Gagik Tsarukian, Armenia’s Trump, leading in Parliamentary Election Polls

Armenian Businessman, leader of “Tsarukian” bloc during pre-elecition campaign

At least two competing opinion polls have shown that Armenia’s richest businessman Gagik Tsarukian’s election bloc named “Tsarukian” after him, is leading the race for the April 2 elections with 40-41% rating.
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National Geographic portrayed Armenians as "respected artisans, scientists, and energetic merchants"

Old National Geographics map describing the people of the Soviet Union
Old National Geographics map describing the people of the Soviet Union

I came across this fascinating map (link to full-sized map) of the “People’s of the Soviet Union”, published by the National Geographic Magazine in February 1976, which offers a unique view into what the West thought of us, the Soviet’s at that time (and I wasn’t even born then). Continue reading “National Geographic portrayed Armenians as "respected artisans, scientists, and energetic merchants"”

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Freedom on The Net 2016 report, interactive map by Freedom House

Internet Freedom declines in Armenia

Freedom House published its “Freedom on the Net 2016” report on Monday. Armenia retained its position among the countries with free internet (the report covers June 2015 – May 2016), but its overall score declined by two points and the country came really close to the “partly free” category, which was mostly due to the police violence against journalists (including myself) during the #ElectricYerevan protests as well as the increased self-self-censorhip during the 4 day war with Azerbaijan in April 2016.  Continue reading “Internet Freedom declines in Armenia”

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