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Nikolai Ryzhkov, great friend of Armenia, passed away at age of 95

Nikolai Ryzhkov, great friend of Armenia, passed away at age of 95

ArmInfo. Nikolay Rizhkov, a great friend of the Armenian people, National Hero of Armenia, former  head of the USSR government, passed away at the age of 95.

"A remarkable and radiant figure, Nikolai Ryzhkov, has passed away; a  man of an era with a unique destiny and a statesman of unparalleled  magnitude. He possessed a great soul," Chairwoman of Russia's  Federation Council Valentina Matvienko said on Telegram. 

The cause of death has not been specified. As Russian media write,  the date and place of the funeral have not yet been determined; the  Upper House will organize the farewell, noted Vyacheslav Timchenko,  chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Rules and  Organization of Parliamentary Activities.

Ryzhkov headed the Soviet government from 1985-1991. Since 2003, he  has been a member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation  from the Belgorod region. In October 2023, he resigned early as a  senator.

During the liquidation of the consequences of the devastating Spitak  earthquake of 1988, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR  Nikolai Ryzhkov came to Armenia and supervised rescue efforts on the  ground. Ten years later, in 1998, Ryzhkov visited Armenia again, but  as a State Duma deputy. On December 7, 1998, bronze bust of Ryzhkov  was opened on the street named after him in Spitak. The monument was  erected on the initiative and at the expense of the former first  secretary of the Spitak district committee of the Communist Party of  Armenia Norayr Muradyan. This is a rare case when something like this  happens during the lifetime of an honored figure.  According to  Nikolai Ivanovich, he came to Armenia on duty, but left his heart  here.  Nikolai Ryzhkov was awarded the title of National Hero of  Armenia. This is the only non-Armenian figure who was awarded the  highest state title of Armenia.

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