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YEREVAN, MARCH 25, ARMENPRESS: Russian and Armenian First Ladies, Lyudmila Putina and Bella Kocharian, inaugurated today the Armenian Center of Russian Book at the Association of Cultural Ties with Foreign Countries and later visited the National Children Art Center. Lyudmila Putina is in Armenia together with her husband, Vladimir Putin, who arrived yesterday evening to officially open the Year of Russia in Armenia.

The Center contains a library, a video library and a reading hall. The new establishment is expected to promote traditional friendly Russian-Armenian relations in the humanitarian and spiritual spheres.

The Center will host presentations of new Russian editions, meetings of writers, scholars and Russian language and literature experts, anniversary celebrations of prominent Russian and Armenian culture figures. It will also sell Russian books and periodicals.

According to the Association’s chairman, Armenian ambassador to Russia Armen Smbatyan, the Center’s library has 3,000 Russian books, encyclopedias, reference editions, dictionaries, fiction and children’s books. They were purchased and sent to Yerevan by Hovhanes Ohanian, the chairman of the Russian Federation Council committee for economic policy, entrepreneurship and property.

The director of the National Children Art Center, Henrik Igitian, told the First Ladies that apart from the works of Armenian children the Center hosts also works of some 150,000 children from around 110 countries.

“I liked the works displayed here very much, they are very impressive and touching,” Lyudmila Putina said, adding that she saw great optimism in the works of Armenian children.

Henrik Igitian presented Mrs. Putina an illustrative edition of Armenian national epos, David Of Sassoun and a book of his called Armenian Art in the 20-th Century.

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