Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
A union of public initiatives to protect Yerevan has addressed an open letter to President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan demanding settlement of the disputes over capital repair of the Covered Market.
The activists say that the arc of the building was twice damaged during repairs in 2012. The building is in the list of the historical monuments of Yerevan. In addition, last year construction was launched in the back of the building, which has tangibly changed the exterior of the Covered Market. In this light, the Union urged the president to stop the cynical violation of the law, to demolish the construction in the back of the building and resume the original exterior of the Market.
The Covered Market was built in 1952 on the design of architect Grigory Aghababyan. It has been one of the Yerevan's symbols. Earlier, Mass Media reported that businessman-parliamentarian Samvel Aleskanyan bought the building from Leader of Prosperous Armenia Party Gagik Tsarukyan.