For a large international audience of his admirers, Prof. Nazaryan was not only an expert in Russian literature, a professor at the Department of Russian and Foreign Literature of the Faculty of Philology of Samarkand State University. He had been a long-term participant and organizer of many international scientific conferences, Chairman of the Board of the Regional Society of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature. He was a Cavalier of the Russian medal dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the birth of A.S. Pushkin; a talented local historian, an expert on the region, author of the well-known books "Samarkand antiquity" and "Armenians of Samarkand".
Ruben Gamletovich was a legend of Samarkand. Old-timers remember him as a teacher of Russian literature at the Pedagogical Institute and the University. He was well-known for initiating a variety of scientific activities, and promoting the history of Samarkand of the second half of the 19th - early 20th centuries. His talented, active, irrepressible nature always demanded new impressions, new events. In the 90s in St. Petersburg Prof. Nazaryan underwent an internship at the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House) of the USSR Academy of Sciences. His stories about L. N. Gumilyov and A. M. Panchenko were unusually exciting. It is unfortunate that he did not publish his impressions about this period of his life and about these outstanding people.
Local history was, in fact, not a hobby, but became his life’s work. He was well aware of every subtle details of the local history of the region. Life impressions, a brilliant memory, books and journals were at the core of his perception of the world, as if at the junction of different cultures, different mentalities, synthesizing knowledge in his creative heritage. Besides, the numerous articles were published as a result of his participation in various scientific conferences, both national and international, where he traveled surprisingly easily and willingly at any age.
Another his field of activity was journalism. Over the years, he was the founder and the editor of three Samarkand newspapers “Luys”, “Darakchi” and “Standard”, as well as a member of the editorial boards of several journals.
R.G. Nazaryan was an excellent lecturer and storyteller. His humorous stories could make up a separate collection. Sociability, taste for life, experience in communicating with a variety of people - all this made up a significant part of Prof. Nazaryan’s personality. It is no coincidence that he was a member of the board of the Samarkand Armenian Cultural Center "Luys" and the head of the Slavic Center of Samarkand State University. His collaboration with IICAS expanded the scope of his interests and creative possibilities.
Work and hobbies R.G. Nazaryan have been a long-term service to the profession. His memory will remain in the hearts of his colleagues and students.
The team of IICAS expresses sincere condolences to the family and relatives of Ruben Hamletovich and mourns his death.