YEREVAN (Arminfo)–The director of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University–academician of the National Academy of Sciences–member of the Union of Armenia’s Writers Levon Mkrtchyan has died.
Levon Mkrtchyan was born on March 2–1933 in Akhalkalaki. In 1980-1999 he was the Dean of the faculty of Russian Language and Literature–and in 1999 he headed the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University. He is the author of monographs dedicated to the classics of the Russian literature-Saltykov-Shedrin–Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy–researches of the Armenian-Russian relations–as well as to the Ancient and Middle Age Armenian poetry. He is also the author of the books "A and B were sitting on a tube,"Near William Saroyan,"
"If there were interpreters in Babylon" and many others. In 1978 Levon Mkrtchyan was awarded with the premium of the Union of Writers of the USSR.
A government panel to oversee the academician’s funeral has been established by prime minister Andranik Markarian. The commission will be headed by chairman of Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences Fadey Sarkisian.