Hovhannes Nazaretyan is an undergraduate student studying communications at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan. Born in Armenia, but having spent his teenage years in the United States, he now works as a tour guide. He has actively participated in many of the political and social movements that have taken place in Armenia in the past several years.
From those who survived the Armenian Genocide to those who moved to Soviet Armenia during the Great Repatriation of the 1940s, Western Armenians contributed to Yerevan’s incredible rise as a major city, turning it into the heart and soul of the Armenian nation.
A tucked away city within a city, the district of Kond in Yerevan has a rich history and a promising future only if authorities undertake a large-scale restoration. What are the stories of Kond and what does the future hold for one of the oldest quarters in the country’s capital?
Three decades after the catastrophic Spitak Earthquake, Hovhannes Nazaretyan takes a look back at how that tragedy was covered by one of America’s most prestigious newspapers.