Fifteen people so far have been granted the title of National Hero of Armenia, and only three of them are alive. They are: the richest Armenian of the world, Armenian-American billionaire Kirk Kerkorian; the King of Chanson, Armenian-French singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat Charles Aznavour; former Prime Minister of Soviet Union, Russian politician Nikolay Ryzhkov.
All the above people are wealthy enough to appreciate the free buss-ride, I’m pretty sure.
Public buses in Yerevan have a sign posted by the driver’s seat, where one can see which categories of people are entitled to free bus rides.
Most other categories of people there are not likely to need the free bus-rides either. This includes the very few remaining living heroes of Soviet Union as well persons living in elderly houses and orphanages. In other words, people who won’t or can’t use public transport, get all the goodies.
Admittedly, there is a very well-developed and rather inexpensive public transportation system in Yerevan, costing 50 – 100 AMD (about $ 0,15 – 0,28 US) for a ride.
However, pensioners and people who live on a meager pension, which is well below the minimum necessary for basic survival, have no privileges, discounts or free rides.
PS1: This story was originally posted by Reporter_Arm. PS2: Now I’m dying to see Kerkorian, Aznavour or Ryzhkov riding a Yerevan bus.