Starving Bears from Gyumri’s Sad Zoo Migrate to Europe

Gyumri bears

Two months after Daily Mail published a touching story (albeit not very accurate) about the starving bears and lions in a private zoo in Armenia’s second largest town, the two bear, Masha and Misha, are being transferred to Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania. Continue reading

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Stuck in the Quake

As part of RFE/RL Armenian service director Harry Tamrazian’s “Sunday Analytical” show, I had the chance to visit Gyumri last week only to find that hundreds of families are stuck there in a permanent disaster zone with no hope for any kind of change. Continue reading

Raffi Hovannisian hints at plans for pursuing #barevolution during March

Raffi Hovannisian hinted that he has a plan and promised to reveal it during a rally on March 2nd, as thousands gathered to listen to him in what was possibly the largest crowd since the opposition presidential candidate announced that he won’t accept the official election results. Continue reading

Gyumri Mayor’s Surprise Move to Save Tumanian’s House

Gyumri Mayor Vardan Ghukasian, Photo from the official website of Gyumri City Hall

Gyumri Mayor Vardan Ghukasian, Photo from the official website of Gyumri City Hall

Gyumry mayor Vardan Ghukasian announced on Monday, that his family is ready to contribute all the money necessary to acquire great Armenian poet Hovhannes Tumanian’s house in Tbilisi and hand it over to Armenia’s Writers’ Union to be turned into a literary, cultural center and library, Aravot.am reports. Continue reading