In Minas: A Requiem (1989), Vartanov
at his friend, the assassinated painter Minas Avetisian (1928-1975), whom he
presented for the first time in The Color
of Armenian Land back in 1968 when the Ministry of Culture, Goskino and Armenfilm
demanded to delete the scene because Minas was not in favor. Vartanov refused.
By the time of his assassination, in 1975, Minas had become an icon...
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