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.
Armenian politicians and political scientists expressed their points of view about the motives, consequences of the four-day war in NKR at the beginning of April and the Possible Developments of the Negotiation Process during the debate at Media Center.
“Some meetings in “4+4+4” format showed that it failed as the Government is not willing to compromise even after the formation of compromising proposals by the opposition. However, if the government finds ways to continue the discussions, we do not close the door, we are ready to proceed,” Aram Manukyan, Secretary of the Armenian National Congress Faction, said during the discussion at Media Center.
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.
“If we consider Russian-Armenian political marriage”, we have to record a case of domestic violation,” Richard Kirakosyan, Director of “The Regional Studies Center”, said during the discussion on the subject of “Lessons of Four-Day Karabakh War” at Media Center and added that the main negative consequences were the end of the ceasefire and the stop of the diplomatic process.
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.
"Media Center", April 8, Yerevan. According to Armenian media experts, local media demonstrated the work of a high quality covering military activities taking place in the Karabakh-Azerbaijani frontline.
During the discussion entitled “The newly formed situation over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: possible developments in the ceasefire regime and the negotiation process” taking place in the Media Center today, Director of the “Caucasus Institute” and political analyst, Alexander Iskandaryan stated: “From the military perspective Azerbaijan was defeated, since the primary goal of the attacker is to win, while the defender’s aim is not to lose”.
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.
“The plan, developed by Azerbaijan, failed,” former RA Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan said at Media Center today during the discussion on “The reasons of resuming the military operations in Karabakh front and possible developments.”
"The situation is serious and it is like a war," told Stepan Grigoryan, the President of "Globalization and Regional Cooperation" NGO, during discussion upon “The situation is dramatic aggravation on the border," at Media Center, noting that at the current situation Armenia's MFA must submit the request to the UN to convene the Security Council session.
All possible and impossible measures will be undertaken for the defence of citizens’ benefit of the building 25 Tumanyan. Even if the 3 tribunes of Armenian court will reject the suit of citizens, they will apply to the Constitutional Court, after that if it refused, they will apply to the Europian Court of Human Rights.