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by Emmanuil Mkrtchyan
A 15m column dedicated to the victims of the 7 Dec 1988 devastating earthquake has been erected in the area of the incomplete Spitak Memorial Complex. The initiator of the project of creation of the memorial complex in the town of Spitak, which was completely ruined a quarter of a century ago, is Prof. Norayr Muradyan, Doctor of Economics, the former head of the Spitak region of Armenia and currently a Russian entrepreneur. Muradyan has set himself a goal to implement the project of construction of the Spitak Memorial Complex, which was approved by official structures as early as in the late 1980s.
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Norayr Muradyan has told ArmInfo's correspondent that to mark the 25th anniversary of the Spitak tragedy, the members of the Spitak Memorial Organizing Committee took a decision to erect a column at least because the issue of further construction of the whole complex still hangs in the air due to the lack of financing. Muradyan says that as early as in the Soviet times about 10 hectares of plot was provided for that purpose, the layout of the complex was designed and an interesting architectural concept was found for the central building of a museum which was to symbolize the tectonic fault.
According to the project, the building is to be located on the juncture of two memorial hills, with one of them commemorating the innocent victims of the disaster and the other one commemorating the Russian military servicemen and other rescuers who responded to the tragedy of the Armenian people. Here a small chapel will be built to commemorate those who lost their lives when helping the earthquake victims, including the Russian troopers who died in an air crash over the Black Sea, the Yugoslav pilots and other true heroes who ventured their lives to rescue the peaceful residents of the disaster-affected regions of Armenia.
Muradyan said that the application of the Spitak Memorial for financing of the construction of the Orthodox chapel and the other elements of the memorial complex is intelligently perceived by the official structures of Russia, including the Russian President's Administration and the Ministry of Culture.
He also thinks that now that Armenia and Russia have chosen the path of deep public and economic reintegration within the Customs Union and further Eurasian Union, the creation of the memorial complex will be another megalith in the basis of Armenian-Russian relations as a message to the future generations.