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Armed men captured the police compound in Yerevan in July, demanding freedom for opposition leader Jirair Sefilian and the removal of Mr Abrahamyan’s government.
Ashod Tazian, a 79-year-old Lebanese-Armenian sculptor whose family fled mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915, sits next to his artwork in Beirut on April 16, 2015 ©Joseph Eid (AFP) But Turkey takes a sharply different view, saying that hundreds of thousands of Turks and Armenians lost their lives as Ottoman forces battled the Russian Empire for control of eastern Anatolia during World War I.The government has also faced political challenges, including a flare-up of violence in Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region in April between Armenian-backed separatists and Azeri forces.Armenia depends heavily on aid and investment from Russia, whose economic downturn has hit exports and much-needed remittances from Armenians working there.This year was the fourth summer of mass protests in Yerevan, with demands for regime change overtaking previous issues of electricity bills, pension reform and public transport fare increases.Human Rights Watch accused police of using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators in July, using stun grenades and batons, as well as assaulting journalists.In 1915, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered in the Ottoman Empire in what is now known as the Armenian Genocide.Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, denies the historical event. Armenians love to dance (especially a type of line dance) and call dancing "keff time," which means party time.9.Hepatitis A vaccine (Havrax Monodose or Avaxim) comprises two injections given about a year apart.The course costs about £100 (but may be available on the NHS), it protects for 25 years and can be given even close to the time of departure.While the famous fam continues their sightseeing overseas, here are 10 fascinating facts about Armenian culture and history.1. Cher is also of Armenian decent through her father's lineage.Michael Vartan also has Armenian blood as does Dita Von Teese and Joe Manganiello.