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Armenia - Deputy Defense Minister Ara Nazarian (R) addresses the Armenian parliament, Yerevan, 2Jul2015.

Armenian Parliament OKs Russian Loan For Arms Supplies

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.

Russia -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference after a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart in Moscow, June 8, 2015

Russia Warns Against ‘Politicizing’ Armenian Protests

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.

Armenia - Paruyr Hayrikian (L) and his supporters carry European Union flags on Marshal Bagramian Avenue, Yerevan, 2Jul2015.

‘Provocative’ EU Flags Anger Yerevan Protesters

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.

Armenia - An activist addresses protesters on Marshal Bagramian Avenue, 30Jun2015.

New Leaders Take Over ‘Electric Yerevan’ Protests

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.

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“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.”


Planned Rise In Yerevan Water Price Abandoned

A French-run company managing Yerevan’s water distribution network has abandoned attempts to slightly raise the price of its drinking water following a much sharper rise in energy tariffs that sparked angry protests in the Armenian capital.

Russian Energy Firm Blames Yerevan For Armenian Subsidiary’s Troubles

The Russian owner of Armenia’s power distribution network has blamed Armenian state regulators for its massive financial losses, saying that electricity prices in the country should have risen faster over the past decade.

Gyumri Massacre Suspect To Stand Armenian Trial

A Russian soldier accused of murdering the seven members of an Armenian family in Gyumri in January will be tried by an Armenian court, state prosecutors in Yerevan officially confirmed on Tuesday.

Armenian Police Chief Reaches Out To Protesters

Just two days after threatening a violent crackdown, Vladimir Gasparian, the flamboyant chief of the Armenian police, praised on Tuesday the “craziness” of young people continuing to occupy a key Yerevan street in protest against an electricity price hike.


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Վիդեո Cars Join Yerevan Electricity Rate Protest

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)


Վիդեո Young Activist Rises To Forefront In Armenian Protests

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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Young Activists Electrify Armenia: Lessons Learned…

When a group of young Armenians spontaneously gathered in Yerevan’s Liberty Square 10 days ago to challenge the planned increase of electricity rates, no one expected their protest to reverberate around the world.
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