Arsen Kharatyan Beaten

Arsen Kharatyan, one of the leaders of the Sksela and Hima youth movements was beaten today.   His sister, Lusine, says that someone phoned Arsen to arrange an interview. However, when Arsen Kharatyan reached the location for the interview there was no one. Nevertheless, he decided to wait and someone hit him from behind before proceeding to beat him.   Although his condition is considered satisfactory, Arsen Kharatyan is still hospitalized in the Grigor Lusavorich medical centre. 

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Happy Republic Day!

May 28th is the Republic Day. The first Armenian Republic was created in 1918. It was short lived, lasted only two years – but it was ours, and it was the first attempt to regain statehood after several hundred years without it. Today we live in the third Republic – and this day is also the day of this 3rd – new, but already 17 year’s old republic. Let’s be careful, so we don’t blow…

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Armenian NGOs, GONGOs and the plans to establish a Public Chamber

Discussions around the possibility of creating a Public Chamber in Armenia, like the one established in the Russian Federation, have been going on for more then a year now. For the Armenian case, it is assumed, that such a body would bring together mostly NGOs, but also businessmen, known public figures, etc. However, considering the huge number of registered NGOs in Armenia, there is no doubt, that such a Public Chamber would basically mean a…

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Armenian authorities plan to deport Karabakh war hero

In a note sent out on May 23rd, the committee for support of Jirayr Sefilyan and Vardan Malkhasyan informed the public, that the Armenian police have officially applied to court with a request to sanction deportation of the commander of Karabakh commander, Lebnese Armenian Jirar Sefilyan, who was arrested on December 9, 2006 and again on August 6, 2007, on charges of possessing an illegal firearm, and was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, along with…

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Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Final Results

The much talked about Eurovision song contest is finally over, Armenian Eurovision Fan blog has posted the final results. Armenia won the 4th position, which is a notable improvement from the previous two contests we took part in, with both Andre in 2006, and Hayko in 2007 getting the 8th position. 1. Russia – 272 2. Ukraine – 230 3. Greece – 218 4. Armenia – 199 5. Norway – 182 6. Serbia – 160…

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Blog Roundup: The sad tale of robberies, bribe and blasphemy

Armenian bloggers reported terrible stories of robberies, bribe and blasphemy last week. Among some of the noteworthy posts were Nazarian’s post about shutting down the “Parisian cafe” on Abovyan street, Alefalef‘s discovery, that Beeline is double charging for March and April – thus, technically, robbing its customers, and Athanatoi‘s report, about continuous Georgian attempts to convert Armenian churches in Georgia into “old Georgian’ churches, and the recent case with Surb Norashen Church in Tbilisi –…

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Human rights activist Mika Danielyan attacked by former leader of ultra-right party

Upon hearing the news, that there’s been an attack on the head of Armenia’s Helsinki Association Mikael Danielyan, my first reaction was, that it must be related to his interview to A1plus yesterday, where the breave human right’s activist was criticizing the activities of the Armenian law enforcement bodies in addressing the demands of the PACE Resolution 1609, related to the release of “political prisoners”, and noting, that the Armenian authorities are following the example…

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Sirusho made it to the Eurovision 2008 Final

The good news is we made it to the final, and Sirusho will be singing 5th. The bad news is – our girl was definitely in a bad shape during the first semi-final. We all know Sirusho is beautiful – so can someone please explain who on earth decided to do THAT to her hair? Coming to the dance – she started up with two guys holding her feet, so Sirusho would lean forward –…

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Armenia will survive the global food crisis

While the global food crisis has already caused serious riots and protests around the world with sometimes tragic casualties, Armenia seems to be safe so far, and in the perspective we will be able to feed ourselves throughout the period of global starvation which is predicted to last till 2015. At this point Armenia is able to produce 100% of 780 thousand tons of potatoes consumed here annually, according to the data from the Armenian…

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