20:48 | September 19, 2018
Luys Alliance candidates vying for seats on the Yerevan Municipal Council made a campaign stop at Garegin Nzhdeh Square, presenting their vision for the Armenian capital to voters.
21:19 | September 18, 2018
In the shadow of a statue of General Andranik, and with the accompaniment of traditional Armenian song and dance, ARF candidates vying for a spot on the new Yerevan Municipal Council met with voters in the Armenian capital’s Malatia-Sebastia district.
17:23 | September 18, 2018
Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian, running for the post of Yerevan mayor, pressed the flesh today at a campaign rally in a small Yerevan park where a statute of the famous painter Martiros Sarian stands.
13:28 | September 6, 2018
Activists opposed to the Amulsar mine project gathered in front of the Government Building in Yerevan this morning, some dressed as endangered butterflies found on lands on the mine site.
01:44 | August 31, 2018
Hundreds of Yerevan residents and musicians turned out today to voice their solidarity with street musicians barred by the police from playing on Northern Boulevard in downtown Yerevan.
20:47 | July 4, 2018
All roads leading to the Amulsar mine site, located 170km south of Yerevan on the border between Vayots Dzor and Syunik provinces, have been closed for the past twelve days by activists opposed to the project. Residents of the nearby communities of Jermouk and Gndevaz take turns to man the four roadblocks day and night.
15:52 | May 29, 2018
Political, cultural and religious bigwigs rubbed shoulders today in Yerevan’s Republic Square to attend a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Armenian republic.
02:50 | May 13, 2018
It’s the second year that Yerevan Wine Days Festival was held in Yerevan. Part of Saryan street was closed for traffic for two days in the evenings, and thousands of people gathered here to taste some wine. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, together with his wife and children, also attended the wine festival.
01:00 | May 10, 2018
Unlike May 1 special session of the National Assembly, which lasted over eight hours, with hundreds of thousands of citizens following the session in the Republic Square from the morning, the session invited on May 8 was short: Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime minister with 59 votes for and 42 - against. Citizens, engaged in civil disobedience acts for weeks, celebrated the victory of their candidate all day long.
03:04 | May 3, 2018
Not elected Prime Minister at May 1 special session of the National Assembly, Nikol Pashinyan called on the people to ramp up their civil disobedience by blocking all roads, public transportation and the Zvartnots Airport.
02:52 | May 2, 2018
After the National Assembly voted 56-45 not to elect him prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan made his way to Yerevan’s Republic Square where tens of thousands of his supporters were following the confirmation hearing live, on large outdoor screens.
17:21 | April 23, 2018
Hot upon the heels of Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation as Armenian prime minister, police who had been patrolling Republic Square, the epicenter of the anti-government movement for the past two weeks, quietly boarded waiting buses and left.
18:16 | April 22, 2018
Despite the detention, and later, the arrest of Nikol Pashinyan and two other Yelk Alliance MPs, thousands took to the streets of the Armenian capital to voice their opposition to Serzh Sargsyan and his government.
23:45 | April 19, 2018
This evening’s rally in Yerevan’s Republic Square, the heart of the Armenia capital saw huge crowds voice their opposition to Serzh Sargsyan and his ruling Republican Party of Armenia.
01:22 | April 18, 2018
Thousands packed Yerevan’s Republic Square yesterday evening to hear Nikol Pashinyan and others talk about the protests, originally launched to prevent Serzh Sargsyan from Armenia’s new prime minister, but which have morphed into a movement designed to paralyze the normal functioning of the government.
19:09 | April 17, 2018
While Armenia’s National Assembly voted to elect Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s next prime minister, protesters continued to close off streets in downtown Yerevan and elsewhere.
11:28 | April 15, 2018
Citizens protesting against Serzh Sargsyan's likely election as the country’s next prime minister spent their second night at France Square, blocking all the entrances with benches and garbage bins.
02:43 | April 14, 2018
Civil Contract political party head Nikol Pashinyan, the driving force behind the movement to reject Sargsyan, called on citizens to join the protesters and shut down all downtown Yerevan.
18:05 | April 13, 2018
They wanted to confront Simonyan and charge him with turning the university into a tool used by Serzh Sargsyan and the ruling Republican Party of Armenia to “enslave students entering into adulthood”.
16:43 | November 15, 2017
Hundreds of university students demonstrated outside Armenia’s parliament today, while inside, MPs debated a bill on military service that would severely restrict the granting of draft deferments.
16:49 | November 13, 2017
Hundreds of university students took to the streets in Yerevan today to protest a government bill that would effectively do away with most draft deferments. Leaving from Yerevan State University, the students then marched to the State Medical University and the State Engineering University, calling on their counterparts to join them.
23:51 | September 14, 2017
The performance is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa di Requiem designed and staged by Paolo Micciche', and features 3-D installations displaying Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
22:10 | September 5, 2017
Artist Artur Sharoyan consulted with many individuals and organizations before organizing this live installation in Yerevan targeting a very sensitive issue in Armenia – the number of soldiers who have died, either during combat or in circumstances that remain suspect, ever since the 1994 Karabakh ceasefire went into effect.
20:45 | June 14, 2017
Collaborating with the Faculty of Biology of Yerevan State University, the institute deals with the plant world, plant evolution studies, the research of fossil plants, forestry studies, and other related issues.
23:21 | March 19, 2017
Hundreds of people again took to the streets of Yerevan to commemorate the death of Artur Sargsyan (the bringer of bread) on March 16 and to demand accountability from the government.Hundreds again took to the streets of Yerevan to commemorate the death of Artur Sargsyan (the bringer of bread) on March 16 and to demand accountability from the government.
17:43 | March 9, 2017
The village is on the border with Azerbaijan, and the couple is in sight of Azerbaijani snipers when carrying out their work as water givers. Working as shepherds is riskier still as they must.
00:51 | January 15, 2017
Before hitting the road for a few days of winter travel, you understand that wherever you go it will be colder than you are now. You prepare yourself. But, lo and behold, just when the city disappears behind a mountain or two, the sun magically appears and you don’t even feel like wearing sunglasses. You just want to soak up its warming rays.
23:37 | December 8, 2016
“Locomotive is the first literary journal of its kind in Armenia and the region. Primarily non-Armenian writers are represented in its pages. These writers will be connected to Armenia and their works will be presented for international recognition from Armenia,” said Arto Vaun, Director of CCW / Founding Editor of Locomotive.
03:26 | July 30, 2016
Yerevan’s St. Gregory the Illuminator Hospital was swamped with people injured in last night’s clashes between police and demonstrators near the site of the police building seized by the armed Sasna Dzrer group two weeks ago.
00:27 | July 21, 2016
Tensions erupted last night in Yerevan when demonstrators and police clashed at the security cordon set up around the police building seized by armed attackers on Sunday morning.
21:55 | April 7, 2016
Funeral services for 31year-old Haroutyun Abrahamyan, a sniper in the Artsakh Army killed on April 3 during fighting in Talish (Martakert), were held in his native village of Aregouni in Armenia’s Gegharkunik Province.
19:43 | April 4, 2016
Family, friends and the general public gathered today at St. Hovhannes Church in Yerevan’s Kond neighborhood for a requiem service for SasounMkrtchyan, a soldier killed on the Artsakh frontline two days ago.
17:06 | February 26, 2016
The shopkeepers told Hetq that business is way down at the market and that they can no longer pay the 150,000-200,000 monthly rents that get them just a few square meters of space.
13:30 | June 23, 2015
Seeing their path was blocked, the marchers decided to stage a sit-in then and there. Early this morning police moved in and forcibly removed hundreds of demonstrators with the aid of water cannons.
17:44 | October 21, 2014
Plastered by a street art group calling itself Hakaharvatz (Counter Strike), the image of the kissing couple has yet to be torn down, as is the case with other Counter Strike installations.
16:20 | October 21, 2014
A statement issued by the Pre-Parliament issued the same day says that Yenikomshian told the police, allegedly from the Criminal Investigation Division, that he was sightless.
19:26 | September 9, 2014
After the street art group Counter Strike hung a banner reading “Hello Rob” (referring to former Armenian president Robert Kocharyan) on the National Assembly’s main gate, an irate individual came out and tore down the banner.
17:52 | September 8, 2014
People from far and wide yesterday travelled to the village of Shnogh, in Armenia’s northern Lori Province, to take part in the “Hank or Gyank?” (Mines or Life?) honey and jam market.
16:16 | June 19, 2014
The “SOS Afrikyan Club Building” civic initiative continues to organize marches through the streets of downtown Yerevan to protest the dismantling of the historic Afrikyan building.
16:45 | June 18, 2014
A march is also planned for 7:30 pm today along the following route: Afrikyan building (11 Teryan St.) – Mashtots Ave. – Liberty Square – Sayat-Nova Ave. – Abovyan St. – Republic Square – Amiryan St. – Mashtots Ave. – Pushkin St. – Afrikyan building.
23:46 | June 9, 2014
Activists began to tear down the metal partitions erected around the Afrikyan house and erase the numbers on the stones. When they had almost completely torn down the sheets, police officers appeared on the scene, demanding an explanation. The activists said they are trying to save historical and culture values that are being destroyed.
22:02 | May 26, 2014
Long jumper Satenik Hovhannisyan, discus thrower Suren Khachatryan, and triple jumper Levon Aghasyan not only became champions in their sporting category, but also achieved the necessary results to secure the right to participate in the world youth championships.
20:11 | May 18, 2014
Youth discussions, visits to museums, installations, a walk through the city's old and new districts, film screenings, and that which was most anticipated for many — a concert by Armenian rock band Bambir in Gyumri's Theater Square: these were the events held in Armenia's second-largest city, Gyumri, to mark Europe Day this past weekend.
13:26 | May 13, 2014
Prior to French President François Hollande's arrival to Mashtots Park, Armenian police forcefully removed peaceful activists who had gathered at the park to protest a ceremony to rename the park after French national hero, French-Armenian poet Missak Manouchian.
01:24 | April 24, 2014
On the eve of the 99th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, throngs of people carrying lit torches made their way on foot from the center of Yerevan to the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex on a hill overlooking the Armenian capital to honor the 1.5 million innocent victims of the Medz Yegheren.
14:43 | April 9, 2014
Hundreds assembled outside the Ministry of Finance in Yerevan today to voice their opposition to the much maligned mandatory pension system, several clauses of which have been declared unconstitutional by Armenia’s Constitutional Court.
14:28 | April 2, 2014
A handful of demonstrators gathered outside the United States Embassy in Yerevan to raise public awareness regarding recent events in the Armenian populated community of Kesab, Syria.
11:37 | March 25, 2014
Opponents to unbridled and unsupervised mining in Armenia today staged an “Irresponsible Mining in Armenia Alter-Conference” outside Yerevan’s Marriott Hotel while a government backed conference on mining was taking place inside.
14:14 | March 20, 2014
Those opposed to the mandatory pension system recently introduced in Armenia organized a car convoy through the streets of Yerevan, using bullhorns to tell passersby about the mass rally/march set for Saturday at Liberty Square.
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15:31 | March 1, 2014
Hundreds of citizens are marching on the Presidential Palace in Yerevan demanding that the government finally expose and prosecute those responsible for the death of ten and wounding of scores of peaceful protesters on March 1, 2008.
17:15 | February 25, 2014
While the Armenian parliament was debating a bill to create an ad-hoc committee to review the problems plaguing the Nairit Rubber Plant, outside the gates, angry factory workers were demanding they be paid several months worth of back wages.
16:14 | January 10, 2014
Several hundred people marched through the streets in Yerevan today in defense of Shant Haroutyunyan, the political activist who attempted to stage a "revolution" with several followers in November 2013.
17:42 | December 23, 2013
Several hundred people assembled outside the gates of Armenia’s National Assembly today in opposition to a natural gas treaty with Russia that was up for ratification by MPs inside.
16:40 | December 17, 2013
Hundreds braved freezing temperatures to march on the Constitutional Court in Yerevan to protest the mandatory individual pension system scheduled to take effect on January 1.
00:00 | October 24, 2013
A bearded man getting on in years was sitting opposite me in the trolleybus. He was muttering something under his breath. He told me he had gotten a small role in a musical and was learning the lines.
12:58 | October 21, 2013
Activists protesting state sponsored discrimination and intolerance towards women and other minorities in Armenia, greeted participants as they entered Yerevan’s Marriott Hotel this morning for a conference entitled “Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Europe”
12:56 | October 19, 2013
Scores of pupils from border villages and towns in northern Armenia travelled to Yerevan to take part in the closing ceremony of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets’ EU funded SOS Culture project, on October 18 at the Ani Plaza Hotel.
16:47 | October 14, 2013
After spending two years in jail, Armenian National Congress (HAK) activist Tigran Arakelyan was released by Armenia’s Court of Appeals under provisions of a general amnesty recently passed into law.
15:38 | October 4, 2013
Varduhie Shapaghatyan, the mother of Aram Mughalyan, the young man who has been in pre- trial detention for six months on charges of hooliganism, showed up today at the Prosecutor General’s Office to deliver an official complaint about the mistreatment of her son.
20:02 | September 21, 2013
This afternoon, on Armenian Independence Day, a few thousand marchers took to the street in Yerevan in a civic initiative to reclaim Armenia’s independence and to voice their opposition to President Sargsyan’s recent announcement that the country intends to join the Russian-led Customs Union.
14:05 | September 19, 2013
Kiviryan told reporters gathered outside the Prosecutor’s Office that the entire affair is politically motivated given his active participation in various civic initiatives.
17:44 | September 18, 2013
Armenia's Criminal Appellate Court today rejected a motion to replace the pre-trial detention of Armenian National Congress (HAK) activist Tigran Arakelyan with a personal affidavit guaranteeing he would not flee the country.
13:42 | September 9, 2013
The father of of Avetik Budaghyan, who was killed in a shoot-out on June 1 near the home of former Syunik Governor Surik Khachatryan, told reporters today that the ensuing criminal investigation was pure window dressing on the part of certain top officials.
14:36 | August 30, 2013
A modicum of relative calm has returned to 5 Komitas Street in Yerevan, the site of recent clashes between protesters and police over the construction of a controversial high-rise building.
16:35 | August 27, 2013
Several hundred people marched on the Police Headquarters in Yerevan to protest the heavy-handed tactics of the cops during operations on August 24 to remove citizen activists who blocked traffic on Komitas Street.
16:27 | August 23, 2013
Activists converged on the Prosecutor General’s Office in Yerevan today in a show of solidarity for Tigran Arakelyan, a young HAK (Armenian National Congress) member sentenced to six years on charges of hooliganism and resisting arrest dating back to a August 2011 incident with police.
13:30 | August 21, 2013
Police were out in force this morning in a Komitas Street courtyard in Yerevan where local residents had attempted to block the entrance to a construction site slated for a high-rise building.
13:34 | August 12, 2013
Opposing tuition hikes that will come into effect this fall in some Armenia's public colleges, students and others staged a protest in from of the Government Building in Yerevan. The protestors are demanding that the proposed 30% tuition hikes be suspended.
14:47 | August 5, 2013
Today, the trial of four young political activists got underway at the Armenian Criminal Court of Appeals. The four activists are Tigran Arakelyan, Sarkis Gevorgyan, Davit Kiramijyan and Artak Karapetyan.
00:00 | July 27, 2013
Late last night, a group of activists gathered outside the Yerevan Municipality for a strategizing session. The activists announced that another such public discussion regarding future tactics would take place on Saturday at 8pm at Mashtots Park.
16:24 | July 26, 2013
Scores of activists gathered in front of the Yerevan Municipality this afternoon to demand the resignation of Transportation Department Head Henrik Navasardyan and Misak Hambardzoumyan, Director of Yerevan Trans Ltd.
14:03 | July 19, 2013
This morning a score of protesters pushed past police to sit down on the steps leading to the Yerevan Municipality to oppose transportation price hikes that go into effect tomorrow, Commuters using buses and minivans will have to pay 150 (36 U.S. cents) as opposed to 100 AMD, while trolleybus passengers will pay 100 (24 cents) as opposed to 50 AMD.
15:41 | July 4, 2013
Gagik Ginosyan, director of the Garin folk dance ensemble, told reporters today that Armenians should be more concerned with displaying their national customs and traditions, rather than giving priority to building hotels, if it wants to promote tourism.
15:40 | July 2, 2013
At a discussion today in Yerevan, de Waal said that while certain things are taking place around the conflict, sadly, internally nothing is being resolved and the process is even heading in the wrong direction.
14:33 | June 21, 2013
Naregatsi Art Institute and Melos LLC organized the unprecedented free admission event, its aim being to present the works of visual artists living in Armenia and Armenian contemporary music on its broad spectrum, from traditional art to folk songs, dances, spiritual songs, contemporary academic music, and jazz.
14:04 | June 17, 2013
Zarafyan called on the government to take practical and immediate steps before the water supply situation becomes irreversible in the valley, an area where much of the country’s fruits and vegetables are grown.
14:58 | June 14, 2013
Former Armavia Airlines employees have been periodically showing up at offices of the now bankrupt national carrier of Armenia ever since management promised to pay their back wages starting this past Monday.
10:38 | June 10, 2013
Association President Vahagn Levonyan, referring to the environmental aspects of the race, noted that the competition was dedicated to World Environment Day, which is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action.
14:14 | June 7, 2013
Irate vendors from the Hrazdan mall gathered today outside the Government Building in Yerevan to protest the fact that they have been forced to move from their former place of business and are banned from setting up shop elsewhere.
12:53 | May 27, 2013
Diaspora Student Council President Samvel Mkoyan told reporters today that according to preliminary survey results some 40% of Syrian-Armenian students face housing related problems.
12:20 | May 23, 2013
Ashot Mirzoyan, President of the Consumers’ Assistance Center, today told reporters that the only way to avoid a gas price hike would be for the nation en-masse to not pay their utility bills.
12:38 | May 21, 2013
Hrach Berberyan, president of the Village Agrarian Union, told reporters today that his organization estimates that recent hailstorms caused $35-40 million worth of damage to some 17-20,000 hectares of cropland in Armenia.
13:37 | May 17, 2013
Representatives of 47 rural communities whose plantings were wiped out in a recent hailstorm scoffed at government assistance proposals, labelling them as insufficient and ill-targeted.
13:42 | May 14, 2013
While speaking to reporters today about the sit-down protest that several Artsakh war vets launched two days ago in Yerevan’s Freedom Square, legal expert and depot battalion Colonel Varoujan Avetisyan said that while he wouldn’t participate in the protest, he did support it.
15:10 | May 13, 2013
IT specialist Samvel Martirosyan told reporters today in Yerevan that Armenia still lacks a culture of protecting personal information and pointed to the website of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) as proof.
15:33 | May 2, 2013
Environmentalist and Artsakh War vet Apres Zohrabyan expressed a number of concerns today regarding rumors that the Armenian government is planning to lease grazing lands in Syunik to Iran on a long-term basis.
13:29 | April 17, 2013
Heritage Party MP Zarouhie Postanjyan lambasted certain political forces that have been distributing condensed milk to voters in the run-up to the May 5 Yerevan municipal elections.
14:28 | April 11, 2013
"When I referred to my rights as enshrined in the Constitution, the police told me, ‘You can keep that constitution. It doesn’t interest us.’ That was the extent of their response.”
14:07 | April 11, 2013
"In Freedom Square, the provocations began when the cops told us not to sit on the steps of the pedestals of the statues. They gave no reason why we couldn't. They tried to incite passions but they failed,” Safaryan said.
13:17 | March 29, 2013
The internationally renowned Italian saxophonist Frederico Mandelchi will be performing with the Armenian State Chamber Orchestra on March 30 at the Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall.
14:58 | March 19, 2013
A group of activist students today told reporters that if their demand for the dismissal of Yerevan State University Rector’s Assistant Gevorg Melkonyan isn’t met by March 22, they will demand the resignation of Rector Aram Simonyan.
20:31 | March 4, 2013
A group of Raffi Hovannisian’s legal advisers today filed a petition with the RA Constitutional Court seeking to annul the official results of the February 18 presidential election.
14:46 | February 23, 2013
At a press conference today in Yerevan, Pre-Parliament civil initiative representative Jirayr Sefilian told reporters that they would do everything possible to sustain the energy of Raffi Hovannisian’s movement.
19:19 | February 19, 2013
Here are a few photos taken at Freedom Square, the site of Raffi Hovannisian's post election press conference. More than reporters showed up to hear what the Heritage Party candidate, who officially came in second place, had to say regarding yesterday's presidential election.
13:27 | February 14, 2013
Demonstrators assembled in front of the Armenian Government building in Yerevan to voice their opposition regarding any plan to lease pasture land in Armenia’s southern Syunik Province to Iranian sheepherders.
18:35 | February 11, 2013
Landmark preservation activist were out in force today raising the alarm about another Yerevan architectural gem being threatened by shoddy construction work nearby. Visitors to Yerevan have surely walked past the two-storey building housing the Armenian Society for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries (ASRFC) on Abovyan Street.
00:04 | February 10, 2013
In the given state of affairs there can be no objective discourse. Just look at what’s happened. I’ve been on hunger strike for twenty days and the media is merely covering my health. No one is discussing the issues I have raised.
17:05 | February 8, 2013
Artour Gevorgyan, who heads the Yerevan Municipality’s Public Affairs Unit, assured us that the dismantling was a temporary measure. A construction permit for a multi-residential complex was given to Aviatrans Ltd.
16:03 | February 5, 2013
Relatives of Gevorg Tosounyan, accused of participating in a fight resulting in the death of Grigori Papyan, staged a demonstration today outside the Prosecutor General’s Office in Yerevan demanding a fair trial.
16:01 | February 1, 2013
Vardan Devrikyan, Deputy Director of the Literature Institute in Armenia, adds his name to the list of public figures who believes that “foreign powers” are behind yesterday’s assassination attempt of presidential candidate Paryur Hayrikian.
14:02 | January 30, 2013
Supporters of the Yerevan-based daily newspaper Zhoghovourd, facing a 3 million AMD freeze of its assets, took to the streets carrying banners calling for justice and an end to the government’s repression.
14:12 | January 29, 2013
Today, the Freedom of Speech Defense Committee presented its review of 2011 dealing with violations directed against journalists. The review notes three cases of violations that took place during the May parliamentary elections and one that occurred in the local elections that followed.
12:58 | January 18, 2013
“I would like to believe in Ivanishvili’s sincerity and in the statements that he made in Armenia. However, we must take into account a number of negative and positive factors that exists independent of the prime minister’s will,” Sargsyan told reports in Yerevan today.
13:55 | January 14, 2013
Sedrakyan said that he would recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia if elected president, adding that he would do the same regarding Artsakh and even that of Nakhijevan.
14:19 | January 12, 2013
Haroutyunyan said that only Nikol Pashinyan had the right to be nominated from the Armenian National Congress (HAK), after Levon Ter-Petrosyan chose not to run. He said that MP Hrant Bagratyan should have resigned from the National Assembly before declaring his candidacy for president.
16:39 | December 21, 2012
Artur Sakounts, who heads the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly office in Vanadzor, stated today that a large percentage of human rights violations in Armenia’s military are the result of inadequate medical treatment.
15:04 | December 15, 2012
Karineh Danielyan, a member of the Yerevan Municipality’s Urban Construction Advisory Council’s Environmental Committee, lamented the fact that proposals submitted by environmental activists have been lost, collecting dust somewhere in the archives of the mayor’s office.
17:02 | December 13, 2012
Heritage Party representative Styopa Safaryan today stated that the decision of Prosperous Armenia Party head Gagik Tsarukyan not to run for president would lead to greater voter apathy and thus open the door for more election fraud.
15:02 | December 11, 2012
Hakob Sanasaryan, President of Armenia’s Green Union, has pulled out of the presidential commission set up in 2008 to analyze the problems facing Lake Sevan and to draft proposals to resolve them.
13:20 | November 28, 2012
“I have frequently declared that when the territorial integrity of Artsakh is recognized and when Armenians have the right to return to their historic homeland, then those Azerbaijanis who wish to do so can return to their former homes in Artsakh,” Hovannisian clarified.
13:47 | November 23, 2012
Environmental activists are demanding that the Ministry of the Environment cancels the recent employment tender for the vacant post of director of the Khosrov Forest State Reserve.
14:30 | November 12, 2012
When we disembarked from the van, I asked the girl who she was. She replied that she would tell me but first asked where the painting class was being held. I told her on Pushkin Street near the Art Institute. She told me to wait and went to talk to a man who later turned out to be a policeman. I approached and overheard the cop saying ‘we’ll take her to the salt mine.’
23:52 | November 3, 2012
Environmental activists gathered at Yerevan’s Mashtots Park today to collect signatures for a petition demanding that Armenia’s Ministry of the Environment, its minister and staff, be called to account for the government’s poor track record when it comes to protecting and preserving the country’s environment.
19:22 | November 2, 2012
Sousanna Ter-Sahakyan resides on the same street as Mrs. Aghajanyan. She frequently stops by to see how the senior is getting along. Sousanna even hired an attorney to retrieve Mrs. Aghajanyan’s documents from the state archives.
13:12 | November 2, 2012
During a brief meeting with reporters today, Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian stated that he would only stand as a candidate for the Armenian presidency once and that he’d subsequently launch a civil struggle.
15:20 | October 30, 2012
Khudyan, in his statement, laments the fact that he has not been able to pursue his legal case in Armenia’s court system and that his so-called business partners in Armenia are protected by top ranking officials in government.
14:30 | October 23, 2012
Several public commentators in Armenia criticized the significance of the recent Yerevan-Erebouni festivities, calling them financially wasteful and void of true cultural significance.
13:48 | October 22, 2012
Summing up his organization’s 3rd quarter report regarding the state of freedom of speech in Armenia, Committee for the Defense of Freedom of Speech President Ashot Melikyan noted that while there had been less assaults on reporters this year than last, Armenia still has a long road to go.
12:27 | October 16, 2012
Tigran Atanesyan, lawyer for embattled Civilitas Founder and former Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian, told reporters today that he had no illusions that the Armenian courts would give his client a fair shake.
13:37 | October 15, 2012
At a press conference today in Yerevan, Davit Gasparyan claimed that a book he has edited containing the heretofore unpublished works of Yeghishe Charents has been seized by the Armenian government.
15:10 | October 11, 2012
Irate residents of the village of Getahovit converged on the Ministry of the Environment in Yerevan to protest the fact that they haven’t had drinking water for the past twenty days.
13:30 | October 6, 2012
The Armenian analyst is sure that carried out in the name of integration in Georgia is the gradual process of Armenians being absorbed into the dominant culture, but the non-Georgian peoples living in Georgia — Armenians and Turks — don't combine their efforts to oppose this process because they don't have friendly relations with each other. According to Shirinyan, Georgians know this and use this to their advantage.
13:46 | October 5, 2012
"Of course a cultural center in [Yerevan's] Republic Square would be desirable, but if we [have to] make a choice between a hotel and a state department, then, without a doubt, it would be better for there to be a hotel instead of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — on the condition that the exterior architectural appearance of the building is preserved," said Ruben Babayan, the artistic director of the Yerevan State Puppet Theatre named after Hovhannes Tumanyan, meeting with journalists today and expressing his views on turning the foreign ministry building into a hotel.
12:46 | October 2, 2012
Lawyers for Vardan Oskanian, the former Armenian foreign minister facing embezzlement charges, stated today at a press conference that the case against their client lacked anything resembling professional jurisprudence.
14:32 | September 26, 2012
A group of environmentalist held a press conference today to protest the planned construction of a Komitas Museum in the pantheon/park of the same name. They say that the memorial park in Yerevan, where the graves of numerous Armenian notables including Komitas Vardapet are located, will suffer as a consequence.
12:38 | September 20, 2012
Artsakh army commander Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan told reporters today that while the state of the Armenian military has greatly improved in the past 21 years since independence, its positive aspects are overshadowed by the much more publicized negative ones.
19:29 | September 19, 2012
Today marks Civil Society day in Yerevan and, according to tradition, a program was held in Lovers’ Park to raise awareness of the importance of civic participation within the mainstream public.
13:33 | September 19, 2012
Mesrobian reminded members of the lcal press that religious tolerance has always been the hallmark of Syrian society, with Muslims and Christians living side by side in peace for centuries. He noted that this is particularly true in Aleppo, with its diverse mix of peoples and religions.
15:35 | September 18, 2012
Some 2,600 volunteers in Armenia, backed by the financial support of 50 organizations, collected and sorted over 600 cubic meters of trash in an effort to raise public awareness of the litter problem in Armenia.
15:16 | September 13, 2012
Residents of the rural community of Yenokavan say they will demonstrate in the village square on Saturday to voice their opposition to a mini-hydro electric plant now being constructed in their midst.
13:35 | August 30, 2012
More than 80 NGOs in Armenia have signed a petition opposing the possible extradition of Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani army officer who murdered Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan during a NATO military exercise in Hungary in 2004.
13:35 | August 22, 2012
Many vacationers off to Sevan for a bracingly cold dip in the mountain lake should know that most of the beaches along the shore have been either fully or partially public for a few years now.
16:32 | July 19, 2012
Syrian-Armenians and their supporters rallied today in front of the Government Building in Yerevan calling for greater assistance on a national level to those Armenians fleeing Syria and wishing to relocate in Armenia.
13:05 | July 5, 2012
“If I didn’t comment about it I’d only be deceiving myself. I don’t agree that it was a product of a bad upbringing or stupidity. Something has gone wrong in our system and it’s gotten to a breaking point. There will certainly be repercussions,” Petrosyan said.
12:38 | July 4, 2012
Carrying a variety of banners and placards, the demonstrators also attempted to get the message across to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who was leaving the parliament after addressing the legislature.
13:36 | July 2, 2012
Samvel Karapetyan: We are a nation that has barely survived and do not have the right to kill members of this current generation. If this trend continues, we will not last for long, another 100 years maximum.
15:06 | June 28, 2012
Haykuhi Gevorgyan, Director of the Youth Professional Orientation Centre, told reporters that the jobs most in demand today in Armenia are chiefs, retailers and the IT sector professionals.
12:38 | June 28, 2012
Ara Babloyan, who heads the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Health Care, Maternity and Childhood, told reporters today that a majority of Armenian citizens would be covered by universal health insurance in the next 5-10 years.
12:35 | June 13, 2012
Samvel Karapetyan, a noted specialist in the preservation of Armenian cultural monuments, told reporters that Azerbaijan is destroying everything in the northern Artsakh district of Shahoumyan (now under Baku’s control) that testifies to an Armenian presence on those lands.
13:34 | May 16, 2012
Hayrikian stated that even if he were to become president, nothing would change, since power rests in the hands of the parliamentary majority; more specifically, the leader of that party.
14:35 | May 10, 2012
Yesterday evening, unidentified men swopped down and whisked away Artavazd Vardanyan, who had been staging a 7 day hunger strike outside the offices of the Central Electoral Commission.
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