VAHAN VARDAPETYAN: ERECTION OF MONUMENT TO MIKOYAN IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO DRAW THE MIND OF THE SOCIETY FROM THE PRESSING PROBLEMS
by David Stepanyan
Tuesday, May 20, 18:34
The erection of the monument to Anastas Mikoyan in Yerevan is another
attempt to draw the mind of the society from the pressing problems,
a member of the Armenian National Congress board, the known physician,
Vahan Vardapetyan, told ArmInfo correspondent when commenting on an
initiative to erect a monument to the known Soviet politician.
“I am absolutely confident that erection of the monument should not be
an end in itself, as it does not resolve any of the problems which are
still relevant in Armenia today. Unfortunately, such stormy discussion
of the erection of the monument to the Soviet politician is evidence
of a deep sickness of our society”, – he said.
He does not understand motivation of the people which are for the
erection of the monument. All the discussions have resulted in turning
over the leaves of Anastas Mikoyan’s past, which consists of positive
as well as negative episodes. As a result, today only negative sides
of Mikoyan’s past are being discussed. “And even Poland’s Ambassador
to Armenia has characterized an idea of erection the monument to
Mikoyan as an immoral one saying that Mikoyan took part in execution
of Polish officers in Katyn”, – Vardapetyan said.
When commenting on the chief architect of Yerevan, Tigran Barsegyan’s
statement, that Mikoyan’s heritors want erection of the monument in
Yerevan, Vardapetyan, being close to Mikoyan’s family, said that the
known Soviet composer and musician Stas Namin (Anastas Alekseevich
Mikoyan) would never apply with such a request. “The erection of any
monument should demonstrate respect and people’s love, but should not
become an unclear initiative which can turn the monument to Anastas
Mikoyan into an object of disrespect. I am sure this will be deeply
unpleasant to Mikoyan’s family”, – he said.