The topic of labor migration has again become active in Armenia in connection with the enforcement of amendments to the law on migrants in Russia. Under the law, migrants in Russia, including from Armenia, have the right to remain in the territory of the Russian Federation without registration for only 90 days within every 180 days. That is, citizens of Armenia cannot continually live in Russia for at least six months.
Armenia’s relations with the European Union and Euro-Atlantic structures after official Yerevan’s refusal to sign an association agreement with Brussels are in a state of stagnation, and the European side does not yet either show the will or make any proposals to redress them.
On February 5, when Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian is due to meet in Yerevan with the visiting co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the ARF Youth Organization and the Nikol Aghbalyan Student Union intend to hold a picket near the MFA building. The young people want to draw the international mediators’ attention to the escalation of tensions at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, calling upon them to give up the ‘artificial parity’ and name the culprit responsible for this escalation.
On February 6 supporters of the Dem.am (I’m against) civil initiative intend to stage an action as part of an awareness campaign against the controversial pension law. The force of some of the provisions of the legislation was suspended by the Constitutional Court pending the ruling on its constitutionality in late March, however, many employers say technically they still have to deduct the sums from the salaries of their employees and transfer them to pension funds.
Over the past few days three top world politicians have made statements concerning the Armenian genocide, in response to which Turkey, contrary to tradition, did not protest vehemently or threaten to use sanctions.
In continuing its commitment to the right to self-determination of the people of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), the Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted a resolution, introduced by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, recognizing the independence of Republic of Artsakh, reports Asbarez.com.
Armenia may not be directly affected by the current protests in Ukraine, but it certainly felt the vibrations of the events unfolding there earlier this week as Kiev’s Euromaidan suddenly got an “Armenian face”.
Serhiy Nihoyan, a 20-year-old ethnic Armenian from a small village near Dnipropetrovsk in southeastern Ukraine, became one of the first victims of the protests as he was shot dead under still unclear circumstances in Kiev on January 22. Nihoyan, whose parents are reportedly of Karabakh extraction, was a citizen of Ukraine, but his death due to involvement in political protests once again reminded of the fact that Ukraine has a large Armenian community numbering more than 100,000.
The Azeri commando raids along the frontline with Karabakh January 20 and further ceasefire violations have put in jeopardy the process of negotiations on the settlement of the protracted conflict. Despite the fact that the next meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan is scheduled for January 24, it is obvious that the new round of talks could be derailed even before it starts.
Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on January 19 to mark the seventh anniversary of the murder of prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink on the doorstep of the Agos newspaper’s editorial office where he worked. The participants of the rally demanded a fair investigation and that the masterminds of that heinous crime be found.
On January 16, the Armenian government approved the agreement on transferring to Russia’s Gazprom the remaining 20-percent stake in local gas distribution subsidiary ArmRosgazprom and instructed Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan to sign the agreement with the Russian gas giant.