“I don’t believe that there is an honest capital in Armenia. And if we start to look for them, we will have to send everyone to prison. Let us forgive people, let the money come to Armenia. We are not in the situation to consider it a serious problem and punish them,” Advocate Tigran Atanesyan said it during the discussion at Media Center entitled “The Corruption Trajectory of Offshore Scandal: Will there be legal consequences?”
The draft bill on the recognition of independence of Nagorno Karabakh that did not receive the negative opinion of the Government will be approved at NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and will be included in the Parliamentary agenda. Later when proper it can be voted at the National Assembly. RA Member of Parliament, Former Foreign Minister Alexander Arzumanyan said this at Media Center on May 12.
“If we did not do anything, the electricity price would reduce by at least 6 AMD on August 1,” Economist Artak Manukyan said during the discussion at Media Center, reasoning his opinion by the fact that by August 1, 2016 the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) will have covered its debt of 24 billion AMD because of which electricity price increased last year.
The appeal against the ban on the import of Turkish goods into Armenia was not accepted definitely by the experts. Moreover, most of them think that this issue is raised artificially, and particularly the raw material imported from Turkey for textile products is indispensable. So, in case of limitations the rate of unemployment will increase because of the traders and businessmen who import goods from Turkey. The economists said about this during the discussion at Media Center.
“No one would dare to discuss the issue of territories surrender in the Repubic of Nagorno Karabakh (NKR)," Garnik Isagulyan, Consultant of NKR Permanent Representation in the Republic of Armenia, said during the discussion at Media Center while speaking about the last visit of Serj Sargsyan to NKR.
During the war situation it is necessary to make a decision and limit the unofficial visits of current high officials and high-ranking officials of the last five years out of Armenia. Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of the Board of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), said about this during the discussion organized in Gyumri by Media Center.
“Again we have to state that the police in Armenia works not by laws but by instructions. I can clearly state that there was an instruction as other initiatives were also held before such as the demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy a day before.
“The PanArmenian Declaration adopted on January 29, 2015 can be considered the new stage during which the recognition process gradually moves to the legal political and claiming field on the state level,” Ashot Melkonyan, Director of the Institute of History of RA National Academy of Sciences, said during the discussion at Media Center.
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.