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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Sunday, 08 April 2012 11:37|
Hovhannes Ishkhanyan, 24, computer programmer, and like many others, exrecluta the Armenian army, is in the spotlight in the Soviet exrepública after writing a literary work which describes life in the country's military.
Despite a run of just 300 copies, the Armenian army prosecutor says that the book defamed the military, religious insults and mothers. Demob Day has been pulled from the shelves of at least two bookstores in Yerevan, the Armenian capital.
Ironically, the city celebrates its status as World Book Capital by UNESCO [in], but that's little consolation to Ishkanyan, facing trial under Article 263 of the Criminal Code of Armenia for the illegal distribution of pornographic materials or items .
If found guilty, he could be sentenced Ishkhanyan payment of a fine or imprisonment up to two or three years. Ianyan comments on the case [in].
Even, The Armenian Observer noted with regard to reading the book [on].
Unzipped also commented [on] and drew attention to a request [in] launched in support of the young writer. "Incredible," wrote the blogger. "What time are we living?! Say a firm NO to attempts to return to Armenia to the dark days of Stalinism. "
There is also an interview with Ishkanyan last year [in] which the author addresses the issue of freedom of expression and military culture in Armenia in Artist For Artist.