Giving a bribe in Yerevan

SevanoDC has posted a video on Youtube of an attempt to get pulled over a give a bribe of 1000 drams to a police man: Alex and I driving in Yerevan. Alex was trying to get pulled over so I can record him giving a 1,ooo Dram bribe (about $2.50). Usually the cops pull him over for nothing, but this time he was running red lights and everything. We did not get pulled over but…

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Liberated Territories in Focus

The blogosphere is full of speculations about the seven regions in Azerbaijan currently under the control of Armenian and Karabakh forces, which are referred to as the “Liberated Territories”. This issue was also discussed by Onnik Krikoryan and Anaid1708 earlier. The new wave of discussions seem to have started at OpenArmenia forum, after which Kornelij Glas posted about the petition signed by a number of internet resources against the surrender of the liberated territories, saying,…

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May 28 – Republic Day – A Quiet Holiday

89 years ago this day Armenia declared independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic, thus forming Democratic Republic of Armenia. It was the first sovereign republic in the history of Armenia, however the holiday was not celebrated during Soviet times, and it only achieved consistency after the collapse of the USSR. (Wikipedia) Even though the republic was short lived, I am immensely proud for it, and I wish to join all and everybody celebrating May…

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Nagorno Karabakh Progress?

Now that the parliamentary elections are behind us the international community is once again turning to what is perpaps the number one problem in the regions – unresolved frozen conflicts and in particular, Nagorno Karabakh, says Onnik Krikoryan looking at the latest developments on way of conflict resolution examining RFE / RL, Today.az and Eurasia Daily Monitor. No surprise to discover that mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were in…

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"Hello God! The mayor of Gyumri speaking here…"

Sad and hilarious – the interview of the mayor of Gyumri on Shant TV on May 23rd was undoubtedly the single most sensational event of this week – even now, 3 days later it is one of main topics for discussion in the streets and blogosphere likewise. Uzogh, Narjan and Kornelij Glas seem to have enjoyed it most. The mayor, Vardan Ghukasyan spoke for about half an hour, making a complete fool of himself. It…

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GDP Per Capita in Armenia

Levon at Life in the Armenian Diaspora writes about coming to Yerevan and finding a jump in housing prices: What really amazes me is that the housing market is growing like crazy! Prices range from $50/day to $70/day. When I was in Yerevan during the summer of 05 I remember hearing that people were getting apartments for $35/day and even renting two room salons for $200/mth… two years have gone by and the prices have…

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Armenian air on sale

Reporter_arm reports about this new product in Yerevan souvenir shops: “Air of Armenia” on sale, sold for 1500 AMD, which is roughly equal to $4 US! I hope the RA government doesn’t take the hint 🙂 The product is available on sale online as well 🙂

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