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Armavir

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Armavir, is a town at the west of Armenia and the capital of the Armavir Province. It was founded in 1931 by the Soviet government of Armenia. As of the 2011 census, the population of the town is 29,319, declined from 46,900 reported at the 1989 census. The town was known as Sardarapat between 1931 and 1935, and Hoktemberyan between 1935 to 1992.EtymologyFounded in 1931 as Sardarabad, the town was known as Hoktemberyan between 1947 and 1992, named in honor of the October Revolution.In 1992, the town was named Armavir by the government of independent Armenia, after the nearby ancient city of Armavir, founded in the 8th century BC by King Argishti I of Urartu, and became the capital of the Kingdom of Armenia under the Orontid Dynasty in 331 BC.HistoryHistorically, the territory of modern-day Armavir is located in the Aragatsotn canton at the centre of the historic Ayrarat province of Ancient Armenia.The Soviet 11th Red Army invaded the Republic of Armenia on 29 November 1920. The Soviets took Yerevan on 4 December 1920 after the signing of the Treaty of Alexandropol. Later, this was replaced by the Treaty of Kars. The Soviets proclaimed Armenia as a Soviet Socialist Republic under the leadership of Aleksandr Myasnikyan. However, in 1922, Armenia was included in the newly created Transcaucasian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic.
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