Lilly Sargsyan wins ‘Miss Armenia 2017’ beauty contest

'Miss Armenia 2017' beauty contest took place at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Al. Spendiaryan in Yerevan, Armenia

‘Miss Armenia 2017’ beauty contest took place at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Al. Spendiaryan in Yerevan, Armenia | Photo by Photolure

After a 5-year break a beauty pageant was held again in Armenia. The title of “Miss Armenia 2017” was issued to Lilly Sargsyan. The 17-year-old will represent Armenia in the Miss World 2017 contest which will be held in China in November.

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TV host Felix Khachatryan, banned from Public TV for years, returns

TV host Felix Khachatryan, banned from Public TV for years, returns

TV host Felix Khachatryan, banned from Public TV for years, returns

After former PM Hovik Abrahamian’s fall from power, TV host, rapper Felix Khachatrian is allowed to return to the Public TV of Armenia as the host of the new program “Formula of Love” («Սիրո բանաձև»).

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Armenian Traffic Police have wearable cameras and they’re not afraid to use them

Portable cameras worn by Traffic Police officers in Armenia

Wearable cameras used by Traffic Police officers in Armenia

Armenian Traffic Police have been required to wear special surveillance cameras since June 2016. The cameras were introduced as part of the Government’s anti-corruption efforts [More info about cameras in this video]. A controversial incident on September 4th, which has caused a bit of uproar around the Armenian segment of the internet, has raised many questions about these cameras.

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Armenians Have The Strongest Opinions on Moral Issues in Eastern Europe

I came across this interesting info-graphic by RFE/RL on social views and morality in the Eastern European countries. What I found most startling, however, was just how unanimous are the views in Armenia: 96% disapprove drug use and prostitution, 98% disapprove homosexuality, 79% disapprove premarital sex. This is perhaps the result of having such a homogeneous society, 98.1% of the population are ethnic Armenians according to the latest population census.

Understandably, this creates a situation, where dissent is not tolerated. I remember the struggles I had in the 90’s, when I had long hair and a beard in highly conservative Gyumri. Luckily, this has changed a great deal now and men having long hair and beards are not fawned upon so badly anymore. Still, this info-graphic is truly disturbing to me, because it reveals lack of diversity and tolerance in the society.

Infographic on what people find morally wrong in Eastern Europe