The National Assembly formally allowed the Armenian government on Thursday to borrow $200 million from Russia for purchasing new and advanced Russian weapons for Armenia’s armed forces.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov deplored on Thursday what he described as attempts to exploit the continuing street protests in Armenia against an electricity price hike for political purposes.
Paruyr Hayrikian, a veteran Armenian politician and Soviet-era dissident, scuffled with angry youth activists in Yerevan late on Thursday after joining their nonstop demonstration against an electricity price rise with European Union flags.
Protesters continuing to occupy a central Yerevan avenue chose on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday new leaders who pledged to reinvigorate their campaign for the cancellation of a controversial rise in Armenian electricity prices.
“Many are now wondering why the Armenian authorities are not dispersing the Marshal Bagramian Avenue demonstration in the morning or afternoon hours when the number of people present on the avenue is quite small,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.”
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Cars clogged roads in Armenia's capital on June 26 as protesters found new ways to express discontent over a planned rise in electricity rates. Ongoing demonstrations by thousands of protesters have blocked the avenue near the parliament and presidential residence. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
Vaghinak Shushanian celebrated his 24th birthday this week among thousands of fellow protesters fighting rising electricity prices in Armenia. Shushanian is already a veteran activist who advocates for change on a wide range of social causes.
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