LA’s First Dual-Citizen Receives Her Armenian Passport


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Jun 2nd, 2009

BEVERLY HILLS (Asbarez)-Despite her age, Zoya Baghramyan says she
feels like she’s 18 years old, because just as one receives a passport
at 18 in Armenia, she realized her life-long dream by receiving her
Armenian citizenship and her official Armenian passport at a ceremony
Monday at the Armenian Consulate General of Los Angeles.

Baghramyan completed her dual-citizenship application in March of
last year and in May, in Yerevan standing next to the tri-color and
with the singing of the National Anthem she received her Armenian
citizenship, becoming the first Angeleno to receive that status.

During the ceremony Monday, Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles
Grigor Hovhannisyan presented the passport again and a memento on
this occasion.

The Consul-General also announced that this year, the Consulate has
received double the number of dual-citizenship applications than
last year.

Baghramyan was born in Azerbaijan and fled the country in 1989
after the Azeri pogroms against Armenians in various parts of the
country. She first went to Moscow and in 1996 she moved to the United
States and became a citizen.

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