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President Sarkissian donates half of his annual salary to Hayastan All Armenian Fund
/Nov 22/News.am/

YEREVAN – Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fund, visited the office of the Fund on November 22 ahead of the 21st TV Marathon, the press service of the Armenian President’s Office reported.

Back in May, President Sarkissian had promised to donate his one year’s salary to the Fund. Today the President signed a document on donating half of his annual salary, which is 5,753,496 AMD.

The salary of the other 6 months will also be donated to the Fund.


National Security Service donates over 10 million AMD to Hayastan All-Armenian Fund
/Nov 22/News.am/

YEREVAN – Director of the National Security Service of Armenia Artur Vanetsyan visited the Yerevan office of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s TV Marathon accompanied by his son, Hayastan All-Armenian Fund reported.

Artur Vanetsyan urged to actively participate in the nationwide fund raising event. The NSS Director assured that all the donated sums will serve their goals.

The National Security Service donated over 9.5 million AMD, while Vanetsyan donated his one month’s salary as a personal donation.


Pashinyan makes both official and personal donations to Hayastan Fund’s charity telethon, calls for unity
/Nov 23/168.am/

On the occasion of the annual telethon of the Hayastan All Armenian Fund, caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the charity organization’s Yerevan office this morning, Pashinyan’s office said.

Pashinyan made two separate donations to the fund – 1 million drams from the Prime Minister’s Fund, and another 500,000 drams from his personal account.

The caretaker Prime Minister then addressed those who are following the telethon live: “Dear countrymen, I once again welcome you. First of all I would like to thank all those people, all our countrymen who as of this moment have already taken part in the telethon and have made their donation to the Hayastan All Armenian Fund. I would like to hope that during the remaining one hour numerous of our countrymen will manage to make donations to the fund, because this money will be spent for the improvement and development programs of important infrastructures in the Republic of Artsakh and Republic of Armenia.

Dear countrymen, this new period of time is extremely important, and we require an exclusive pan-national unity for the solution of our pan-national issues. Certainly, the telethon is one type of this unification, and we still have to go on this pathway to reach a level of unity that we have dreamt of for many years. Today, now, this opportunity exists, and there is no doubt that we will use this opportunity to create a truly united, free and happy Armenia. Thank you and good luck,” he said during a live broadcast.


Aivazovsky’s ‘Venice at Sunset’ sells for £609,000 at auction
/Nov 27/Panorama/

‘Venice at Sunset’ by world-renowned seascape artist Hovhannes (Ivan) Aivazovsky has been sold for £609,000 ($780,000) at Christie’s auction of the Russian Art held in London on 26 November, TASS reports.

‘Venice at Sunset’ was estimated at £400,000-600,000 ($522,800-$784,200) at the auction. It was created in 1873 and belongs to John Kluge’s private collection. The painting never appeared in the arts market over the past 20 years.

The auction, that brought together 250 participants from 29 countries, collected a total of £7,15 million.

All proceeds from the sales at Christie’s will be donated to the Colombia University of New York.  

Aivazovsky (born July 29, 1817 – died May 5, 1900), also known as Haivazovskiy, was a Russian painter of Armenian descent, most famous for his seascapes, which constitute more than half of his paintings. Aivazovsky was born to a poor Armenian family in the city of Theodosia in the Crimea.

At the age of twenty, he graduates from the Art Academy of St. Petersburg with a gold medal. He goes to Italy to continue his studies and returns as an internationally acclaimed seascape painter. Neither financial security nor life in Palace interests him. He returns to his native land, builds a workplace on the seashore and, until the last days of his life, dedicates himself to the work that he loves. He participates in exhibitions all over the world.   

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