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Veteran RFE/RL Journalist Passes Away

Armenia -- Armen Dilanian, RFE/RL journalist, undated
Armenia -- Armen Dilanian, RFE/RL journalist, undated
Armen Dilanian, a veteran of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Armenian Service, passed away on April 24 at the age of 56 in Glendale, California.

Armen was one of the founders of RFE/RL's bureau in Yerevan in 1992, where he worked until he joined RFE/RL's headquarters in Munich, Germany in 1994. He was one of the first journalists in post-Soviet Armenia to report on the most vital political, social, and economic issues in his country.

Between 1995 and 2006, Armen worked in RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague. He left Prague for Glendale in 2006, where he worked as a journalist at various Los Angeles-based Armenian media and served as a correspondent for Armenian Public Radio.

"Armen Dilanian was a very talented journalist and his death is a big loss for the Armenian journalistic community," said Harry Tamrazian, director of RFE/RL's Armenian Service, Radio Azatutyun. "Listeners in Armenia could easily identify RFE/RL's programs by hearing Armen's voice. He had a large audience in Armenia and made a significant contribution to the success of our service."

"Armen contributed his excellent talent and efforts to the principles of free speech and human rights with truthful and sincere reports in his marvelous voice," said Gayane Danielian, staff member for Radio Azatutyun. "He was one of the history writers of the Republic of Armenia from the very first days of its independence."

He is survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter.