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.
RA Government program, Tax Code adopted recently, general administration and real economic claims do not correlate to one another. The economy requires non-standard approaches, concrete measures, the government stipulates it to some extent in its program, but the human resources changes and the planned fiscal policy are not conducive to solve that problem. Ashot Khurshudyan, an economist, said this during the discussion at Media Center on October 25.
The adoption of the amendments to the Electoral Code and the related laws at the National Assembly on October 20, that specifically include the provision about "false denunciation", attains political goals and is cast against the free activity of observers and the media. Avetik Ishkhanyan, Chairman of the Helsinki Committee of Armenia, said during the discussion at Media Center on October 20.
Russia is on the threshold of a deep economic crisis and political isolation, therefore it does its best to improve relations with Turkey, it is a breakthrough for it: Ara Papyan, chairman of “Modus Vivendi” centre and diplomat, said during the discussion at Media Center.
The session of CSTO Collective Security Council, held on October 14 in Yerevan, showed that there are profound disagreements between the allies. It is evidenced by the fact that the fate of adopting the CSTO statement on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was still uncertain, and the representative of Armenia was not approved in the post of the Secretary General of the Organization, as it was anticipated according to the rotation principle of the CSTO Charter.
The main players of the Armenian political field act in the frame of pre-electoral phase though a couple of days have passed after the local self-government elections and there is more than half a year for the parliamentary elections. New political players emerge, and the main topic of discussions is the parliamentary elections to be held in 2017. Political scientists spoke about this during the discussion at Media center.
Viktor Ter-Hovsepyan, the son of former Prosecutor General Suren Osipov, and Russian businessmen have carried out a big procedure of money laundering in Armenia, which escaped the attention of law enforcement authorities: Arthur Sakunts, head of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office and Marina Poghosyan, Head of the “Veles” Law firm, spoke about this and presented some details during the press conference at Media Center on October 10.
Discrimination is the biggest problem not only for individuals who face discrimination, but also for the whole society: the members of the coalition "Fight against Discrimination and for Equality" announced during the discussion on October 10 at Media Center, emphasizing that there is no anti-discrimination law in the country.
Economists consider that the change in the composition of ministers of the economic block of the prime minister and the government in Armenia is not so much a change of economic development mode but an action derived from some political reasons before the elections.
Ara Papyan, Founder and Head of the “Modus Vivendi Center”, Diplomat, Armen Baghdasaryan, Political Analyst, Armen Badalyan, Political Technologist, participated in the discussion “What to expect from the new government” at Media Center.
Elections of October 2, held in 373 communities of 6 regions of Armenia, were full of violations: representatives of companis and initiatives conducting observation missions expressed such assessment during the press conference at Media Center.