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15-Year Old Independent Armenia: Pride and patience and the challenge of raising a teenager

Independent Armenia’s transition from communism is embodied, unavoidably and intrusively so, exactly where its homage to socialism had stood.

On the very spot where the famous, finger-pointing statue of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin used to stand, there is now a giant-screen monitor that blaringly broadcasts much of what Komrade Lenin enwalled his people against. Music clips, sex-driven commercials advertising western-inspired consumption, and even the occasional macho movie image featuring the now-Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, play for passersby walking a square once named for the dictator but now reclaimed for the freed republic.

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