Armenia is the world’s 3rd most militarized country. Global Militarization Index

Armenia revealed it owned a set of 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 'Stone') short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) in its military parade on 21 September, 2016 Source: Karen Vrtanesyan / Razm.info
Armenia revealed it owned a set of 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 ‘Stone’) short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) in its military parade on 21 September, 2016 Source: Karen Vrtanesyan / Razm.info

The ten countries that have the highest levels of militarization are Israel, Singapore, Armenia, Jordan, Russia, South Korea, Cyprus, Greece, Azerbaijan and Brunei in the Global Militarization Index.

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Shots fired in central Yerevan, 1 killed, 1 wounded

 

Suspects of Vernissage Shooting Albert Blbulyan, Armen Karadavidov, Rafik Khachatryan
Suspects of Vernissage Shooting Albert Blbulyan, Armen Karadavidov, Rafik Khachatryan

Shots were fired at a popular tourist destination in central Yerevan earlier today. The Police confirmed one dead, one wounded. Gagik Mosinian (43) passed away at the scene, Vahagn Abgarian was taken to the hospital.
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Armenian Passport ranks 59th in the world by its Global Power

Side by side comparison of Armenian, Georgian and Azerbaijani passports on Passport Index
Side by side comparison of Armenian, Georgian and Azerbaijani passports on Passport Index

The Armenian passport ranks 59th by its Visa Free Rank according to the Passport Index, an interactive online tool, which collects, displays and ranks a total of 199 passports (193 United Nations member countries and 6 territories).

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Who’s lying about Armenia’s participation in the U.S.-led military exercises held in Georgia

Georgia -- The initial logo of
Georgia — The initial logo of “Agile Spirit 2017” military exercises published by the Georgian Ministry of Defense

The fact that Armenia has pulled away from taking part in the US-led military excercises in Georgia would be a minor story, if it wasn’t blown out of proportion by contradictory statements from Armenian and Georgian Defense Ministries. And now the story just won’t go away. Continue reading “Who’s lying about Armenia’s participation in the U.S.-led military exercises held in Georgia”

Average salary in Armenia is higher than Azerbaijan, lower than Georgia

Average Salary in Post-Soviet States
Average Salary in Post-Soviet States

I came across this infographic on Настоящее Время, which shows average salaries in post-Soviet states in 2016-17. The data is taken from open sources, like the World Bank, etc. Interesting to see that the salaries in oil-rich Azerbaijan are lower than in Armenia, meanwhile Georgia is ahead of everyone. Below is a table extracted from the infographic, which I’ve typed up and translated into English for easy reference.

Country Salary
Estonia  $1,313.00
Latvia  $1,009.00
Lithuania  $903.00
Russia  $657.00
Kazakhstan  $432.00
Georgia  $413.00
Belarus  $402.00
Armenia  $397.00
Azerbaijan  $299.00
Moldova  $288.00
Ukraine  $263.00
Kyrgyzstan  $204.00
Turkmenistan  $198.00
Uzbekistan  $177.00
Tajikistan  $120.00