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SOAR - Moscow Chapter

moscow@soar-us.org


SOAR-Moscow launched in February 2012. Russia possesses the largest Armenian population outside of Armenia, home to approximately 3 million Armenians, with more than 1 million Armenians, including seasonal workers, in Moscow alone. The Armenian Diaspora is the fourth largest ethnic diaspora in Moscow, after Ukrainians, Jews, and Tartars. The dissolution of the Soviet Union, the economic blockade of Armenia, and the war in Artsakh caused a powerful stream of migration to Moscow (as well as other Russian cities and towns). In Moscow, the Armenian Diaspora has formed a multifaceted and versatile layer that touches nearly every aspect of society. The Armenian Diaspora of Moscow has a history of about 600 years (the city itself is 800 years old), and the city's cultural and educational life has been influenced by Armenians, beginning with the princely family of the Lazarevs, who promoted the resettlement of Armenians to Moscow in the 17th and 18th centuries. Armenian Yevgeniy Vakhtangov, the founder of a popular theater that now bears his name, and two great Armenian composers of the 20th century – Arno Babajanian and Aram Khachaturian – lived and created in Moscow.


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Board of Directors:



Anna Petrosyan
President

Anna was born in Gyumri, Armenia, but her family moved to Moscow when she was 5 years old. In 2016 Anna graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations majoring in Applied Economics and Commerce. Volunteering has played a major role in her life. She has been involved in various volunteer activities since the age of 14 and once she came to realise what a superpower volunteering is, she couldn't stay away. From organizing recycling drives in a country that has no societal understanding of environmental protection, to starting an English club for unprivileged middle-school children at the Russian State library, Anna tried to get involved however she could. Now as a part of SOAR, Anna would like to make a change in her home country.




Ani Ghazaryan

Ani was born and raised in Avshar, Armenia where she finished school and moved to Tomsk together with her family. She graduated from Tomsk State University and worked there for a while before moving to live in Moscow. Here she's an individual entrepreneur offering foreign language teaching courses to companies and individuals. She's happy to be part of a team which supports and provides real help to those in need.





Naira Khananushyan

Ani was born and raised in Avshar, Armenia where she finished school and moved to Tomsk together with her family. She graduated from Tomsk State University and worked there for a while before moving to live in Moscow. Here she's an individual entrepreneur offering foreign language teaching courses to companies and individuals. She's happy to be part of a team which supports and provides real help to those in need.







Ruben MelkonianRuben Melkonian

Ruben, born in Yerevan, Armenia, holds an M.A. in economics from the Yerevan State University and currently is a level II candidate in the CFA program. Having a successful career in his homeland, where he rose from a specialist to a branch manager within one of the country's leading banks, Ruben moved to Moscow. Currently he is in charge of the financial department of a local consulting company and has recently started a financial advisory company called "August".

Ruben is proud to become a part of SOAR and is happy to assume all the inherent responsibilities.