Analyst: No interest for Russia in all-out war in Karabakh

A full-blown war in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not in the interest of Russia, which is preparing for another war, according to a Yerevan-based political analyst.
Sergey Shakaryants believes that Russia as well as another major regional player, Iran, are now more preoccupied with preparations for a likely war with Turkey.

Brainstorming: Government members, lawmakers discuss anti-corruption fight after PM’s initiative

Assurances by the Armenian government about its determination to fight corruption do not appear yet to inspire opposition parties and representatives of civil society that this fight is going to be successful.

May 28: Armenia marks First Republic Day

First Republic Day was marked in Armenia today, May 28. The country’s top political, military and spiritual leadership attended traditional celebrations at Sardarapat, a location some 40 kilometers west of capital Yerevan, where advancing Turkish troops were stopped in a heroic battle these days 98 years ago.

Prez Sahakyan says incident with MP ‘direct blow against NKR statehood’

Nagorno Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan has issued a statement, in which he described the incident in which an opposition lawmaker was beaten up a “direct blow against NKR’s statehood”.

Spokesman: Kocharyan house incident “blown out of proportion”

A spokesman for Armenia’s second president Robert Kocharyan has downplayed the incident near the former leader’s house reported by the Armenian police.
Late on Friday the police said that an unknown assailant had thrown a hand grenade towards Kocharyan’s private residence in Yerevan and that an examination of the scene was underway.

Beaten MP: I won’t leave Karabakh

Hayk Khanumyan, the head of the opposition National Rebirth faction in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s National Assembly and chairman of the party, has been beaten up and was hospitalized in capital Stepanakert.

Sargsyan in Kazakhstan for EEU summit after visiting Luxemburg

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan arrived in Kazakhstan on Tuesday to attend a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), his press service said.

With Gratitude: ArmeniaNow Turns the Page on 14 Years of Pioneer Journalism

Dear ArmeniaNow readers:

Thank you for 14 years of giving us reason to do what we do on these pages. Today, however, we do it for the last time. With this edition we conclude a fabulous episode of Armenia journalism. And we finish with great expectations for how the journalists who produce these pages will continue their influence on local media, as they look for new homes for their work. Find them. Follow their work.

In July, 2002, ArmeniaNow appeared out of nowhere before there was much chance of sustaining an online journal from a country where dial-up was still about as good as cyber connection got and waaaay before “social media” was legitimized.

We began with the intention of filling a gap that we believed existed in society’s transition from a special-interests-influenced, to a more independent-based media environment. While ArmeniaNow (and our parent NGO New Times Journalism Training Center), was surely not the first to offer “western style” journalism training, there was, however, a missing element in getting from the classroom to the newsroom . . .

Dialogue Partner: Armenia gets status at Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Secretary General Rashid Alimov late last week signed a memorandum of understanding to give Armenia a “dialogue partner” status within the Organization.

Experts: Azerbaijan’s aggression against Karabakh bolstered by Turkish support

During the four-day war Azerbaijan’s adventure also stemmed from Turkey’s support, said expert Levon Hovsepyan.

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