NO, HE DOESN’T LOOK ARMENIAN
March 3 2010
Derb: You knew I’d take the bait. The story (from June of last year)
that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is Armenian appears to be a
hoax. The original seems to be a blog posting at a Dutch paper.
But if true, he wouldn’t be the first: Anastas Mikoyan (brother of
the MiG aircraft designer Artem Mikoyan) was president of the USSR
in the 1960s. He was a slippery SOB who served under — and managed
not to be killed by — Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev. Maybe
part of the price of that ability to survive was that his hometown
of Sanahin in northern Armenia hated his guts — there is (or was,
anyway) a Mikoyan museum there, almost exclusively about his brother
the MiG guy, with a picture somewhere saying, "Oh, yeah, and his
brother Anastas was president."