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Nikol Pashinyan`s official visit to Italy launchedNikol Pashinyan`s official visit to Italy launched
Former Police Chief`s brother was chargedFormer Police Chief`s brother was charged
Judge accused of taking bribe sentenced to 7 years in prison Judge accused of taking bribe sentenced to 7 years in prison 
My step:Launching  of the vetting system is on its  way to  implementationMy step:Launching  of the vetting system is on its  way to  implementation
Enlightened Armenia: There are ministers whose work, to put it  mildly, dissatisfies usEnlightened Armenia: There are ministers whose work, to put it  mildly, dissatisfies us
The deputy answered Pashinyan`s statement that The deputy answered Pashinyan`s statement that "Enlightened Armenia"  is against raising salaries
Pashinyan: Armenia and Russia cannot act against each otherPashinyan: Armenia and Russia cannot act against each other
US Ambassador to Azerbaijan: United States Absolutely Committed to  Promoting Peaceful Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh ConflictUS Ambassador to Azerbaijan: United States Absolutely Committed to  Promoting Peaceful Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
The Prime Minister of Armenia never discussed the status of Garegin  Nzhdeh with the Russian authoritiesThe Prime Minister of Armenia never discussed the status of Garegin  Nzhdeh with the Russian authorities
NSS detained Chief of Tumanyan Division of Police of Armenia Lernik  GigolyanNSS detained Chief of Tumanyan Division of Police of Armenia Lernik  Gigolyan
Police revealed large thefts by the Police revealed large thefts by the "Syunik" Water Users Association 
Court rejected another motion to change preventive measure of Manvel  GrigoryanCourt rejected another motion to change preventive measure of Manvel  Grigoryan
Aren Mkrtchyan: Arthur Vanetsyan is responsible for the defeat of the  Armenian national football team with a score of 9: 1Aren Mkrtchyan: Arthur Vanetsyan is responsible for the defeat of the  Armenian national football team with a score of 9: 1
Armen Sarkissian: Qatar is an example of a Armen Sarkissian: Qatar is an example of a "friendly competitor" for  Armenia, which contributes to world culture and looks to the future
US Congress representatives called on State Department and Pentagon  to maintain parity in provision of military assistance to Azerbaijan  and ArmeniaUS Congress representatives called on State Department and Pentagon  to maintain parity in provision of military assistance to Azerbaijan  and Armenia
All members ofcommission for prevention of corruption electedAll members ofcommission for prevention of corruption elected
For monthly fee of AMD 4000 Beeline`s subscribers will receive fixed  100MB/s internetFor monthly fee of AMD 4000 Beeline`s subscribers will receive fixed  100MB/s internet
Armenian Prime Minister to pay an official visit to Italy November  20-22Armenian Prime Minister to pay an official visit to Italy November  20-22
Vardan Ghukasyan on Pashinyan`s statement: Maybe later he will  understand that he was mistakenVardan Ghukasyan on Pashinyan`s statement: Maybe later he will  understand that he was mistaken
Facilitation of visa issuance procedures with Denmark were discussed  in Armenian ParliamentFacilitation of visa issuance procedures with Denmark were discussed  in Armenian Parliament
Anahit Bakhshyan: The results of Levon Mkrtchyan`s work as Minister  of Education deprives the ARF of the right to criticize Araik  HarutyunyanAnahit Bakhshyan: The results of Levon Mkrtchyan`s work as Minister  of Education deprives the ARF of the right to criticize Araik  Harutyunyan
US Ambassador: Washington understands Armenian-Iranian relationsUS Ambassador: Washington understands Armenian-Iranian relations
Armenia and Qatar cancel visa regimeArmenia and Qatar cancel visa regime
US Ambassador: Foreign investors take Amulsar into account when  making investment decisionsUS Ambassador: Foreign investors take Amulsar into account when  making investment decisions
Lynn Tracy: Armenia, as a sovereign state, can itself manage any  activities related to bio-laboratoriesLynn Tracy: Armenia, as a sovereign state, can itself manage any  activities related to bio-laboratories
US Ambassador: The American administration recognizes the events of  1915 as one of the worst tragedies of the XX centuryUS Ambassador: The American administration recognizes the events of  1915 as one of the worst tragedies of the XX century
Media:  Shells discovered after attempt against Vardan Ghukasyan and   attacks on house of Court of Cassation`s former head  were done from   same automatic rifleMedia:  Shells discovered after attempt against Vardan Ghukasyan and   attacks on house of Court of Cassation`s former head  were done from   same automatic rifle
Armen Sargsyan: With the opening of the Armenian Embassy in Qatar,  the life of the Armenian community will change significantly.Armen Sargsyan: With the opening of the Armenian Embassy in Qatar,  the life of the Armenian community will change significantly.
Lynn Tracy: US Contributes to Armenia`s Efforts to Form  Anti-Corruption Court and CommitteeLynn Tracy: US Contributes to Armenia`s Efforts to Form  Anti-Corruption Court and Committee
ANCC noted the importance of developing economic relations between  Armenia and CanadaANCC noted the importance of developing economic relations between  Armenia and Canada
Armenia and Spain discussed prospects of starting a dialogue on visa  liberalization between Armenia and EUArmenia and Spain discussed prospects of starting a dialogue on visa  liberalization between Armenia and EU
Structures reporting to the Prime Minister of Armenia will have the  opportunity to hold public hearingsStructures reporting to the Prime Minister of Armenia will have the  opportunity to hold public hearings
Lydian: Claim on invalidation of EIA for Amulsar development program  rejected by Armenian Administrative CourtLydian: Claim on invalidation of EIA for Amulsar development program  rejected by Armenian Administrative Court
Konstantin Zatulin: My deep conviction is as follows: The  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, like no other, could be resolvedKonstantin Zatulin: My deep conviction is as follows: The  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, like no other, could be resolved
Head of Supreme Majlis of the NAR told Aliyev about progress in  infrastructure projects in Azerbaijani army positions Head of Supreme Majlis of the NAR told Aliyev about progress in  infrastructure projects in Azerbaijani army positions 
Regular meeting of the EEC Council held under the chairmanship of  Armenia`s Deputy Prime Minister Regular meeting of the EEC Council held under the chairmanship of  Armenia`s Deputy Prime Minister 
Investigative Committee: Former Governor of Vayots Dzor region did  not participate in a scirmish in which officer Ara Mkhitaryan was  seriously injuredInvestigative Committee: Former Governor of Vayots Dzor region did  not participate in a scirmish in which officer Ara Mkhitaryan was  seriously injured
We have to admit that the existing education system does not ensure  the development of the country: PM discusses draft law We have to admit that the existing education system does not ensure  the development of the country: PM discusses draft law "On Higher  Education and Science" 
Georgian police dispersed protesters outside parliament with water  cannonsGeorgian police dispersed protesters outside parliament with water  cannons
President of Germany will visit Armenia in 2020President of Germany will visit Armenia in 2020
MP: It seems that Gevorg Kostanyan does not intend to return to  ArmeniaMP: It seems that Gevorg Kostanyan does not intend to return to  Armenia
Andranik Kocharyan about  dismissal of Movses Hakobyan: There were  probably problemsAndranik Kocharyan about  dismissal of Movses Hakobyan: There were  probably problems
Father of four teenagers who died as a result of carbon monoxide  poisoning will be in Armenia tomorrowFather of four teenagers who died as a result of carbon monoxide  poisoning will be in Armenia tomorrow
Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan receives Charge  d`Affaires a.i. of Great BritainArmenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan receives Charge  d`Affaires a.i. of Great Britain
Media: Mutual visit of Armenian and Azerbaijani journalists passes  non-publiclyMedia: Mutual visit of Armenian and Azerbaijani journalists passes  non-publicly
Armenian Defense Ministry discusses improving quality and comfort of  military boots purchased for  armyArmenian Defense Ministry discusses improving quality and comfort of  military boots purchased for  army
MP: Robert Kocharyan`s lawyers are doing everything possible to avoid  the start of the trial MP: Robert Kocharyan`s lawyers are doing everything possible to avoid  the start of the trial 
Armenian Prosecutor General`s Office opened a criminal case on  provision of fake documentsArmenian Prosecutor General`s Office opened a criminal case on  provision of fake documents
Armen Sarkissian got acquainted with activities of Qatar FoundationArmen Sarkissian got acquainted with activities of Qatar Foundation
 By decision of Pashinyan, Vachagan Nersesyan left post of Deputy  Chief Military Inspector of RA By decision of Pashinyan, Vachagan Nersesyan left post of Deputy  Chief Military Inspector of RA
Robert Kocharyan`s lawyer received a letter from the President of  FranceRobert Kocharyan`s lawyer received a letter from the President of  France
Arthur Aleksanyan: As UNICEF Ambassador, I will promote the  realization of the right of Armenian children to live a healthy lifeArthur Aleksanyan: As UNICEF Ambassador, I will promote the  realization of the right of Armenian children to live a healthy life
Armenian ability to make money from practically nothingArmenian ability to make money from practically nothing
Monument to victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire  erected in Greek KalamataMonument to victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire  erected in Greek Kalamata
Pashinyan dismissed Movses Hakobyan and his first deputyPashinyan dismissed Movses Hakobyan and his first deputy
The Armenian parliament began discussions on the candidacy of members  of the commission on the prevention of corruption.The Armenian parliament began discussions on the candidacy of members  of the commission on the prevention of corruption.
Statement by MFA of Armenia regarding the statements by the President of Turkey on Armenian Genocide made in the United StatesStatement by MFA of Armenia regarding the statements by the President of Turkey on Armenian Genocide made in the United States
Collegium meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of  Armenia took place at the Ministry of DefenseCollegium meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of  Armenia took place at the Ministry of Defense
The meeting of the Security Council held by chaired by the Prime  Minister of ArmeniaThe meeting of the Security Council held by chaired by the Prime  Minister of Armenia
MP: Crisis around the Constitutional Court of Armenia is a result of  inertia inherited from earlier timesMP: Crisis around the Constitutional Court of Armenia is a result of  inertia inherited from earlier times





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Maxim Shevchenko: Russia still has no comprehensive policy in the Caucasus
 Saturday, June 29 2013 14:21

Mr. Shevchenko, the weapon deal between Moscow and Baku has had a wide public response. What made Russia sell weapons to a country – enemy of its strategic ally Armenia?  

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Henri Reynaud: There is no alternative to peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict
 Friday, June 28 2013 13:27

French Ambassador to Armenia Henri Reynaud urged the parties to the Karabakh conflict to adhere to the existing format of talks to resolve the conflict. 

During the Friday press conference, he quoted the recent statement by the heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing states, Russia, the USA and France, urging the sides to find solution within the existing format and within the reached arrangements.

Henri Reynaud said meetings of the Armenian and Azerbaijani parliamentary delegations within PACE are not bringing changes. The sides have to try to seek ways of solution exclusively within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, according to the Helsinki and Madrid principles.

"I urge the side to take this path. There is no alternative way," he said.

To note, official Baku used to come forward with an offer to switch the peace process into PACE format. However, presidents of the OSCE MG states think it is unacceptable.

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Paryur Hayrikyan: After the Russian-Azerbaijani weapon bargain the Armenian authorities had to freeze diplomatic relations with Moscow
 Friday, June 28 2013 11:52

After the Russian-Azerbaijani weapon bargain the Armenian authorities had to freeze diplomatic relations with Moscow, the leader of the National Self-Determination Union (NSU) party, Paruyr Hayrikyan, said at today's press-conference.

"It is not raising anti-Russian hysteria, but a correct approach to our "strategic partner", which sold weapon to the enemy at $500 per citizen to kill one Armenian", - he said. He is surprised with indifference of the Armenian society and the opposition to the fact, as he thinks the wave of protest should raise and sober Russia.

As for assassination attempt upon his live, Hayrikyan is confident that it was organized by the Russian "imperialists" which were tracing him for dozens of years.

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12 projects from Eastern Partnership countries to fight for the grant of Directors Across Borders joint film production forum
 Friday, June 28 2013 11:51

On sidelines of the GOLDEN APRICOT 10th Jubilee International Film Festival (July 7-11 in Yerevan), the 7th Directors Across Borders (DAB) Regional Co-production Forum will be held on July 9-14.

Art-Director of Golden Apricot Film Festival Susanna Haroutiunyan told media on June 28 that the goal of the DAB is to promote co-production between Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Three grants will be issues for development of the winner-projects out of the selected 12 projects from the Eastern Partnership Project member-states.

Last year DAP expanded its forma due to a EU grant. Under the 3-year project, the following large-scale programs were implemented in 2012:  Armenia - Turkey Cinema Platform, Cinema Journalism without Borders" training for young cinema critics from Eastern Partnership countries.  The above mentioned activities are organized by EU funded Directors Across Borders Project implemented by Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development. She said that many of the project introduced earlier at DAP received local and international awards.  The GOLDEN APRICOT 10th Jubilee International Film Festival will take place from July 7 till 14. This year again the General Sponsor of the Festival, the proponent of subscribers' freedom of choice VivaCell- MTS and the Ministry of Culture of Armenia are by the side of the festival. The 2013 is special for the "Golden Apricot", celebrating its 10th anniversary. The festival will host world known cinematographers Krzysztof Zanussi, Godfrey Reggio and Jos Stelling, bestowed with the "Parajanov's Thaler" for their contribution in the industry. The Charles Aznavour star will be opened at the square holding the name of the world known singer and movie actor.

This year the festival has received around 1100 applications from 94 countries (to compare, in 2012 the number of applying countries was 67), which is an evidence that the interest in the world toward the festival grows year by year. This year again the festival will include international competition programs for full feature, documentary and the "Apricot Stone" short feature films, as well as the "Armenian Panorama" national competition program. The films included in the competition will be judged by four juries.  The jury of the international feature film competition will be headed by the celebrated Hungarian director Istvan Sabo; the international documentary film competition will be headed by the 2012 "Golden Apricot" laureate and famous director Sergey Loznitsa. The FIPRESCI and the Ecumenical juries will also work during the festival. The "Yerevan Premiere", "Retrospective Screenings" and "Tribute of Honor" programs expected to bring surprises from the worldly masters of cinema, occupy a special place in the festival events. The festival will celebrate Aram Khachaturian's 110th, Artavazd Peleshyan's and Nerses Hovhannisyan's 75th anniversaries.

The "Golden Apricot" 10th Jubilee International Film Festival will be covered by the leading Armenian and international TV channels and periodicals, such as the "Euronews", "Kultura" channels, as well as "The National", "Sight and Sound", and others.  Before its start the festival will include the "Cinema Journalism without Borders" training for young cinema critics from Eastern Partnership countries. The outcome of the training will be the publication of the "Golden Apricot" daily on the festival days.

In the frames of the Festival the 7th DAB Regional Co-production Forum and Armenia - Turkey Cinema Platform will take place. The above mentioned activities are organized by EU funded Directors Across Borders Project implemented by Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development, the press service of the "Golden Apricot" Yerevan International Film Festival reported.

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Seyran Ohanyan: Despite the tension, likelihood of war in Karabakh is not strong
 Friday, June 28 2013 11:20

 Despite the tension in the Karabakh conflict zone, likelihood of a new war is not strong, Armenia's Defence Minister Seyran Ohanyan told journalists today.

Asked about the lasting belligerent rhetoric by official Baku, Ohanyan noted that such statements are made to achieve a certain goal either to solve an internal problem, or to obtain unilateral concessions.

"We were once drawn into a war and we managed to defend Nagorno-Karabakh and our borders. Nowadays, it is impossible to make us accept unilateral concessions," he said, adding that Armenia stands for peaceful resolution achieved through talks and mutual understanding.

Defense Minister said we must be ready for war and improve the capabilities every day. However, he said the likelihood of war is not strong despite tensions.

He also added that Armenia worries about purchase of arms by the enemy, however, one should take into consideration that military and technical cooperation between Armenia and Russia is at a rather high level and  Armenia manages to maintain balance of forces due to the long-range weapons as well as high professionalism of the personnel.

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Russian political expert: Vladimir Putin prevented Damascus's seizure planned for Dec 2012
 Friday, June 28 2013 11:19

President of Russia Vladimir Putin held Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan from a military operation against Syria, Russian political expert, Professor Igor Panarin told ArmInfo.

He said that the latest anti-governmental manifestations in Istanbul and other big Turkish cities were organized by external forces that were displeased with Erdogan's refusal to war against Bashar Assad.

"Actually, Damacus's seizure was planned for December 2012 with Erdogan to have had the key role in it.  However, negotiations were held between Putin and Erdogan at the given period of time and I think Turkey certainly changed its stance after those negotiations. I'd like to see the reasonability reigning in the Turkish elite in order the latter refrains from participating in the anti-Syrian plots," the politician said.

Panarin shares the view that one of the targets for the Turkish mercenaries warring on the side of the Syrian terrorists, the so-called armed opposition, is the Armenian community, the successors of the Armenians that survived the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey in early 20th century.

"I think it is a delicate global game. The Islamic extremists are killing first of all the Christian population, both the Catholics, who number nearly 2 million people in Syria, and Armenians," he said.

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Eduard Sharmazanov: Armenians and Greeks should combine efforts to fight Turkey's policy of denial of the genocide of the Christian peoples
 Friday, June 28 2013 10:55

Armenians and Greeks should combine efforts to fight Turkey's policy of denial of the genocide of the Christian peoples, Eduard Sharmazanov, Head of Armenian-Greek Parliamentary Friendship Group, Vice President of the National Assembly of Armenia, said at the meeting with the former speaker of
the Greek Parliament, Head of the Armenian-Greek Friendship Group Apostolos Kaklamanis in the Athends on June 27.

In the course of the meeting, Kaklamanis highly appreciated the friendly relations of the Armenians and Greeks and came out for prevention of new genocides, the parliamentary press-service told ArmInfo.  Sharmazanov, in turn, recalled the Genocide of the Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and other Christian peoples residing in the territory of the Ottoman Empire in early 20th century. Therefore, he said, the Armenians and Greeks must combine efforts to fight Turkey's denial policy.

"The National Assembly of Armenia has urged the world parliaments to recognize genocide of other Christian peoples, including the Pontic Greeks," Sharmazanov said.

The two parties discussed regional security issues as well as Greece's support to Armenia on the way towards European integration.

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Exchange rate of dram against US dollar and EUR
 Friday, June 28 2013 10:53

 Today, the maximum buying rates at commercial banks of Yerevan were 409 drams for 1 dollar, 532,5drams for 1 EUR and 12,45 drams for 1 Russian ruble. The minimum selling rates stood at 410 drams for 1 dollar, 536,5 drams for 1 EUR and 12,6 drams for 1 Russian ruble .

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Saakashvili on His Plans After Expiry of His Term in Office
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:07

Tbilisi. Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, says, he is going to engage in raising the level of political education in the country after expiry of his term in office - President said at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Tbilisi, on June 27.

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Georgian Dream Continues its Attacks on Opposition - UNM
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:06

Tbilisi. Georgian authorities continue 'attacks' on the local government bodies and the former ruling party - the United National Movement (UNM) - said Giorgi (Goka) Gabashvili, an individual leader of the United National Movement.

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Georgia to Explain to Russia that NATO Integration Will not Affect Its Interests - Ivanishvili
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:06

Tbilisi. Georgia will be able to explain to Russia that Georgia's integration into NATO will not affect the interests of the neighbor states - Georgian Premier, Bidzina Ivanishvili, stated at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Tbilisi, on June 26.

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Rasmussen Says, Georgia Achieved Significant Progress on its Path Towards NATO - Rasmussen
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:06

Tbilisi. Georgia has achieved significant progress on its path towards NATO integration - NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, stated at a joint news conference with Georgian Premier, Bidzina Ivanishvili, in Tbilisi, on June 26.

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More torture occurring in Azerbaijan prisons
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:05

Baku. On Thursday, a Public Alliance "Azerbaijan has no political prisoners" presented a report titled:  "The conditions in places of detention and the situation with the rights of prisoners."

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Leyla Yunus: Do not aggravate pre-election period with new repression
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:05

Baku. Leyla Yunus, Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), wrote a letter to Interior Minister Ramil Usubov to take action to stop pressure on the adviser to the leader of the Musavat Party, Yadigar Sadykhly.

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EU: We will keep recommending
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:04

Baku. EU leaders responded to a letter of appeal sent by civil society in Azerbaijan prior to a visit to Brussels by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.

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Ararat Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Churches once again refutes reports on Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan's complicity in 'offshore case'
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:02

 Ararat Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Churches once again refutes the reports by Hetq.am on Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan's complicity in 'offshore case.'

In a statement disseminated overnight, the Diocese says that quoting businessman Ruben Mkrtchyan, Hetq.am reported on June 27 that Leader of the Ararat Diocese Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Ashot Sukiasyan met with businessmen Rubem Mkrtchyan, Sergey Tryukazyuk and Alexander Valchikovski at Noyan Tapan Restaurant in 2010. After the lunch, Ruben Mkrtchyan accompanied Ashot Sukiasyanand Archbishop Kchoyan to the airport.  "Kchoyan declares that the report does not correspond to reality and it is a logical continuation of the slander made before. Ararat Diocese urges the public not to yield to the influence of such misreports that are disseminated intentionally," the statement reads.


To recall Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office for verification of the damaging information against him published by Hetq.am. The prime minister is discontented at the recent publication on hetq.am saying that WLISPERA HOLDINGS LIMITED, an offshore company registered in Cyprus has three equal shareholders - RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Primate of the Ararat Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan and Ashot Sukiasyan. WLISPERA (WHL) is directly connected to a case businessman Paylak Hayrapetyan's bankruptcy. The source published also a copy of the document allegedly confirming the given information.  Lately Businessman Ashot
Sukiasyan said he had registered an offshore company in the name of Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Leader of Ararat Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan without their consent to protect his business.

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ArmenTel Director General: We are determined to launch IP-Television service promptly and to an accomplished standard
 Friday, June 28 2013 07:15

ArmenTel CJSC is determined to launch IP-Television via public electronic- communication network (fixed-line telephony) as soon as possible, ArmenTel Director General Andrey Pyatakhin told media, on June 27.

He said that before launching the service the company is to coordinate certain terms and conditions with the Public Services Regulatory Committee of Armenia (PSRC) and conduct planning activities.  "We need to select the optimal technology for IP-TV now," Pyatakhin said.

He assured media that ArmenTel's fixed-line telephony is profitable and company pursues the trends of switchover from landline to Internet-based technologies and balances its portfolio of services in all segments. As for tariffs, the company is negotiating with the PSRC. Pyatakhin said that the company has an efficient network of mobile base stations and is going to invest in development of mobile Internet services.  He said that ArmenTel's line network is leased by 10 telecommunications operator-companies and the leasing tariffs are determined by the PSRC.

Commenting on introduction of mobile number portability - MNP in Armenia starting 2014, Pyatakhin said that the company assigns high priority to proper preparation for provision of the service. The success of the service in the market will depend on the positive experience of a subscriber.  He outlined the high-quality mobile Internet and small number of independent distributors of SIM-cards as the main peculiarities of the local telecommunications market.

Pyatakhin said that VimpelCom Ltd. Shareholders have set a task to ArmenTel. They need a sustainable long-term development of ArmenTel in order the company meets the interests of both VimpelCom and customers as long as possible, he explained.

As of late Dec 2012 the company's shareholders were Telenor (42.95% voting stock) and Altimo (47.8517% voting stock), as well as minority shareholders (9.1983% voting stock).  At the end of Q1 2013, the number of the subscribers of the Public Electronic Communications Networks of ArmenTel totaled 561.9 thousand, with 158.5 thousand having Internet access. At the same time, ArmenTel served 756.4 thousand active mobile numbers with a 0.5% annual growth and 27.9 thousand broadband Internet users (exclusive of the users of mobile devices) with a 13.9% annual growth, and 119.6 thousand subscribers using other data-transfer services  (5.3% growth).

According to the Analytical Bulletin "Financial Analysis of the Biggest Industrial Companies of Armenia" prepared by ArmInfo Agency of Rating Marketing Information on the basis of financial reports, ArmenTel Company's assets for 2012 totaled 125.5 bln drams ($312.4 mln), commodity stocks totaled 2.5 bln drams.  The company has no bank loans. The proceeds for 2012 totaled nearly 63.3 bln drams, with a 10% decline over the year, with net profits totaling 5.7 bln drams (down nearly 1%).

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Armenian Parliament Speaker submits Supervisory Chamber's report to Prosecutor General's Office
 Friday, June 28 2013 07:12

Armenian Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan has submitted the Supervisory Chamber's report for 2012 to the Prosecutor General's Office, Spokesperson of the Prosecutor General Sona Truzyan told RFE/RL Armenian Service.

She said that Hovik Abrahamyan's letter has already been introduced as stipulated by the law. The Department for Protection of the State Interests of the Prosecutor General's Office is currently studying the violations exposed by the Supervisory Chamber and will give relevant assessments to the violations of legal nature.

Earlier, Head of the Supervisory Chamber Ishkhan Zakaryan introduced the report for 2012 in the Parliament. The report exposed a big number of embezzlements in the sphere of construction and state procurement. In response, Hovik Abrahamyan said that there are no irreplaceable officials and the statesmen engaged in embezzlement of the government funds will be dismissed.

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ArmenTel's new CEO promises to conduct more active and aggressive marketing policy
 Friday, June 28 2013 06:22

ArmenTel's new CEO Andrey Pyatakhin promised on Thursday to conduct a more active and aggressive marketing policy.

He said that being part of VimpelCom, the world's sixth biggest telecoms group, ArmenTel is following its new line – to act local and to think global. "We will try to use all the advantages VimpelCom offers to its customers, these including low prices and new technologies," Pyatakhin said. 

Pyatakhin is sure that ArmenTel has enough experience and technologies for active growth. "Armenia is a highly competitive market, where it is really vital to quickly react to customers' needs," he said.

Pyatakhin said that 89% of new telecoms customers in the world are mobile internet users. "So, we are committed to become more attractive in this segment. At the same time, we will continue our efforts to develop fixed line internet in the country and will keep appearing with new products in this field," Pyatakhin said.

Before his appointment of ArmenTel's CEO Pyatakhin was Beeline Vice President and Director for Moscow region.

In Q1 2013 ArmenTel had 756,400 mobile subscribers and 27,900 internet users.  According to ArmInfo's Financial Analysis of Armenia's Biggest Manufacturing Enterprises, in 2012 the company's assets made up 125.5bln AMD, revenues 63.3bln AMD, net profit 5.7bln AMD.

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UK and US ambassadors visit Amulsar gold project site
 Friday, June 28 2013 06:20

 On June 26 Ambassador of the UK Katherine Leach and Ambassador of the USA John Heffern visited the Amulsar gold project site and the two of the surrounding villages, namely Gorayk and Gndevaz.

The press service of Geoteam reports that the trip was for the Ambassadors to familiarize themselves with the project details and with some of the social development projects Geoteam is undertaking in the neighboring communities, as part of their on-going Local Economic Development and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
 
During the trip, the Ambassadors were briefed by Lydian/Geoteam mining, environmental and social development teams about the current state of the project as well as the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) preparation and the Armenia permitting process.

At the conclusion of the visit Ambassador Leach said: "At the G8 Summit last week our Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the importance of countries and companies working together to drive up global standards in the extractives sector.   As a UK based company Lydian International represents potentially the largest British investment in Armenia. It is important to us that this project is backed by investors, such as the IFC and EBRD, who demand the highest international standards in the mining industry. This includes making sure that local communities are kept closely informed and receiving positive economic and social benefits from the project."

Ambassador Heffern said: "Lydian International's Amulsar mine represents an important foreign investment project in Armenia. Since many of the company's shareholders are US based investors, I was interested in having a closer look at the project.  The project has the potential to create a considerable economic impact in Armenia, and we hope it will provide an example of how a mining company can operate responsibly, in line with international best practice"

Geoteam CJSC the 100% owned subsidiary of Lydian International. Among its investors are worldwide known investment institutions such as New York based Amber Capital, First Eagle Investment Management, Franklin Templeton and Invesco Trimark Canada. Two of the largest and long term shareholders are IFC (part of the World Bank) and the European bank of Reconstruction and Development. Their continued provision on the work Lydian and Geoteam are undertaking is always under scrutiny to stay in line with corresponding regulations of the 'Equator Principles', setting the standards for the Environmental and Social management, which Lydian/Geoteam is highly  committed to follow.

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Fyodor Lukyanov: The fragility of the situation around Karabakh by no  means contain high risks of a warFyodor Lukyanov: The fragility of the situation around Karabakh by no  means contain high risks of a war
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Rachya Arzumanyan: Former power in Artsakh today solves the problem  of its own reproductionRachya Arzumanyan: Former power in Artsakh today solves the problem  of its own reproduction
Edmon Marukyan: We are doing everything to ensure that there is more  America in ArmeniaEdmon Marukyan: We are doing everything to ensure that there is more  America in Armenia
View from Baku: Small amounts of US aid to Armenia are conditioned by  the latter`s membership in the CSTOView from Baku: Small amounts of US aid to Armenia are conditioned by  the latter`s membership in the CSTO
Academician: Europe`s soft line towards Turkey is explained by the  problem of refugeesAcademician: Europe`s soft line towards Turkey is explained by the  problem of refugees
Expert: Washington increases military component of its pressure on  IranExpert: Washington increases military component of its pressure on  Iran
NKR Foreign Minister: Future President of Artsakh should not be  associated with money and weaponsNKR Foreign Minister: Future President of Artsakh should not be  associated with money and weapons
Artsakh Foreign Minister: There are still no grounds for positive  expectations from the talksArtsakh Foreign Minister: There are still no grounds for positive  expectations from the talks
Alexey Malashenko: Alexey Malashenko: "It doesn`t matter to us who is in power in  Armenia, we will agree, all are our fellows"
Muslim Armenians in terrorist networks is a serious wake-up call for ArmeniaMuslim Armenians in terrorist networks is a serious wake-up call for Armenia
Analyst: Armenia has not realized what happened in St. PetersburgAnalyst: Armenia has not realized what happened in St. Petersburg
 Forecast: Turkey`s classification by US think tanks as a Forecast: Turkey`s classification by US think tanks as a "formal ally" will lead to increase of the importance of the South Caucasus countries
Wojciech Goretski: If Moscow could control April the war to the end, in Karabakh would have stood the Russian peacekeepersWojciech Goretski: If Moscow could control April the war to the end, in Karabakh would have stood the Russian peacekeepers
Forecast: Yerevan`s Forecast: Yerevan`s "flight" from Moscow is unlikely
State Minister: Artsakh`s economy needs investment rather than assistanceState Minister: Artsakh`s economy needs investment rather than assistance
Arayik Harutyunyan: We will in civilized manner put in their place all those who try to destabilize the situation in ArtsakhArayik Harutyunyan: We will in civilized manner put in their place all those who try to destabilize the situation in Artsakh
Hrachya Arzumanyan: There are three scenarios of Artsakh settlement in the 21st centuryHrachya Arzumanyan: There are three scenarios of Artsakh settlement in the 21st century
Armenia conducts equally open policy both in relations with the West  and RussiaArmenia conducts equally open policy both in relations with the West  and Russia
Kiro Manoyan: Armenia-Artsakh military-political agreement will be a  yellow card for AzerbaijanKiro Manoyan: Armenia-Artsakh military-political agreement will be a  yellow card for Azerbaijan
Ukrainian analyst: Zelensky`s victory is another catastrophic defeat  for Putin`s Russia in UkraineUkrainian analyst: Zelensky`s victory is another catastrophic defeat  for Putin`s Russia in Ukraine
Karabakh negotiation process has entered so-called “Cyprus path” when geopolitical players appeared in the regionKarabakh negotiation process has entered so-called “Cyprus path” when geopolitical players appeared in the region
Andrey Pyatakhin: Operators in Armenia are competing today for Internet rather than for voiceAndrey Pyatakhin: Operators in Armenia are competing today for Internet rather than for voice
France: Fake news and laws, searches and gilets jaunesFrance: Fake news and laws, searches and gilets jaunes
The elimination of Karabakh conflict and of Russian impact as well  is a direct way for US investments in Armenia and AzerbaijanThe elimination of Karabakh conflict and of Russian impact as well  is a direct way for US investments in Armenia and Azerbaijan
Manvel Sargsyan: Oligarchic order was broken in Armenia, but the  threat of a return to authoritarianism remains.(video)Manvel Sargsyan: Oligarchic order was broken in Armenia, but the  threat of a return to authoritarianism remains.(video)
Expert: Only four political forces have chances to be elected to the Armenian parliamentExpert: Only four political forces have chances to be elected to the Armenian parliament
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MP: Robert Kocharyan`s lawyers are doing everything possible to avoid  the start of the trial MP: Robert Kocharyan`s lawyers are doing everything possible to avoid  the start of the trial 
Armenian President received head of Georgia`s Partnership FundArmenian President received head of Georgia`s Partnership Fund
Wording on Karabakh is reflected in final declaration of II Baku  Summit of World Religious LeadersWording on Karabakh is reflected in final declaration of II Baku  Summit of World Religious Leaders
US Senator blocked vote on draft Armenian Genocide resolution in  upper house of US CongressUS Senator blocked vote on draft Armenian Genocide resolution in  upper house of US Congress
Official Baku reacted to the words of Sergey Lavrov in YerevanOfficial Baku reacted to the words of Sergey Lavrov in Yerevan
Serzh Sargsyan: Real democracy was a response to populism, which  posed a serious challenge to many countries of the worldSerzh Sargsyan: Real democracy was a response to populism, which  posed a serious challenge to many countries of the world
Pashinyan about the reasons for Hayrapetov`s dismissalPashinyan about the reasons for Hayrapetov`s dismissal
Russian Embassy in Armenia has responded to the report Russian Embassy in Armenia has responded to the report "The presence  of the Russian base in Armenia, and its impact on the human rights  situation in the country"
Nikol Pashinyan: Unfortunately, in our country, a general trend today  leads to the rejection of spiritualityNikol Pashinyan: Unfortunately, in our country, a general trend today  leads to the rejection of spirituality
Cavusoglu and Pompeo discuss resolution on Armenian GenocideCavusoglu and Pompeo discuss resolution on Armenian Genocide
Serzh Sargsyan: if by arresting me our people become happy, let them  arrest meSerzh Sargsyan: if by arresting me our people become happy, let them  arrest me
US adopted resolution recognizing Armenian GenocideUS adopted resolution recognizing Armenian Genocide
Working visit  of Artsakh Foreign Minister to Washington has startedWorking visit  of Artsakh Foreign Minister to Washington has started
Armen Sarkissian expressed condolences to Vladimir Putin over the  tragedy in the Krasnoyarsk TerritoryArmen Sarkissian expressed condolences to Vladimir Putin over the  tragedy in the Krasnoyarsk Territory
Andranik Kocharyan states Armenian Second President`s Defense  deliberately delays lawsuitAndranik Kocharyan states Armenian Second President`s Defense  deliberately delays lawsuit
Yerevan: Azerbaijan wants to get Artsakh without its indigenous  populationYerevan: Azerbaijan wants to get Artsakh without its indigenous  population
Expert: I don`t understand why the second President of Armenia Robert  Kocharian is charged only in the case of March 1, 2008Expert: I don`t understand why the second President of Armenia Robert  Kocharian is charged only in the case of March 1, 2008
Israeli political scientist: Turkey`s obvious aggressiveness gives  Armenia a stabilizing importanceIsraeli political scientist: Turkey`s obvious aggressiveness gives  Armenia a stabilizing importance
Politician and statesman Masis Mayilyan’s election as Artsakh president is required for Armenia`s breakthroughPolitician and statesman Masis Mayilyan’s election as Artsakh president is required for Armenia`s breakthrough
Robert Kocharian: I am ready to continue the fight even from the  prison cellRobert Kocharian: I am ready to continue the fight even from the  prison cell
Masis Mayilyan praised the efforts of members of the Committee on  Armenian Issues of the US Congress in support of a peaceful  settlement of the Karabakh conflictMasis Mayilyan praised the efforts of members of the Committee on  Armenian Issues of the US Congress in support of a peaceful  settlement of the Karabakh conflict
Analyst: In the pursuit of sensationalism, national security must be  kept in mindAnalyst: In the pursuit of sensationalism, national security must be  kept in mind
Pashinyan invited all Armenians of the world to celebrate New Year  and Christmas in ArmeniaPashinyan invited all Armenians of the world to celebrate New Year  and Christmas in Armenia
Chinese Embassy in Armenia launches Chinese Embassy in Armenia launches "Discover China" contest - winner  will have the opportunity to see China 
George Tsereteli called on the parties to the Karabakh conflict to  resolve disagreements and find a common languageGeorge Tsereteli called on the parties to the Karabakh conflict to  resolve disagreements and find a common language
Stepanakert called the statement of Georgian Foreign Ministry on the  local elections in Artsakh stereotyped Stepanakert called the statement of Georgian Foreign Ministry on the  local elections in Artsakh stereotyped 
YPC President: Decision of the Constitutional Court on the YPC President: Decision of the Constitutional Court on the "Kocharian  case" may be followed by agreements with external forces.
Russian President congratulates jailed second Armenian president on  jubileeRussian President congratulates jailed second Armenian president on  jubilee
Armenian public is concerned about uranium reserves in Amulsar fieldArmenian public is concerned about uranium reserves in Amulsar field
Over 10 years, 495 children were adopted by foreign citizens from 6  orphanages in Armenia, and only 116 by local citizensOver 10 years, 495 children were adopted by foreign citizens from 6  orphanages in Armenia, and only 116 by local citizens
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