will always be remembered for his wide and sincere smile.