Trial of Armenian opposition figures in deadlock

The seven prominent opposition figures, arrested in conjunction with the violence on the streets of Yerevan that erupted after Armenia’s February 2008 presidential election, were ordered out of courtroom as the defendants refused to stand up and respect the judge. The hearing was postponed for the 5th time. Citing “disrespect to the court” the judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan ordered the 7 defendants out and postponed the trial for the 5th consecutive time since the trial began…

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FIFA: Fair Play for Armenia, Turkey

The FIFA Fair Play Award for 2008 has gone to the Football Associations of Armenia and Turkey for their part in encouraging dialogue between two countries which otherwise do not have any form of diplomatic relationship. On 6 September 2008, the President of Turkey, Abdula Gul, spent eight hours in Yerevan, on the invitation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsian, in order to attend the two countries’ encounter in a qualifier for the 2010 FIFA World…

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Transit of Russian gas to Armenia to resume fully today

Russian gas deliveries to Armenia via a pipeline passing through the territory of Georgia, which were suspended on Friday due to repair works, will resume to full capacity today. RFE/RL learned yesterday from Armenia’s national gas distribution company, ArmRosGazprom (ARG), that repair works of the Ghazakh-Sagoramo 1000 millimeter pipeline in the territory of Georgia are nearly complete. “According to our information the works are nearly complete and according to preliminary data gas deliveries to Armenia…

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