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Golos Armenii

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Golos Armenii
Cover of June 5, 2014, issue of Golos Armenii
Editor-in-chiefFlora Nashkharian
LanguageRussian language
Circulation3,500 (as of early 2000s)
OCLC number22522583

Golos Armenii (Russian: Голос Армении, "Voice of Armenia"), previously known as Kommunist («Коммунист», "[The] Communist"), is a Russian language newspaper published in Yerevan, Armenia.[1]

Soviet period[edit]

The newspaper was founded in 1934.[2] During the Soviet period it was a daily organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia and the Yerevan City Committee of the Communist Party.[1][3] In the 1940s and 1950s, Veniamin Andreevich Syrtsev served as editor of the newspaper.[4][5][6] As of 1972, it had a circulation of 45,000.[7]

Independent Armenia[edit]

Kommunist became Golos Armenii in August 1990.[8] As of 1991, it was still an organ of the Communist Party, and was issued six times a week. B. M. Mkrtchyan served as the editor during this period.[9] In the post-Soviet period, it became a thrice-weekly newspaper.[2] Flora Nashkharian took over as editor-in-chief in 1992.[10][11] Nashkharian worked at Kommunist since 1976, serving as its first deputy editor in the latter years.[10]

As of the mid-1990s, Golos Armenii had a circulation of about 5,000, twelve journalists employed and around twenty other staff members. It was strongly opposed to the presidency of Levon Ter-Petrossyan.[11][12] The newspaper was closed down by the government on May 11, 1995, in the midst of a dispute over rent of its editorial office. The closure was seen as a move to silence an opposition voice in the media.[13] Shamiram Aghabekian served as deputy editor of Golos Armenii for a period, before becoming the editor-in-chief of Respublika Armenia (the Russian version of the government gazette Hayastani Hanrapetutyun) in 1998.[14] In 1999, Golos Armenii claimed a circulation of 5,230. It was sold for around 100 Armenian dram per copy. The newspaper was printed in A2 format, with four pages.[15] As of the early 2000s, it was estimated to have a circulation of 3,500.[16] It was perceived as close to the government of Robert Kocharyan.[17]

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  1. ^ a b Mary Allerton Kilbourne Matossian. The Impact of Soviet Policies in Armenia. Brill Archive. p. 239. GGKEY:59QW8S38UQ0.
  2. ^ a b Taylor & Francis Group (2004). Europa World Year. Taylor & Francis. p. 566. ISBN 978-1-85743-254-1.
  3. ^ Library of Congress. European Affairs Division (1949). The European press today. The Library of Congress. p. 137.
  4. ^ Political Handbook of the World. McGraw-Hill Book Company. 1959. p. 200.
  5. ^ Political Handbook and Atlas of the World. Harper & Row for the Council on Foreign Relations. 1948. p. 202.
  6. ^ Who's who in the USSR. Intercontinental Book and Publishing Company. 1965. p. 833.
  7. ^ Great Soviet Encyclopedia. Коммунист (газета Армянской ССР) Archived 2014-06-06 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ John Miller (1993). Mikhail Gorbachev and the end of Soviet power. St. Martin's Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-333-54615-4.
  9. ^ 1991 32nd (1 August 1991). EUROPA WORLD YRBK 1991 2V. Taylor & Francis. p. 2720.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ a b Yerevan Press Club. NAKHASHKARYAN Flora Archived 2007-08-31 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ a b Yasha Lange (1997). Media in the CIS: a study of the political, legislative and socio-economic framework. The European Commission. p. 46.
  12. ^ United States. Congress. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1996). Report on Armenia's presidential election of September 22, 1996, Yerevan. The Commission. p. 5.
  13. ^ United States. Congress. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1995). Report on Armenia's parliamentary election and constitutional referendum: July 5, 1995, Yerevan, Armenia. The Commission. p. 11.
  14. ^ Asbarez. "Newspaper Staff Disappointed with Assignment of New Editor"
  15. ^ Yerevan Press Club. MONITORING OF THE ARMENIAN MEDIA Archived 2014-06-05 at archive.today
  16. ^ Freedom House (13 September 2004). Nations in Transit 2004: Democratization in East Central Europe and Eurasia. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-4617-3141-2.
  17. ^ Alla Mirzoyan (13 April 2010). Armenia, the Regional Powers, and the West: Between History and Geopolitics. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-230-10635-2.