12:18 | September 4, 2018
The roundtrip student buses were cut on September 1, the first day of school, in response to complaints lodged by Galaktika Trans Service, the private company that now plies the route between the town of Armavir and Yerevan with its minivans.
11:19 | August 23, 2018
The Armenian government today approved the allocation of 98 million drams ($US 203,100) from its reserve fund in order to ensure the remuneration of civil servants registered in the short-term personnel reserve of the Prime Minister's staff.
14:11 | August 16, 2018
Special Investigative Service (SIS) Chief Sasun Khachatryan today reaffirmed his pledge that all those linked to the post-election protests of March 1, 2008 will be questioned, including former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.
11:30 | August 16, 2018
“We’ve the normal functioning of the country and the continuation of economic development during the revolutionary period,” Pashinyan said, noting that this was the primary issue facing his administration after assuming power in May.
13:23 | August 10, 2018
In January of this year, the Ministry of Emergency Situations told Hetq that it had reached an agreement with the company operating the lift allowing the safety agency to inspect the lift within the month.
23:23 | August 3, 2018
Armen Gevorgyan, a former Armenian deputy prime minister, has been charged with illegally pressuring Constitutional Court Judge Valery Poghosyan in 2008 to validate the presidential election win of Serzh Sargsyan.
11:50 | August 3, 2018
Henrik Abrahamyan (brother of Armenia’s former prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan) uses the reservoir to grow fish and has barred residents from entering the site for the past three years.
15:06 | July 27, 2018
Armenia’s Special Investigative Service yesterday interviewed Armen Gevorgyan in conjunction with the ongoing investigation of the March 1-2, 2008 public protests in Yerevan that claimed the lives of ten individuals.
16:06 | July 24, 2018
Vachagan Ghazaryan, Serzh Sargsyan’s former security staff chief, who has been charged with “illegal enrichment” was released today from pretrial detention after paying one billion drams ($2.079 million) in bail.
11:42 | July 11, 2018
On May 5, the Yerevan Municipality signed a AMD 797 million ($1.652 million) road repair contract with a company, which, according to Hetq sources, is owned by a relative of Republican Party of Armenia MP Ashot Arsenyan.
11:21 | July 10, 2018
The council, proposed by Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Maneh Tandilyan, will be tasked with drafting a comprehensive government policy regarding domestic violence that will propose new legislation and conduct greater public information on the matter.
11:23 | July 4, 2018
The Armenian government will allocate AMD 2.5 million to the Armavir Provincial Government, of which 1.5 million will be spent to renovate the high school in Nor Kesaria, and the remainder to repair the roof of the cultural center in Haykavan.
15:14 | June 28, 2018
Vazgen Galstyan, one of the activists blocking the roads to Amulsar for the past six days, told Hetq that he received a letter to this effect yesterday from the legal agency representing Lydian Armenia.
12:26 | June 28, 2018
The ministry, in turn, reported that the equipment to be imported (LED stage lights, projectors and accessories) were for entertainment purposes and thus not eligible for a tax exemption.
17:30 | June 25, 2018
Armenia’s Special Investigative Service has told Hetq that Nazik Amiryan, wife of MP Manvel Grigoryan, will be arrested on charges that on June 16, 2018 she gave the order to fill up two cars with 2,980 cans of meat marked for “army use only” stored at the Yerevan offices of the Yerkrapah Union of Volunteers and drive them away.
10:24 | June 25, 2018
A handful of people earlier today blocked the main entrance to the Yerevan Municipal Building, demanding that law enforcement investigate press allegations of corruption and embezzlement of government funds levied against Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan and his administration.
16:40 | June 20, 2018
Armenian police yesterday raided the home of Manvel Grigoryan’s brother-in-law Petros Amiryan, who heads the Avan branch of the Yerkrapah Union of Volunteers (YUV), and found a variety of arms and ammunition.
13:23 | June 20, 2018
Marina Ohanjanyan, Press Secretary of the Special Investigative Service, told Hetq that a friend of Manvel Grigoryan was arrested yesterday, also on a charge of illegal arms possession, but refused to identify the individual.
13:53 | June 18, 2018
Small-scale dairy farmers, irate over the low milk prices being offered by wholesalers, brought their protest to the center of Yerevan today, parking their trucks, loaded with several tons of milk, outside the Government Building.
13:30 | June 12, 2018
Workers at the Lusakert Poultry Plant, in the Kotayk community of Nor Geghi, have temporarily called off their strike to protest the firing of sixty company employees over the past few days.
13:50 | June 6, 2018
Mirzoyan promised to discuss the issue with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the government in an attempt to find a quick solution to the matter. Mirzoyan told the demonstrators that he’d need 25 days to organize the inspections.
16:48 | June 5, 2018
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is scheduled to meet today with demonstrators who have blocked the road leading to the Amulsar gold mine located 170km south of Yerevan on the border between Vayots Dzor and Syunik provinces.
10:54 | June 1, 2018
The waiver on US$1.475 worth of equipment to be shipped from Turkey and Uzbekistan, was first issued on April 5, but documentation problems cropped up during transit and the original decision had to be modified.
19:44 | May 25, 2018
In 2017, the Armenian government awarded its largest contract, in the amount of AMD 1.873 billion, to the Arpa-Sevan company owned by Republican Party of Armenia MP Hakob Hakobyan, who chairs the parliament’s Standing Committee on Health Care and Social Affairs.
10:04 | May 22, 2018
Activist Ani Hovhannisyan told the packed room and the panel, comprised of seven Armenian and international environmental and sustainable development specialists, that she and other concerned Armenian citizens would never allow Lydian International to go ahead with the Amulsar project.
12:14 | May 16, 2018
Several activists who had assembled outside the Yerevan Municipal Building to protest what they label as the uncalled-for destruction of trees in a strip of land between Italy and Beirut streets in downtown Yerevan, forced their way inside later in the day and called on Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan to resign.
13:25 | May 11, 2018
The five-year project will be undertaken by the IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) charitable foundation run by Ruben Vardanyan at an estimated cost of AMD 15.682 billion (US$32.2 million).
12:55 | May 5, 2018
The press has periodically written about Azizyan’s heavy handed tactics at the school – dismissing teachers without cause, campaigning for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, getting parents to pay for school items, etc.
20:07 | May 4, 2018
Hovhannisyan is especially irked by the attitude of local residents who try to justify their illegal logging by arguing that it puts food on the table for their kids. He says the majority doesn’t understand the damage being done.
17:19 | May 3, 2018
The Armenian government has again granted an import tax waiver to ABC Textile, a company owned by Astghik Aleksanyan, daughter of Armenian businessman and member of parliament Samvel Aleksanyan, and the sons of former Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Reserves Arthur Nazaryan.
14:25 | May 3, 2018
“The young people are well organized. They don’t wait to be told what to do,” said Siranoush, adding that volunteers and municipal employees are working together to clean the square.
09:23 | May 2, 2018
Protesters used cars to bloc Yerevan’s Kievyan Bridge to traffic, thus heeding the call made by Nikol Pashinyan yesterday to ramp up civil disobedience after the National Assembly failed to elect him prime minister.
13:42 | April 24, 2018
After Serzh Sargsyan resigned as prime minister on April 23, thousands gathered in Republic Square to celebrate the end of Sargsyan’s ten-year rule. After the celebration, people decided to go and clean the square at around 11am today.
18:33 | March 26, 2018
On March 14, the Yerevan Municipality signed a contract with Akada Print LLC, a company owned by Alita Adamyan, the daughter of Kamo Adamyan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Justice.
12:23 | March 22, 2018
Armenia’s National Assembly will convene a special session tomorrow to debate modifications and amendments to several laws, including “The Law on State Awards and Meritorious Titles”, “The Law on Referendums”, “The Law on State Fees”, “The Law of Foreign Nationals”, and the Law on Television and Radio”.
12:05 | March 22, 2018
Armenia’s government will pay AMD 421million (US$ 877,000) to a company to stage a concert in Yerevan commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia and the battles of Sardarapat, Bash Abaran and Karakilisa.
18:04 | March 6, 2018
Minister of Finance Vardan Aramyan, who proposed the allocation, stated that he SIC, a government agency founded in 2016, is playing an important role in drafting and implementing projects designed to effect significant long-term reforms in the spheres of state governance, the tax system, tourism, agriculture and education.
14:02 | March 2, 2018
In a February 23, 2018 article, Hetq revealed that Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan had signed a one- time monetary award decree on December 20, 2017 to “encourage municipality employees for their good work”, but that the total amount of money and the number of awarded employees wasn’t clear.
16:22 | March 1, 2018
A-S Investments, a company that last week purchased a 10.3-hectare piece of land in Yerevan once owned by the Nairit 2 CJSC, plans to build a hotel, business center, manufacturing plant and freight truck garage on the site.
12:30 | March 1, 2018
Armenian Minister of Health Davit Harutyunyan today submitted a proposal to create a state non-profit medical center that would focus on providing adequate medical care for those incarcerated in the country’s jails and prisons.
12:52 | February 22, 2018
Armenia will spend AMD 618 million (US$1.285) on events marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Republic of Armenia and the battles of Sardarapat, Karakilisa and Bash Abaran.
20:20 | February 8, 2018
Despite the grandiose promise made by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to grow the country’s population to four million by 2040, official stats show a continuing decrease in numbers.
11:33 | January 11, 2018
Those caught setting off fireworks in Yerevan without official permission will be fined AMD 1 million (US$ 2,060) if a proposal made by Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan is passed.
11:55 | December 21, 2017
Proposed by Minister of Economic Development and Investments Souren Karayan, the tax break allows the company to import technological equipment and their components without paying import customs tax.
18:36 | December 6, 2017
According to a new report of poverty published by Armenia’s National Statistical Service (NSS), those with college degrees are two times less likely to be poor than those with just a high school degree.
17:18 | November 16, 2017
The Armenian government will distribute a total of AMD 58 million (approx.$119,000) amongst the four political factions represented in the parliament, in addition to the Armenian Rebirth political party.
17:06 | November 2, 2017
The data shows that 27,655 births were registered in January-September 2017; the smallest number in the past three years. The number is 3,000 less than the same period in 2015.
12:59 | October 12, 2017
Ashot Manukyan, the country’s energy minister says that the bloc is being taken off-line so that the operating company HAEK CJSC (Armenian Atomic Power Plant) can more effectively begin work to modernize unit 2 of the plant, permitting it to operate until 2027.
18:31 | September 2, 2017
Armenia's GDP grew by 5.5% in the first half of 2017. In contrast, the construction volume in the country in the first seven months of 2017 decreased by 9% compared to the same period in 2016, this according to figures recently published by the National Statistical Service.
19:06 | August 30, 2017
Hetq contacted MP Iveta Tonoyan, Tsarukyan’s press spokesperson twice on the matter. She promised to speak to Mayor Poghosyan and then get back to us in two hours. We never heard from her.
17:41 | August 12, 2017
The Yerevan Municipality has granted the building contractor permission to temporarily remove the statute during construction, with the stipulation that it be reinstalled at the same location. This reporter visited the site. The statute was still there, covered by plastic sheeting, while work progressed all around.
17:08 | July 31, 2017
Narek Mantashyan, recently dismissed as the head of the Armenian Gogovan border checkpoint with Georgia, has refuted the claim made by the government that he had officially tendered his resignation.
12:38 | July 27, 2017
1,600 uninterrupted power supply units, used to organize Armenia’s parliamentary election and the Yerevan Municipal Council elections last year, will be distributed to various state agencies.
17:34 | July 20, 2017
Green Farmer LLC, owned by the sons of Vardan Haroutyunyan, head of the State Revenue Committee (SRC), has been granted a three-year import tax and VAT exemption by the Armenian government.
12:18 | July 20, 2017
Armenia’s government today approved a plan to organize the country’s transportation systems on an integrated schedule basis that would allow for efficient travel from the remotest village to the capital Yerevan.
12:00 | July 13, 2017
Citizens of Armenia and Moldova can now travel back and forth between their two countries without visas if their travel documents (passport, etc.) still has three months before expiring.
17:29 | June 21, 2017
During an Armenian parliamentary debate today on a bill outlining the country’s economic development agenda for 2017-2022, Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Davit Lokyan told MPs that lopsided economic development in Armenia was a major issue to be tackled.
16:45 | June 21, 2017
During today’s Armenian parliamentary debate today on a bill outlining the country’s economic development agenda for 2017-2022, Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan accused Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan of being appointed to the post solely to allow Serzh Sargsyan to remain in power.
12:55 | June 15, 2017
Armenian Minister of Justice Davit Harutyunyan told reporters today that he’ll be implementing gradual, but continuing steps, to do away with the roots of corruption and bribery within the country’s court system.
19:24 | June 12, 2017
That incident occurred on July 1, 2012, when Lieutenant Colonel Vardan Samvelyan, deputy commander of a Yerevan unit attached to the defense ministry, attempted to blow up the Harsnakar Restaurant owned by Ruben Hayrapetyan, a ruling Republican Party of Armenia MP.
11:41 | June 7, 2017
Among more mundane matters, MPs debated a controversial bill designed to privatize several state- owned facilities at today’s special session of Armenia’s National Assembly convened by the government.
15:48 | June 1, 2017
Responding to a Hetq article that Kotayk provincial authorities had failed to remove garbage from the road leading to the village of Dzoraghbyur, Armenia’s Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development has written that the trash has been disposed of, sending photos to confirm the claim.
12:08 | May 20, 2017
When asked to comment on the common perception in Armenia that bribery in the electoral system is endemic, Hrach Tovmasyan, nominated by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia to head the newly formed State-Legal and Human Rights Protection Standing Committee of the Armenian parliament, said that to have clean elections the public’s political and legal quality levels must be raised.
13:34 | May 19, 2017
100 out of Armenia’s 105 MP parliament today elected Edward Sharmazanov and Arpineh Hovhannisyan (from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia), and Mikayel Melkoumyan (Tsarukyan Alliance) as deputy speakers of the new National Assembly.
16:26 | May 16, 2017
Argam Abrahamyan, son of the former Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, who was elected to parliament on April 2, announced today on his Facebook page that he's stepping down as mayor of Artashat in order to assume his parliamentary mandate.
14:53 | May 15, 2017
Nikol Pashinyan, whose Yelk Alliance came in a distant second in yesterday’s election for Yerevan’s municipal council, told reporters today that he was headed to take his seat in the parliament, even though he was high enough on the Yelk ticket to secure a spot on the council.
11:24 | May 11, 2017
China will donate 100 million Yuan (some US$14.5 million) to Armenia towards the purchase of medical emergency vehicles and to facilitate discussion on other programs to spur cooperation between the two countries in the charitable and techno-economic sectors.
12:19 | April 25, 2017
Scores of Yerevan market business owners, claiming that tax inspectors are harassing them, have assembled in Yerevan’s Republic Square this afternoon and are waiting to meet with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.
10:47 | April 12, 2017
Police in the town of Ijevan say they are investigating news circulated by a bunch of hikers that healthy trees have been chopped down along the road leading to the Ashot Yerkat (Iron Ashot) fort in Armenia’s Tavoush Province.
13:28 | April 11, 2017
Prosperous Armenia Party MP Naira Zorabyan took the floor and said that given the situation one could assume that those MPs who were present “live due to honest work”, implying that those absent had commercial and other interests outside the legislature.
14:11 | April 5, 2017
Armen Martirosyan, a candidate who ran on the ticket of the losing ORO alliance ticket in the April 2 parliamentary election, described the vote as an “auction” and that the ORO alliance was targeted with negative propaganda during the campaign.
12:37 | April 3, 2017
With only four polling stations in Armenia not having reported results in the April 2 parliamentary election, Central Electoral Commission President Tigran Moukouchyan declared the following four parties/alliances as making it to the country’s new legislature:
12:20 | March 24, 2017
In his financial disclosure to the Central Electoral Commission, Grigoryan declared 6.5 million AMD in income (parliamentary wages), and 45 million AMD from the sale of agricultural goods. He’s the sole owner of the Avshar Wine Factory.
14:19 | March 23, 2017
Armenia’s government today said it could not support two bills proposed by MP Zaruhi Postanjyan condemning the occupation of historic Armenian lands and the dispossession of Armenians from their homeland by the Republic of Turkey.
14:35 | March 22, 2017
Taxpayers in Armenia just might be miffed to know that in 2016 the government spent 1.6 billion AMD (US$3.3 million) to operate and maintain 1,071 automobiles used by various state agencies.
13:00 | March 15, 2017
The lawyer of Mardiros Hakobyan, a member of the armed Sasna Dzrer group that seized a Yerevan police station last July and now being held in pre-trial detention at the Armavir Penitentiary, has been on hunger strike since March 12, despite claims to the contrary by the Department of Corrections and the Human Rights Office.
13:41 | March 9, 2017
“This means that all initiatives and programs must take into account the three principles of stable development; economic, social, and environmental. We would naturally oppose any proposal that doesn’t balance these three factors,” Minasyan said.
13:16 | March 8, 2017
MP Zaruhi Postanjyan, formerly a member of the Heritage Party faction in Armenia’s parliament, told reporters today that she is forming a new political platform designed to unite all Armenians around the world and to press for their rights.
14:46 | March 3, 2017
Noting that the parliament passed 46 bills in the span of 72 hours, Manukyan joked that the country’s legislators must be so intelligent, literate and clever in order to serve-up so many laws to the public.
13:12 | March 2, 2017
The Armenian government notes that relations between Armenia and Iraq have grown over the past five to six years, pointing to the reopening of Iraq’s embassy in Yerevan and increased trade between the two countries.
12:49 | March 2, 2017
Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Aram Tatoyan told reporters in Yerevan today that Artur Sargsyan, the man who ferried food to members of the armed Sasna Dzrer group holed up in a Yerevan police station after having seized it last July and presently awaiting trial, has again refused to be transferred to a civilian hospital.
10:58 | March 2, 2017
Organizers of a sit-down demonstration in Yerevan’s Liberty Square calling for the release of Artur Sargsyan from pretrial detention say the police have visited their homes and threatened them.
15:36 | February 27, 2017
A signature drive is being circulated in Armenia’s parliament to have Artur Sargsyan, the man who ferried food to members of the armed Sasna Dzrer group holed up in a Yerevan police station after having seized it last July, to be released from pretrial detention.
13:27 | February 23, 2017
Armenia’s Minister of Economic Development and Investment Souren Karanian was all smiles today telling reporters after a government cabinet session that several economic indices have seen positive change.
12:29 | February 23, 2017
The Armenian government today approved a draft decree proposed by Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan whereby cigarettes and matches will not be included in the food provisions to contractual military personnel during peacetime as of July1.
17:27 | February 21, 2017
Arguing that most MPs lack any principles other than spending large amounts of taxpayer money, Manoukyan lambasted many of his colleagues for doing nothing more than pressing buttons when a bill comes up for a vote.
15:18 | February 17, 2017
At a Yerevan press conference today, former foreign minister Vardan Oskanian of the ORO alliance (Ohanian, Raffi, Oskanian), pledged to do away with speed cameras and paid street parking if their ticket came to power in the April 2 parliamentary election.
14:16 | February 17, 2017
Citing security as the first issue facing Armenia, former defense minister Seyran Ohanian, heading the Ohanian-Raffi-Oskanian alliance ticket in the upcoming parliamentary election, told reporters, “Our state is in a complex region with many conflicts. We can’t forget this for a second.”
13:28 | February 16, 2017
Armenia’s government plans to allocate 5 million AMD (US$10,280) to organize an event in New York on March 16 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Armenia becoming a member of the United Nations.
12:36 | February 9, 2017
Seeking to get the Armenian diaspora more involved in the economic development of Armenia, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan today instructed diaspora minister Hranoush Hakobyan to draft a plan of action, in concert with other executive government bodies, prominent diasporan leaders and experts, tasked with expanding cooperation.
11:23 | February 9, 2017
Reports circulating in the press that various government departments and provincial authorities have been using their administrative resources to promote this or that political party in the run-up to April’s parliamentary election has angered Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.
15:27 | February 2, 2017
Grigoryan told reporters today in Yerevan that his appointment came as a surprise and that he had been notified, by telephone, just this morning by Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.
13:40 | January 13, 2017
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, during a press conference today in Yerevan, said the government has saved almost 4 billion AMD (US$8.247 million) by making cuts in personnel and State Non-Commercial Organizations (SNCOs).
16:44 | January 12, 2017
Souren Karayan, Armenia’s Minister of Economic Development and Investments, told reporters today in Yerevan that the future growth of Armenia’s economy would be based on exports.
20:13 | December 29, 2016
Armenia’s government has given the green light to launch free weapons’ training courses to eligible individuals. The government’s rationale is that citizens should be proficient in the use of arms to defend the country’s borders.
12:24 | December 29, 2016
At a cabinet session today, the government decided to recall the cars, valued at 48 million AMD ($99,230), as part of its campaign to decrease the number of government vehicles now in service.
12:04 | December 29, 2016
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, during a critique of the country’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, said that the government had created a sytem in which able-bodied individuals prefer receiving state handouts than working.
16:02 | December 28, 2016
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women coordinator Zaruhi Hovhannisyan told reporters today in Yerevan that a domestic violence hotline operating in Armenia had received 5,000 calls in 2016, even though local law enforcement puts the number of calls at 1,500.
17:21 | December 26, 2016
Amiryan said that a new television program will be launched at the start of 2017 with the participation of five publishers, thirty intellectuals and fifteen writers, each presenting one of their works.
13:46 | December 22, 2016
The Armenian government backed a Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs bill today that will allocate 292 million AMD (US$607,470) in prize money to athletes, coaches, physicians and athletic organizations that achieved exceptionally high standards in the 2016 Olympic Games, in international and European competitions, the International Youth Chess Olympiad and the 2015 International Weightlifting Competition.
12:37 | December 22, 2016
Armenia’s Ministry of Agriculture will allocate 108.5 million AMD (US$225,700) to support the Grape Growers and Vintners Foundation of Armenia and 250,000 AMD to the Scientific Center of Vegetable and Industrial Crops.
14:13 | December 21, 2016
At a press conference today in Yerevan, Aida Mouradyan, a member of the Children’s Defense Network (CDN), announced that a recent survey of 1,000 parents revealed that 40% employed physical violence when rearing their children.
16:22 | December 20, 2016
Sergei Avetisyan, head of Armenia’s General Department of Civil Aviation, told reporters today that there are flights from Tbilisi International Airport that are more accessible than from Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport.
12:46 | December 16, 2016
An unknown assailant(s) attempted to blow up a VTB Bank ATM terminal in Yerevan today and steal the cash inside, this according to the country’s Investigative Committee (IC).
16:15 | December 15, 2016
Aras Özbiliz, an Armenian footballer born in Istanbul who now holds dual Dutch and Armenian citizenship, will not have to serve in Armenia’s military so that he can play for Armenia’s national team in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
12:55 | December 15, 2016
Armenia’s government today backed a bill proposed by Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan to allocate 60 million AMD (US$124,000) to the Youth Foundation of Armenia.
16:52 | December 14, 2016
As it now stands, top officials in Armenia often disclose large amounts of asset purchases based solely on meager state salaries. The ethics committee set up to look into such matters has never investigated such financial inconsistencies.
16:19 | December 13, 2016
Tensions flared today in Armenia’s parliament during the second hearing regarding a bill that would introduce a 1,000 AMD monthly tax to fund compensation for soldiers killed or disabled during military service.
14:49 | December 5, 2016
Egoyan said that the incidents of July, when the armed Sasna Tzrer group seized a Yerevan police building and the ensuing public protests, were a wake-up call exposing how human rights are violated in Armenia.
14:11 | December 5, 2016
At a press conference today at Yerevan’s Media Center, Arsinée Khanjian said that while two months had passed since the Justice Within Armenia movement had made a public call for positive change in the country, the new government has yet to present a specific package of reform.
13:30 | December 1, 2016
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan has instructed Artur Davtyan, the country’s prosecutor general, to pay attention to court cases regarding soldiers who have died in non-combat circumstances.
16:05 | November 24, 2016
“The second reason is that any government must have a political base and our government, first of all, has been a government of the Republican Party of Armenia,” Karapetyan noted.
14:40 | November 14, 2016
Zurabyan said that it made greater sense to discuss the state budget and to then discuss a government bill that would mandate people pay 1,000 AMD per month in tax for a fund to injured soldiers.
13:38 | November 3, 2016
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan instructed the justice and finance ministers to assist the mayor of Yerevan in negotiating with Parking City Service CJSC and Locator CJSC and to present legal solutions within one week so that the total management and control of their functions, including revenue flows, revert to community structures.
15:47 | November 1, 2016
The former ASALA member told reporters that their main aim is to ensure a decolonized and sovereign Armenia, the de jure unification of Artsakh with Armenia, and the creation of a vibrant, sustainable country.
17:14 | October 22, 2016
Mayor Stepanyan notes that while he’s aware of how the mayor’s office functions, he’ll have his uncle to advise him at the beginning. He’s now drafting a program to address improving conditions in Azatashen.
14:46 | October 17, 2016
At a special session of Armenia’s parliament today, HAK MP Nikol Pashinyan told colleagues that during a recent trip to Vardenis local potato farmers complained that buyers for the country’s defense ministry were making huge profits while paying next to nothing for the tubers.
14:31 | October 13, 2016
Armenia’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Armen Asatryan told reports today in Yerevan that the government had reduced social risks to the minimum and that it’s priority would be to offer accessible and quality services to citizens.
13:00 | October 12, 2016
A group of people with hearing disabilities protested outside the government building in Yerevan yesterday, demanding that Grigor Grigoryan, president of the Union of Deaf People in Armenia NGO resign.
17:00 | October 8, 2016
ZaRRian, a southern California company, has created an Armenian “emojis” app that the creators say portrays Armenian cultural traditions and unique characteristics both within the Armenian community and outside it.
20:45 | October 7, 2016
Yegnukian is also protesting the fact that a Yerevan judge recently denied him bail and extended his detention by two months. (Yegnukian has already spent two months behind bars awaiting trial.)
14:17 | October 6, 2016
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will soon consider whether or not to sign a bill passed by the parliament dismissing Surik Khachatryan as provincial governor (marzpet) of Syunik.
17:38 | October 4, 2016
Arguing that Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan’s description of Armenia’s economic situation as “complex” shouldn’t lead to negative expectations, Aramyan noted that many developing economies were in the same boat as Armenia.
13:49 | September 30, 2016
While admitting that Armenia’s new government has yet to be finalized, Artak Zakaryan, President of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, boasted that it has specified the problems facing the country and that the revamped ministries signal the direction to be taken to resolve them.
16:37 | September 29, 2016
Newly appointed Armenian Minister of Agriculture Ignaty Arakelyan told reporters today that he is drafting a strategic program whereby the government would be facilitating ways to help villagers engaged in farming.
15:58 | September 29, 2016
Disgruntled former workers at Yerevan’s Nairit chemical plant demonstrated outside the Government Building in the Armenian capital today demanding that the Soviet-era complex be reopened.
22:01 | September 22, 2016
Newly appointed Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, addressing a government cabinet session today, said that the country had a great reserve of resources that must be utilized.
13:45 | September 20, 2016
Looking back on 25 years of Armenian independence, Amenian National Congress (HAK) Secretary Aram Manukyan said: Let god grant the Armenian people brains and power, determination and stubbornness, so that this will be the last time we celebrate the nation’s independence.”
14:30 | September 15, 2016
Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan was tight-lipped as to whether he and his boss, Edward Nalbandian, would be replaced by newly appointed prime minister Karen Karapetyan.
12:38 | September 2, 2016
A Yerevan court today refused bail for Gagik Mikayelyan who was arrested on charges of using violence against police officers during protests stemming from the July 17 seizure of a police building by the armed Sasna Dzrer group.
14:02 | August 31, 2016
The Sasna Dzrer Fund, named after the armed group that seized a Yerevan police building on July 17, will provide financial and legal assistance to 68 individuals it regards as political prisoners.
15:08 | August 29, 2016
Today a resident of Karvatchar, capital of the Artsakh district of Nor Shahumyan, wrote on his Facebook page that residents hadn’t had any drinking or irrigation water for the past sixteen days.
18:17 | August 19, 2016
Armenia’s Appeals Court today decided to release Davit Sanasaryan, a member of the Barev Yerevan faction in Yerevan’s Municipal Council now in pre-trial detention, if he can pay 1,500,000 AMD ($3,150) in bail.
16:03 | August 18, 2016
Arguing that Armenia is being pressured by the West and doesn’t enjoy total confidence by Russia, Founding Parliament member Alek Yenikomshian today told reporters at a Yerevan press conference that a movement has begun in Armenia, embodied by the SasnaDzrer movement, that seeks to form a “new, independent and sovereign Armenia”.
13:38 | August 11, 2016
Six citizens and one policeman injured in the July Yerevan protests continue to receive medical treatment in local hospitals, this according to a Ministry of Health spokesperson.
13:42 | August 8, 2016
Attorney Inessa Petrosyan says that Lambaryan, now at a hospital for those criminally charged, experiences sever pain as a result of the police inflicted gunshot wounds to his legs.
16:06 | August 3, 2016
Artour Sargsyan, the man who drove his car through a police cordon to deliver food to the armed Sasna Dzrer group on July 26, has been charged with “taking hostages” and “the illegal procurement and possession of weapons”.
09:45 | August 3, 2016
In court today, Arayik Khandoyan, one of the armed Sasna Dzrer group members that seized a Yerevan police building on July 17, announced that he was innocent of the charges of taking hostages and possessing illegal arms.
11:56 | August 2, 2016
Armen Martirosyan, vice president of the Armenia’s opposition Heritage Party (Zharangutyun), has been charged with “Organizing mass disorder”, according to Article 225 of Armenia’s Constitution.
11:23 | August 1, 2016
When asked by his lawyer if he had any message for the people, Sasna Dzrer member Arayik Khandoyan, who surrendered yesterday along with 19 others of the armed group that had seized a police building on July 17, said: “The only thing I have to say is that I love my homeland, my Armenia and my Armenian people.”
15:15 | July 31, 2016
For the past four days, some 50 residents of Kapan, a town in Armenia’s southern Syunik Province, have gathered to hold a public discussion regarding the continuing stand-off between an armed group and police.
15:47 | July 28, 2016
Nikolay Baghdasaryan, lawyer for jailed Founding Parliament member Alek Yenikomshian, says his client, who is blind and has one arm, is being kept in conditions deleterious to his health.
17:36 | July 22, 2016
Ohanyan says his friend had gone to the area to participate in a public debate regarding the armed seizure of the building and was far removed from the site when the clashes broke out.
15:09 | July 21, 2016
One of Aleksanyan’s friends told Hetq that he was in the area where demonstrators had gathered outside the security cordon surrounding the police building seized on Sunday, when he heard explosions.
14:11 | July 21, 2016
A two-month old baby in the Erebouni district of Yerevan, the site of last night’s clashes between demonstrators and police, had to be taken to a local hospital after suffering respiratory problems due to the tear gas fired by law enforcement.
21:18 | July 19, 2016
The armed Sasna Dzrer group that seized the building early Sunday morning then contacted members of the opposition Founding Parliament, claiming that they shot their weapons in the air “to protect the demonstrators.”
20:06 | July 18, 2016
Yerevan police detained Davit Sanasaryan, a Heritage Party member of the Yerevan Municipal Council, and others who had gathered in Liberty Square to hold a public discussion regarding yesterday’s armed seizure of a police building.
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