Tajikistan introduces military service exemption tax

Young men in Tajikistan who wish to forgo the dreaded experience of military service may now do so by paying a fee to the government. This opt-out provision came into effect on February 4 under changes to legislation regulating conscription, Eurasianet writes in the article Tajikistan: Military service exemption tax comes into effect. A representative at the Defense Ministry told Eurasianet that the size of the fee is not yet known and will later be calculated by the government

Yerevan State University rector hospitalized

Yerevan State University (YSU) Rector Aram Simonyan has been taken to hospital, YSU spokesperson Gevorg Emin-Teryan wrote on his Facebook page.  A protest action is in progress at YSU since yesterday morning. YSU …

Youth protesting as Yerevan sends students to war

Armenia’s National Assembly adopted the draft law "On military service and the status of serviceman" in the second and final reading. The new legislation is expected to abolish temporary exemptions from military service. …

Protesting students declare hunger strike in Yerevan

Five of the Yerevan university students, who have refused to attend classes in protest of the bill that curtails the right of military deferment in Armenia, have declared a hunger strike, 'For the Development of Science' initiative member …

Armenian students continue protests in Yerevan

For the past four days students from different universities in Yerevan have been staging demonstrations protesting a new law passed by parliament that would eliminate deferment from Armenia’s mandatory military service for students …

Iftar in Berlin

Conflicts can be resolved with the help of inter-religious dialogue