Russian Armenian Leader Meets with Press

BURBANK–The leader of the Russian-Armenian Association Ara Abrahamian held a press conference Tuesday at the Western Diocese headquarters. He was in Los Angeles following the World Economic Summit in New York last week.

In his brief report–Abrahamian discussed the imperative of establishing the Russian-Armenian Association as a means to address the needs of the 2.5 million Armenia’s living in Russia.

He reported that during the past years–through the efforts of the organization–some 50 Sunday schools have been opened and seven Armenian churches have been established. He also added that a international rights and political think-tank was established–headed by Yuri Barseghian–as a means to clearly set the course for the community in Russia.

The think-tank will published a 1500-page book on the Armenian Genocide in English–authored by Barseghian.

In discussing pressing issues facing the Russian-Armenian community–Abrahamian discussed recent incidents in the Krasnodar region of Russia–where the local Armenia’s and Kazaks were embroiled in an ethnic strife–which threatened the well-being of the Armenian community.

Abrahamian said he personally traveled to Krasnodar where he met with local officials to explain that the presence of the Armenian population was a positive addition to the life of the region–since the Armenia’s had social–political and economic potential.

Last year–Abrahamian was awarded a "Man of the Year" award by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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