“I consider the Crimea referendum a large sociological survey, and I consider it a manifestation of some will, but never free will. I do not assess it as a referendum, although the media, especially the Russian propaganda media and US, European and Armenian media call it a referendum" - Vladimir Horbach, political analyst of the Institute of Euro Atlantic Cooperation, said today at the “Media Center” discussion.
Community rehabilitation centers working with juvenile offenders or minors under police surveillance have not operated since January due to the suspended international funding and the absence of any support from the government.
Armenia manages to take a neutral stance on the Ukrainian issue between two geopolitical forces – Russia and the West, director of “Noravank” scientific-educational foundation Gagik Harutyunyan and chairman of “Modus Vivendi” centre Ara Papyan said.
“There will be no war in Crimea. It was clear that Russia would play its own game, and Crimea would be a part of that game. And Russia is dictating its own preferences ahead of the game, before the conflict is solved”, Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute is convinced.
The “March 1: the Unsolved Crime” event initially planned as a debate was held as a discussion: RPA deputies Margarit Yesayan and Mkrtich Minasyan made a last minute cancellation of their previously confirmed participation. ANC deputy Aram Manukyan, lawyer Seda Safaryan and human rights defender Vardan Harutyunyan took part in the discussion.
"Women in Armenia hold positions that are considered to be in the secondary sector. The issues that women in Vanadzor face are not unique in comparison to Armenia’s other regions y but there is a higher rate of unemployment," says Sophia Babayan, head of the Center for Gender Studies at Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.