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.
A prominent Armenian Bolshevik activist and head of the Baku Commune Stepan Shahumyan’s ghost now wanders through his native Caucasus. Armenians have largely forgotten his century-old verbal attacks on nationalism and insistence on internationalist fraternity of peoples, yet his statues remain and streets, villages and towns are named after him in Armenia and Artsakh.
The Amulsar gold mine, owned and operated by Lydian Armenia, is one of the most controversial projects in recent years in Armenia. Over the past weekend, activists from Yerevan and elsewhere traveled to the province of Vayots Dzor to raise awareness about the potential danger the mine poses to the environment.