Interviews

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Larisa Alaverdyan: Mass migration from Armenia is a result of government policy

Interview with Larisa Alaverdyan, secretary of the “Heritage” parliamentary faction.- On March 1 the opposition held a demonstration commemorating the tragedy of 2008. How do such demonstrations resemble people’s attitude to the political situation in the country?- Our elite are corrupt and demoralized. The national wealth is being used inappropriately. The elite are afraid of any social movement. This explains why the mass media repeatedly reports about conspiracies, spy scandals and so on.

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Hovhannes Igityan: "Armenia is moving in the opposite direction from the European Union"

Board member of the Armenian National Movement Party, the chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations in 1995-1999, Hovhannes Igityan, told VK about some tendencies in the perception of Armenians abroad, and described recent developments in relations between Armenia and the EU. - By the nature of your work you spend most of the year abroad. Arethere any changes in the perception of Armenia abroad and, if so, whatare they?

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Ruben Safrastyan: 'Russian military base increases geopolitical weight of Armenia'

The Constitutional Court of Armenia declared that the treaty on Russian military base presence in Armenia has legal power. Amendments introduced into the treaty in 2010 implicate the extension of the treaty terms for 49 years. Expert  Ruben Safrastyan tells VK about significance and  prospects of this treaty. - How would you comment on the prolongation of the treaty? - I think it is a positive factor if we take current geo-political status of the South Caucasus into consideration.

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David Petrosyan: "No bicameral parliament in Armenia"

A lot of people nowadays are discussing the initiative to establish an Armenian senate, which will be a second chamber in the parliament of Armenia. Senators will be elected from the members of the Armenian diaspora abroad. The VK correspondent in Yerevan has asked David Petrosyan, a political analyst of the Noyan Tapan news agency, to share his opinions on the issue.

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Grigor Arutjunyan: Resignation of the authorities because of public pressure enables the holding of fair elections

The secretary of the Armenian National Party and member of the Armenian National Congress, Grigor Arutjunyan, told VK about the parliamentary elections of 2012. He believes that the resignation of the authorities due to public pressure is the best opportunity for holding fair elections in Armenia.- Will the Armenian National Party participate in the parliamentary elections 2012? If yes, in what format?

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Interview with Belkis Bakharsiyeva

The second part of the interview with Belkis Bakharsiyeva, a Chechen designer currently working in Germany under the trademark "Zabbari" - What does "Zabbari" mean? Why didn't you use your own name as a trademark like all designers do?

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Leila Unus: "Azerbaijanis are tolerant, but we cannot forget the lesson of January 20"

On January 20, Azerbaijan remembers the tragedy of 1990. On January 19-20 the Soviet Army occupied Baku. As a result, 133 people were killed, 744 - injured, 841 - arrested and 5 - missing. Since then January 20 has been the Day of National Grief in Azerbaijan. Leila Unus, human rights defender, head of the Peace and Freedom Institute in Azerbaijan was a member of executive body of the National Front in those dark days.- What were the reasons for events of January 20, 1990?

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Vladimir Dorokhin: "Border unites us, not separates"

Ambassador of Russia to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin tallies up 2010 .- How do you characterize 2010 in terms of the development of relations between Baku and Moscow? What niche is occupied by Azerbaijan in Russian foreign policy?

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Sharmazanov: "We will not allow a color revolution in Armenia"

An interview by the press-secretary of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, deputy of the National Assembly, Eduard Sharmazanov. - How does the Republican Party explain the reasons for the Armenian President's refusal to go to the NATO summit in Lisbon?

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European integration remains an Armenian foreign policy priority, as well as development of relations with the USA and Russia. Primeminister Tigran Sarkisyan has recently said that eurointegration has no alternatives. Director of the Institute for Caucasian studies, Alexander Iskandaryan, answers questions concerning relations between the EU and Armenia and prospects of Armenian integration into Europe.

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