Comparative Chart of Campaign Donations Received by Each Party

While it was evident, that the ruling Republican party would get the biggest amount of donations, it is rather surprising to see, that “Zharangutyun” (Heritage) party, which is currently the smallest opposition party in the National Assembly, comes second by the amount of donations received, surpessing even “Bargavach Hayastan” (Prosperous Armenia) party lead by Armenia’s richest tycoon Gagik Tsarukian.
This is one of those cases when numbers talk.

# Political party or coalition Donations in AMD
1 Prosperous Armenia 54000000
2 Heritage 72797400
3 Armenian National Congress 4599000
4 Democratic Party 255000
5 Communist Party 1400000
6 Republican Party 77876780
7 Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) 23148000
8 United Armenian 490000
9 Rule of Law 22613400

Poll: Parliamentary Elections in Armenia

Since this is coming from Armnews TV, which is known to be linked with Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan, we can almost be sure, that his Republican party is pretty much content with getting 34 percent of the parliament seats, which will give them a clear majority in parliament if they also win most of the sits via majoritarian system, where in most cases Republican-backed oligarchs are contesting elections. Continue reading “Poll: Parliamentary Elections in Armenia”

Anna Arakelian wins the title of Miss Armenia 2012

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Anna Arakelian, a 20-year-old resident of Yerevan, was crowned Miss Armenia 2012 in the country’s first beauty contest in five years held on April 10. (A photo story by Karen Minasyan.)

Entry Level Professors Worth Only $405 in Armenia

A group of young academics have been demanding an increase to state subsidization of science and education in Armenia. They have created a Facebook group, organized a number of discussions to formulate and put forward their demands.
President of Armenia met the group last year and said instead of demanding an increase of funding, the young scientists should think of better utilizing the funding available to them already. This is surely, a valid statement.
However, a new article in New York Times adds a bit of perspective to the situation with state funding of science and education in Armenia.
According to NYT, Philip Altbach and his colleagues at the Center for International Higher Education have examined academic salaries, contracts and benefits in publicly funded universities in 28 countries, including Armenia. Continue reading “Entry Level Professors Worth Only $405 in Armenia”

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