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An Explanation (Reflections from Armenia)

An Explanation (Reflections from Armenia)

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan I owe an explanation to the readers of my blog. I haven’t posted for quite a while. The reason – well, it’s complicated. Lack of time is the main reason. I feel I’ve got too much to do at work and I keep adding on responsibilities and taking volunteer tasks, so I’m usually … Continue reading

Activists Warn of Poaching in Khosrov Forest State Preserve

Activists Warn of Poaching in Khosrov Forest State Preserve

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan  Armenia — Environmental activist Mariam Sukhudian holds up the torn head of a bezoar goat, Khosrov reserve, 18Sep2012 Environmental activists Mariam Sukhudian and Yeghia Nersissian are blowing the whistle  They have visited the “Kaqavaberd” area of Khosrov Forest State Preserve and discovered remnants of endangered animals around what seems to be festive bonfires of … Continue reading

Armenians Say Safarov Extradition, Pardon and Glorification ‘Wrong’, ‘Immoral’

Armenians Say Safarov Extradition, Pardon and Glorification ‘Wrong’, ‘Immoral’

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan Residents of Yerevan approached by RFE/RL’s Armenian Service and asked to share their thoughts on the recent extradition by Hungary of Ramil Safarov, a convicted axe-killer of Armenian army officer Gurgen Margarian, and his subsequent pardon in Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev, spoke angrily about the development, calling it wrong … Continue reading

Tsarukian Signals Commitment to Putin’s Eurasian Union Plan

Tsarukian Signals Commitment to Putin’s Eurasian Union Plan

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan One of Armenia’s wealthiest businessman and leader of “Bargavach Hayastan” (Prosperous Armenia) party Gagik Tsarukian has backed the initiative of his party’s youth wing to hold the First Eurasian Youth Conference in the Armenian resort town of Tsakhadzor on August 22-27. According to the official press-release disseminated by the Prosperous Armenia … Continue reading

Armenia – 2013 Presidential Elections: An Opportunity for Statesmanship

Reporting from Armenia:Artur Papyan Unless Armenia’s next presidential election is fair and gives its winner a strong political mandate, the government will lack the legitimacy needed to implement comprehensive reforms, tackle corruption and negotiate a peaceful end to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenia: An Opportunity for Statesmanship, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines … Continue reading

Armenia Seems Content With Its Elections

Armenia Seems Content With Its Elections

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papayan Looks like Armenia is more or less content with the outcome of the parliamentary elections that took place on May 6. Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan’s Republican party won a decisive victory and strengthened their hold on the National Assembly. The Republican faction had 62 mandates in the 131 seat parliament elected in … Continue reading

Entry Level Professors Worth Only $405 in Armenia

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan A group of young academics have been demanding an increase to state subsidization of science and education in Armenia. They have created a Facebook group, and organized a number of discussions to formulate and put forward their demands. The President of Armenia met the group last year and said instead of demanding … Continue reading

YouTube: Internet Download Speed Doubles in Armenia

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan Internet speed in Armenia continues to grow at a mind-blowing pace. A direct indicator of this comes from the statistics provided by YouTube, according to which average download speed of videos from Armenia has reached about 3.2 mbps in March 2012. The average YouTube download speed last year was about 1.4 mbps, while in 2010 … Continue reading