“We are inviting the representatives of all international organizations and parliamentarians from all over the world to Ukraine and are urging Europe to take measures in order to block the foreign bank accounts of Ukrainian oligarchs,” said Olexandra Matviychuk, coordinator of Euromaidan SOS civil initiative, at a discussion hosted by the Media Center and dedicated to the situation in Ukraine.
“There will be no reductions made to the water levels of Sevan. I want to dispel rumors about water drainage from the lake: there has been no illegal run out in recent years”, said Yuri Javadyan, the chairman of Lake Sevan Issues Committee of Armenian President, during a debate about “The Run-Out of Water from Sevan, the Needs and the Results”.
“We need to talk about conservation, not demolition. The problem of Zvartnots has to be solved in legal environment and the cultural component should be emphasized. None of the managers will think about this. It would be wrong to assume that someone else would solve the problem in our stead,” architect Zohrab Bauer stated at a discussion dedicated to the problem of Zvartnots airport’s old terminal demolition, held by the Media Center on February 14.
“Armenian mass media has little hate speech - 1%: online media, unfortunately, is the leader in the dissemination of hate speech, which is mainly political by nature, Ashot Melikyan, President of Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression NGO, said today during the discussion on ''Hate speech in Armenian mass media'' held at the Media Center.
"There are concrete pressures in schools and kindergartens. The workers are forced to choose the pension funds. There are recorded pressures in "ArmSwissBank", ''Electric Networks of Armenia”, said Davit Manukyan, Political Scientist, Member of Dem.am (I protest!) Initiative. Today a press conference was held at the Media Center by Dem.am Initiative on pension funds illegally forced to the state employees.
“Everything depends on decisions. Being dependent on external forces, Armenia and Azerbaijan are not the countries that may choose war”, political scientist Manvel Sargsyan claimed at the discussion entitled “Recent Incidents along Armenian-Azerbaijani border: Expert Opinion” initiated by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) at the Media Center.
Today in Media Center the AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC) unveiled the very first multimedia e-book of its kind: “The Armenian Highland”, part of AVC’s groundbreaking series of electronic books on Armenian culture and history, which is now available, completely free of charge, on mobile devices and desktop computers.
"Shant and Freedom" Fund was founded in order to support families who are persecuted for their political views.
"There are 15 political prisoners: Shant, his friends, and fighter by the name of Volodya Avetisyan. They have families and children who are in need of moral and material support," said the foundation's founder Felix Hayrapetyan at the conference in the Media Center.
The situation in the Ukrainian capital remains tense, although in video reports provided by news websites things appear to be worse than they are in reality. At a discussion hosted by the Media Center, Dmitri Shulga, European programs director at Renaissance(Відродження) international foundation, pointed out that people that gathered at the Maidan were fighting for the European future they were deprived of after the Vilnius Summit.
“An increase in the price of gas has led to a decrease in the number of greenhouses in Armenia”, said head of Greenhouse Association Research Center, Poghos Gevorgyan, during s discussion at the Media Center.
"I urge all citizens who are not indifferent to join us in our fight against the enactment of unconstitutional laws, for the sake of the Republic of Armenia. Don't be afraid to protest. Don't be afraid to fight for your rights!" exhorted David Manukyan, member of the 'Dem Em!' Initiative, at the Media Center hosted press conference.
A special open session of the National Assembly’s Accounting Committee was held today, at 15:00.The first issue on the agenda was the legality of the December 23 voting on the agreement on the purchase and sale terms of shares of ArmRosGazprom CJSC and its further activities. The government officials have been notified about the results of the session.