To Akop Guirdzhian, April 28, 1926, Yerevan

...Akop, the point is this: with this letter I'm sending you the competition terms for Stepan Shahumian's monument project. Please read and familiarize with it, this matter might interest you and in case you take interest in it, then write how you see this matter and how it would be possible to carry it out with positive result. You do know that sculpture in Russia is its weak point; in fact sculpture here is much in demand, worthless monuments are erected ; they blow cold and they do not justify their purpose - that is to say - neither fish nor fowl.