PERSON WHO GAVE FALSE TESTIMONY AGAINST ARMENIA'S OPPOSITION IS RELEASED FROM PRISON - NEWSPAPER
- YEREVAN. - Hovakim Babayan (a.k.a. Round) was recently released from an Armenian jail, Zhoghovurd daily writes.
"This man's name became known after the March 1 [2008 tragic] events [in capital Yerevan], when Babayan—who was a constant participant in the rallies organized by the [opposition bloc] Armenian National Congress and a constant visitor of opposition offices—began giving false testimonies against the political prisoners.
It became apparent that he was sent to the opposition camp by the police as an agent. [But] Hovakim was imprisoned much later than the March 1 events, on charges fraud, and now he is free.
According to eyewitnesses, Babayan now travels with the accompaniment of law enforcement agencies," Zhoghovurd writes.
- 1804 Mamed Khan of Yerevan, knowing of the Russian force's progress, orders the migration (for the duration of the war) of about 20000 Armenians from the Khanate of Yerevan to Ghars.
- 1810 Birth of Gabriel Aivazovski in Feodosia (Ukraine). He died in 1880 in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1838 Birth of Viscount James Bryce (statesman). He served under Prime Minister William Gladstone. He was a founder of the League of Nations. He wrote on jurisprudence and political science. He vociferously condemned the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government. He died in 1922.
- 1848 The Lazaryan College (Moscow) becomes the Institute of Western Languages.
- 1855 The Sultan orders, for the first time, the draft for the Christians in Turkey. The order was ineffective.
- 1920 Armenia's Revolutionary Military Committee in Alexandropol and proclaims the establishment of Soviet power in Armenia.
- 1923 Birth of Heydar Aliev, First Secretary of the Communist Party in Azerbaijan, Head of the Azeri Turk subdivision of the Soviet KGB, Member of the USSR Politbureau, and Head of Atheistic Propaganda under the Soviet regime. Committed Genocide against the Armenians of Nakhitshevan and Artsakh. Took over the presidency of Azerbaijan in 1993.
- 1941 The Ten-day Festival of Armenian Literature starts in Moscow (Russia).
- 1943 Garegeen the First (Hovsepyants) is anointed Catholicos of Cilicia in Antilias' Cathedral.