Oppositional “Civil Contract” Party that protected the candidacy of Sasun Mikayelyan during the mayor elections in Hrazdan on April 17, announced that reelected acting Mayor Arman Danielyan managed to win the lections thanks to bribes.
Media Center, April 19, 2016. Different types of violations were observed during LSG elections held in 36 communities in 8 regions of Armenia on April 17. The violations included distributing bribes, crowds at the polling stations and use of administrative resources. Though there was no “drawing of numbers” as the voting process was very efficiently controlled, the use of administrative and financial resources had a significant influence on the results of elections. Observers who worked during LSG elections said about this during the discussion at Media Center.
Armenian-Russian relations should return from the platform of illusions and ideals to reality where only interests prevail. Up to now some ungrounded ideal images have been formed about Russia in the Armenian society. And when these expectations are not realized public offence and anger are expressed.
Though there are traces of torture on the bodies of 18 soldiers returned to Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army by Azerbaijan, it is necessary to wait for the expert opinion. In any case the Armenian side does not intend to be limited by the expertise only. A corresponding legal procedure will start about the crimes conducted against Nagorno Karabakh by Azerbaijani forces. Armenia will apply to the international institutions from UN to the European Court of Human Rights. Senior Assistant of Defense Minister Alik Avetisyan said about this at Media Center on April 13.
Though Russia reduced the gas price for Armenia by 15USD, now it costs 150USD for 1000 cubic meters, the price for the “blue fuel” may reduce by 24-40USD for ordinary consumers. Experts said that it may be possible at the expense of margins of subsidiary Gazprom Armenia of Russian Gazprom. It bought gas on the border by 165USD up to now and sold to RA customers by 320USD.
It is hard to say whether the ceasefire will be durable or not after four-day active military actions in Karabakh conflict zone. At this moment there is one important military objective. If there are Armenian positions under Azerbaijan’s control, they should be returned.
In spite of the claims that the round building of Zvartnots Airport cannot be modernized or exploited as an airport, a group of architects presented a modernization project of that building at Media Center on April 1. They did preliminary calculations and are convinced that 25 million USD is necessary to modernize the building completely in accordance with the standards of international airports.
The United States of America would like surely to take the chance that Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev are in Washington and organise a meeting but it is clear that such a meeting will not take place.
Public procurement system in Armenia is almost a mirror reflection of the economy. Monopolies, merging of business and politics, the impact of corruption expressively affect the public procurement system.
Armenia’s complicated logistics reach, the economic problems of Russia, the situation created in the market of Armenian aviation, gaps in marketing and poor condition of infrastructures, particularly of roads, hamper the growth of tourism. The experts of aviation and tourism sphere spoke about it yesterday at Media Center.
Though Deputy Finance Minister Armen Alaverdyan stated that Armenia would continue to charge value added tax from individuals who import cars from the Eurasian Economic Union countries, on March 16 the National Assembly adopted in the second reading and completely the legislative amendments to end this practice.
The draft Election Code does not include proposals by the opposition and civil society. Particularly, the new document does not contain any provision on publishing signed voting lists, which the authors explain as a requirement of the RA Constitutional Court that considers publishing of voting lists as anti-constitutional. The opposition, though, insists that the decision of the Constitutional Court does not restrict the option of publishing voting lists.