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Armenia’s second largest city will not be renamed - Governor

Armenia’s second largest city Gyumri will not be renamed as Alexandrapol, governor of Shirak Region Feliks Tsolakyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am.


He said the issued had not been discussed by regional administration.


“It is the first time I hear of something like that,” Tsolakyan said.


According to Armenian media outlets, renaming will coincide with the visit of Russian president Vladimir Putin.  


Gyumri was renamed as Alexandrapol after the visit of Nicholas I in 1837 to honor Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. In 1924 the city was renamed as Leninakan, in 1991 it turned to historic name Kumayri and then Gyumri.

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