A Facebook user detained on pretext of “endangering national security” in Armenia

A Facebook user detained on pretext of “endangering national security” in Armenia

A Facebook user, who recently came to the center of public attention for posting misinformation under the pseudonym Դիանա Հարությունյան (Diana Harutyunyan) has been detained by the National Security Service of Armenia, after Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the user’s posting a threat to national security. The Facebook account in question seems to be deleted by now. Last time I accessed it, the account’s About section made it clear that it is a sarcastic…

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Presidential 'hotline' to act against 'false information' in Armenia

Public relations and information center of the President’s Administration has launched a ‘Hot-line’ service aimed at collecting data on cases of misinformation and falsifications of facts related to Armenia and Armenians from the internet and various other open sources of information. The service will also look for “violations of the right to receive reliable information with the objective of taking action to eradicate such violations”. “Dissemination of inaccurate, partial, false information and misinformation, formation of…

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Armenia plans measures to beef up cyber security

Armenian authorities have unveiled details of the National Concept on Information Security, which would, in theory, enable the National Security Service read all private mail sent and received in Armenia. I’ve higlighted the paragraph, which caused special concern. Mediamax — Yerevan, 30 April:  The Armenian government approved today a number of legislative amendments, proceeding from the Concept on Information Security that was approved on 26 April. The head of the Armenian National Security Service (NSS),…

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Scammers not aware of Western Union closure in Armenia?

Many Armenians received a SPAM email message today from someone called Inessa Gabayan, who claims she’s been robbed and asks for money. The ironic thing though, is that Western Union is banned in Armenia! So you see, all those efforts are in vain, dear scammers! Nobody would be able to send you anything even if they wanted to! Read my blog from time to time next time you attempt such a dumb scam 🙂 Here’s…

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Opposition leader predicts “humanitarian crisis” in Armenia

Citing major challenges faced by Armenia due to looming economic crisis and strained regional ties, opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian on Sunday addressed a rally to mark first anniversary of the 2008 post-election clashes in Yerevan, saying he’ll have to “disappoint” radically minded supporters and rejected call for “decisive action” for the time being.

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There's something in the air…

As one year anniversary of March 1, 2008 deadly clashes between the opposition protesters and military police forces looms closer, there’s growing tension in the society. Police and opposition mutually warned each other today not to stir further tension. Major-General Alik Sargsian, chief of the national police, made clear that the police will not try to disperse thousands of people who are expected to rally on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the 2008…

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Did Turkish defense company sell equipment to Armenia?

The Armenian police have denied a Turkish newspaper report that they are seeking to buy Turkish-made water cannons and other crowd control equipment. “Hurriyet” carried a report on Wednesday that the Turkish company ‘Nurol Machinery and Industry” is negotiating with Armenian authorities over the possibility to sell vehicle-mounted water cannons to Armenia. “Armenia contacted us. Talks have been going on for some time now,” according to Hurriet, the Nurol Machinery’s deputy general manager of marketing, Tanju…

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Armenian army ranks 68 in Global Military Rating

Armenia ranks 68th in rating of armies of the world according to the Press.ge news portal. According to the same source Georgia ranks 94th, Azerbaijan 83-rd. The Georgian news source has extracted the data using the Strategypage. I tried quite hard to find this information at the source, but was unable to. However, the information is interesting, although – not very reliable. If this is too, it would be just incredible, that Armenia is so…

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Pamphlet: "Why judges are afraid, but aren't stupid…"

In the magic land of Armenia, the legal order was proving its efficiency. Trials of law-breakers were proceeding so fast no one could keep track of them. Not even judges. They could hardly keep order in their courtrooms but they were intent on keeping order in the country. This time the magic had become more magical than ever. Not a single law enforcement officer had broken the law. On the contrary, order had been disrupted…

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