There are reasonable grounds for assuming that the Russian Federal Security Service has unimpeded access to the personal data of all the citizens crossing the RA border. Daniel Ioannisyan, the Program coordinator of the "Informed citizens of the Union" NGO, said this at the Media Center on December 5.
Although there are no precise data, according to advocates, there are still more than five dozen citizens (besides the armed group members) in custody as a consequence of the July events. Arayik Papikyan, Advocate, Representative of Helsinki Association, said during the press conference, entitled "The Cases of Detained Citizens during the July Events: Evaluation of the Preliminary Phase" at Media Center on November 24.
The concluding press conference of Matthias Kisler, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Republic of Armenia, was held on November 22 at Media Center.
Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Project Director of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, presented the results of the Global Corruption Barometer 2016 during the press conference held at Media Centre on November 16.
"Informed Citizens Association" NGO has created a unique project in the Armenian Internet segment called "SUT.am" the main goal of which is to reveal the false information published by the officials, the official bodies, and the media.
The main Armenian lobbying organizations maintained neutrality during the USA presidential elections and did not support any candidate. Now when Donald Trump is elected as the US president, the Armenian organizations try to understand the foreign policy approaches of Trump who has little political experience and to elaborate on approaches to work with the Republican administration in the White House.
“It is not important for whom the American people vote, it is important for them to be their choice’’. Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), Political Scientist, expressed this point of view during the discussion at Media Center.
Poland supports the signing of Armenia-EU framework agreement, which will be the legal basis of relations between the two sides. Mr. Jerzy Marek Nowakowski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to the Republic of Armenia, said this during the press conference, held ahead of the Independence Day of Poland at Media Center on November 9.
Media Center hosted a discussion today about the USA presidential elections held on November 8, with the participation of Vardan Khachatryan, Political Scientist, Former MP, Suren Sargsyan, Researcher and Political scientist at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Haik Martirosyan, Doctor of Political Scientist.
The proposal of "Gazprom Armenia" company about reducing the gas prices looks like a short-term pre-election campaign and prices may rise again in July next year. On the other hand, the burden of reducing the tariffs for Armenia in terms of 105 thousand needy families will be at the expense of the state budget, and this is not a real gas price decrease, but just a change of a payer.
Today, on the international day of stopping the impunity of crimes against journalists, the Media Center hosted a discussion on ''Violence against Journalists and Violations of Rights in Armenia: Reference to 2016''.
Although the negotiations on a new framework agreement between Armenia and the European Union are in a quite dynamic process, experts are anxious that Russia-West intensifying contradictions and the possible improper quality of next year's parliamentary elections in Armenia can have a bad impact on Yerevan-Brussels negotiation process.