31.10.2006 17:09

YEREVAN (YERKIR) - A library named after Armenian Revolutionary
Federation figure Hrayr Marukhian was inaugurated on October 30 at
the ARF Bureau office in Yerevan.

The ceremony was attended by members of the ARF Bureau, ARF chapters
from Armenia, Artsakh and other countries.

ARF Bureau representative Hrant Margarian and Hrayr Marukhian's widow
Anahit inaugurated the new library.

In his remarks, ARF Bureau member Albert Achemian said that Marukhian
was both a skilful political figure and intellectual. "He was a great
fan of books and a great reader," Achemian said.

Achemian also said that ARF Bureau has decided to bring a copy of the
ARF archives to Armenia using modern technology as well as bring the
items kept at the ARF's Paris museum to Armenia.

The newly established library began to operate in March on the basis
of the books brought to Armenia from Athens. Later, books were also
brought from the ARF office in Lebanon, making the library complete.

Currently, the library contains full collection of many ARF
publications, including the Droshak copies published between 1890
and 1904.

The library has about 5,000 books currently.

ARF Bureau representative Hrant Margarian said that the library would
be very useful not only for the ARF members but also for all those
who may use the books of the library for their studies.

Shaghik Marukhian, Hrayr Marukhian's daughter, said that the library
would be helpful especially for the young people who are engaged in
political and social sciences.

"As for the emotional value of the library, I have to say that the
party was the first family of my father, and it is natural that all
his books have been returned to the party," Marukhian said.