Dollars Allocated From State Budget For Holding Year Of Armenia In R

DOLLARS ALLOCATED FROM STATE BUDGET FOR HOLDING YEAR OF ARMENIA IN RUSSIA NOT SPENT

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
Dec 05 2006

YEREVAN, DECEMBER 5, NOYAN TAPAN – ARMENIANS TODAY. The Year of
Armenia in Russia started a year ago was officially completed with
events held in Moscow and Saint Petersburg on December 1 and 2. The
governmental delegation headed by RA Prime Minister Andranik Margarian
also participated in them. Vigen Sargsian, the RA President’s Advisor,
the coordinator of the Year of Armenia in Russia stated about it at
the December 4 press conference. In his words, the RA and RF Prime
Ministers’ meeting took place in Moscow on December 1. The "ArArAt"
legends’ evening was held in the "Hayastan" (Armenia) pavilion of
the All-Russian Exhibition Center on the same evening. Events were
already continued on December 2 in Saint Petersburg: a constant
exhibition entitled "History and Culture of Armenia" opened at the
Hermitage. And later the final gala concert of the Year took place
at the Throne Hall of the Catherine Palace, with the participation
of the State Chamber Orchestra and Choir of Armenia. Vigen Sargsian
mentioned that the Year of Armenia in Russia was held at a proper level
and positive spurs were created for future cooperation of political,
economic and cultural spheres. In words of the President’s Advisor,
the first most important meaning is that a huge information about
Armenia was spread in Russia during this one year. "It is necessary
to mention that though Armenians lived in the USSR structure, but
many people do not know who the Armenians are and where Armenia is,
especially today’s young generation," V.Sargsian emphasized. He
also mentioned that 320 events, including exhibitions, concerts,
festivals, conferences, took place in 60 cities of Russia during
the year. In Vigen Sargsian’s words, cultural ties lost already
long ago were re-established owing to many events held in Russian
cities. And owing to cultural events held in regions of Russia, in
which Armenian businessmen also took part, an economic cooperation
started results of which will be known the next year, in the indexes
of goods circulation. Besides, V.Sargsian informed journalists that
about 400 thousand dollars envisaged by the state budget for holding
the Year of Armenia in Russia were not spent. The Yerevan "Ararat"
brandy factory, "Tashir" group and "Armavia" air company undertook
all the necessary expenses. In words of the President’s Advisor,
the economized money will be returned the state budget, and, perhaps,
it will be allocated to events of the Year of Armenia to France.

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