Vardan Ghukasyan's son in custody

Several news sources report that Gumri mayor Vardan Ghukasyan’s son – Spartak Ghukasyan, has handed himself to authorities late last week. Spartak Ghukasyan had gone into hiding after apparently initiating a high profile shootout in the city center back in May. The incident, which involved the son of a Bargavach Hayastan (Prosperous Armenia) party member and injured several civilian bystanders, rocked the city and made headline news in the country. In what is to be…

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Too Many Pop-Stars in Armenia?

There are so many “pop-stars” in Armenia, that it is becoming hard to find ordinary people in this country – after all, we are only 3 million! While it all started with Artur Grigoryan’s Theatre of Song, it was ALM and Shant TV who spoiled Armenian music landscape once and for all. Yesterday I spent 5-6 minutes watching some kind of new music star show on Shant TV, and then another one on Armenia TV,…

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Following NKR Elections

Reactions are coming in on the presidential vote conducted in Nagorno Karabakh last week. Obvious positive responses coming from Armenia, with the president, prime minister and parliament speaker congratulating Bako Sahakyan with victory. Also in a predictable move international organizations and western states, particularly NATO, the EU and the US were quick to criticize the elections. Rudolf Perina, United States charge d’affairs in Armenia stated that the US, as any other country, does not recognize…

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Negative Trends of Negative Trade: Armeni'as foreign trade balance deficit made $838mln in January-June, 2007

The jumpy Caucasian Tiger – i.e. Armenia’s economy grew by 11,2% in January-June of 2007, according to Banks.am, and it looks as if life has gone for good to better, with average monthly salary increasing by 20.5% as compared to the same period of 2006, thus making 71344 drams. Somehow all these growth figures make me remember the Soviet times with impressive growth figures being reported each year, while people could hardly find anything in…

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