This week at the Parliament, at the 25th Armenian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission the head of the commission, member of the Russian Council of the Federation Nikolay Ryzhkov mentioned that Nagorno-Karabakh can become a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) only after clarifying its status.
The Refugee Integration through Education program has enabled 38 Syrian Armenians to get specialized in three professions – hairdressing, cooking, and tailor-designer. Twelve hairdressers and chefs are already employed, the training course for tailor-designers is still in progress.
The INGO Western Armenian National Congress granted prominent Turkish scholar, journalist, sociologist Ismail Besikci with a medal of “Gevorg Surenyants (from Tpghis) Catholicos” for his well-known theory of the Armenian Genocide as a part of the Turkish national project of ethnic cleansing of all Middle Eastern local peoples.
All the names of locations in Turkish – Ghamishli, Syria, Sasun, Lusakert tell me that I am listening to another of stories of thousands of Armenians, but with one difference that this family did not emigrate, it returned to Turkey continuing to live on their own land only after converting.
The revival of the national identity of Armenians, who live in different Turkish cities and villages and have converted to Islam, is speeding up breaking taboos. The specialists of the field relate this to various political factors which enable these people to return to their own roots.
The Parliament has passed the Law “On tax exemptions for entrepreneurship in border village communities” in the first hearing, with which they will try to boost economic activity in those communities and improve business environment by exempting people from the main taxes, as a result there will be recorded about 30 billion AMD (about $7.3 million) revenues loss of the state budget.
This week on his two-day visit to Iran to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan discussed the new stage of development of economic relations with Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union and partial deduction of sanctions realized by the West against Iran.
The trial of Shant Harutyunyan and his friends, which lasted for almost a year, ended last week in a verdict passed by a Yerevan court, which was followed by strong reaction from human rights activists and the opposition.
A plan to consolidate administration of communities into one administrative budget and staff has raised discontent among villagers and community leaders who fear the plan will only lead to a losing their jobs.