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By Gayane Danielian

Silva Kaputikian, a famous poetess, publicist and public figure, died in Yerevan on Friday morning, at the age of 87.

Kaputikian’s works popular in Armenia and across the Diaspora had been translated into different languages.

The poetess was actively engaged in Armenia’s public life, made public speeches during the Karabakh movement. She was known for her criticism of the Armenian authorities.

Following the events of April 13, 2004, when authorities used violence against peaceful protestors in Baghramian Avenue, Kaputikian returned the Mesrop Mashtots Order she had been decorated with as a token of protest.

A government commission headed by Prime Minister Andranik Markarian has been set up to organize the funeral of the poetess due to take place at the Pantheon of the Komitas Park.

President Robert Kocharian on Friday addressed a message of condolences on Kaputikian’s death.

“It was with pain that I learned about the death of the renowned poetess Silva Kaputikian,” Kocharian said in the message spread by his press service. “Silva Kaputikian is one of the most distinguished representatives of modern Armenian literature whose literary works for decades accompanied both Armenian and foreign readers. She was very popular both in Armenia and in the Diaspora as an intellectual concerned with the fate of her country and people.”

“The death of Silva Kaputikian is a great loss for our literature and public life. I express my sincere condolences to the family of the poetess and thousands of admirers of her art,” the president said in his message.

Chairman of the Writers’ Union of Armenia Levon Ananian also called Kaputikian’s death ‘a great loss’ for Armenian literature and emphasized the poetess’ civil and patriotic mission.

“As a citizen and a patriot she had the happiness to see her motherland’s independence – something that she had always dreamed of and always struggled for in the name of the Armenian state,” Ananian emphasized.

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