An Armenian youth raises his Karabakh Movement-inspired fist from the balcony of the Government building as a sign of its nascent independence.

A Salute to Independence

A look back on when anything was possible because we achieved the impossible


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An Armenian youth raises his Karabakh Movement-inspired fist from the balcony of the Government building as a sign of its nascent independence.
An Armenian youth raises his Karabakh Movement-inspired fist from the balcony of the Government building as a sign of its nascent independence.
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The first issue of Armenian stamps depict the tricolor emanating from the peaks of Mt. Ararat, symbolizing the country’s newfound independence in 1992. Their price 0.2, 2 and 5 in rubles.
The first issue of Armenian stamps depict the tricolor emanating from the peaks of Mt. Ararat, symbolizing the country’s newfound independence in 1992. Their price 0.2, 2 and 5 in rubles.
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Surrounded by his commanders and the base priest, a freedom fighter takes his military oath at the height of the first Nagorno-Karabakh War in the early 1990s.
Surrounded by his commanders and the base priest, a freedom fighter takes his military oath at the height of the first Nagorno-Karabakh War in the early 1990s.
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A bronze statue of Lenin is removed head first from its high pedestal in the eponymous square, renamed Republic Square in the early 1990s. The statue’s remains lie in the courtyard of the National Museum across the square.
A bronze statue of Lenin is removed head first from its high pedestal in the eponymous square, renamed Republic Square in the early 1990s. The statue’s remains lie in the courtyard of the National Museum across the square.
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Representatives of the Armenian Mission to the United Nations and members of the local Armenian Diaspora witness the raising of the Armenian tri-color at the United Nations in 1992.
Representatives of the Armenian Mission to the United Nations and members of the local Armenian Diaspora witness the raising of the Armenian tri-color at the United Nations in 1992.
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In 1993, Hratchya Aslanyan presents his design for the new 5,000 dram note to a special committee of Armenia’s legislature, which later became the National Assembly.
In 1993, Hratchya Aslanyan presents his design for the new 5,000 dram note to a special committee of Armenia’s legislature, which later became the National Assembly.
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Masses in Yerevan besiege a mobile exchange office across the recently-established Central Bank of Armenia in 1993 to trade their rubles for the country’s new national currency— the dram.
Masses in Yerevan besiege a mobile exchange office across the recently-established Central Bank of Armenia in 1993 to trade their rubles for the country’s new national currency— the dram.
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The “YES!” to independence bell published in the September 21, 1991 issue of the Soviet daily “Evening Yerevan” when 99.5 percent of the Armenian public voted to secede from the U.S.S.R.
The “YES!” to independence bell published in the September 21, 1991 issue of the Soviet daily “Evening Yerevan” when 99.5 percent of the Armenian public voted to secede from the U.S.S.R.

Originally published in the 2021-12-01​ issue of AGBU Magazine. end character

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