Authorities says well-known Armenian millionaire Levon Hayrapetyan’s detention at a Moscow airport is related to the businessman’s affiliation with organized crime, however, in Armenia the detention is being called an order by Azeris.
The Armenian Ministry of Finance, part of which is now overseeing tax collection, says that 98 out of 1,200 corporate taxpayers have themselves decided to “specify” their tax obligations, which will result in additional state budget revenues of nearly $1 million.
A ruling by an Armenian court forcing a newspaper to reveal a source has raised questions about media rights and freedom.
On June 26 the court forced Hraparak daily and ilur.am website to reveal the source of their information about a police officer’s illegal actions addressed to wrestler Artur Aleksanyan and his brother Rafayel Aseksanyan.
As authorities have begun monitoring local crops for chemicals, representatives of the State Service of Food Security on Monday said that while no chemicals are found in imported agricultural products in Armenia the state does not take 100 percent responsibility for local products.
Armenia and Iran are going to sign a memorandum on cooperation in the field of tourism. On Thursday Armenia’s government approved the memorandum that will enable both countries to coordinate and promote tourist visits between the two countries as well as international tours to both neighboring countries as a package.
While the Ministry of Health and the Municipality of Yerevan insist that there is no meningitis epidemic in the city, at some kindergartens parents have been told that they are in quarantine. Simultaneously, there seem to be lots of patients with serous meningitis in hospitals.
Although yesterday the Armenian Ministry of Emergency organized tens of thousands of shots from its 164 anti-hail stations in more than 50 villages in the country’s Aragatsotn and Lori Provinces it was still impossible to avoid heavy hailstorms.
The crisis in Ukraine affects not only those living in that country, but also others former Soviet countries that have close ties with Russia. In particular, the sanctions imposed on Moscow because of the unfolding events in Ukraine also have had some impact on its post-Soviet allies, including Armenia, as economic growth in these countries apparently tends to slow down. Thus, the Armenian government has reconsidered its annual economic growth forecast, lowering it by more than one percentage point.
The periodical increases in energy prices in the last few years and Armenia’s decision to join the Russia-led Customs and Eurasian Unions are leading the country to energy isolation, some economists believe.
While in the modern-day world environmentalists encourage and promote energy saving technologies as the best means of protecting the environment, people in Armenia are still learning to save energy to confront the difficult social conditions aggravated by periodically raised tariffs for electricity and natural gas.