Joseph Karapetian, an Armenian war veteran of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is barely able to feed his family of nine on the $123 dollars he receives from the state.
Karen Minasian from RFE/RL’s Armenian Service visited his family in the village of Mayisian in Armenia’s Armavir region.
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A married couple in Armenia has named their firstborn child in honor of the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose political party had initiated a law – passed through both houses of the country’s parliament recently – criminalizing any public denial of what is recognized in France as the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
ISTANBUL — Turkey has responded angrily to a French legislative vote on criminalizing genocide denial by halting some military cooperation with France, highlighting Ankara’s long-standing refusal to recognize the mass killings of Armenians at the twilight of the Ottoman Empire as genocide…[READ MORE]
Tensions are rising between France and Turkey.
French lawmakers have proposed a bill making it a crime to deny the killing of more than a million Armenians by Turks at the time of World War I was genocide.
The bill proposes a one-year prison term and a fine of 45,000 euros ($59,000) to anyone denying the killings were genocide.
YEREVAN — Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) says it will not take disciplinary action against or criticize a controversial governor accused of assaulting a woman, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports.
Eduard Sharmazanov, the chief HHK spokesman and a deputy parliament speaker, pointed out on December 19 that law-enforcement authorities’ had concluded that Surik Khachatrian’s actions did not break the law.
The Special Investigative Service (SIS) said last week that Khachatrian, who runs the southeastern Syunik Province, did hit businesswoman Silva Hambardzumian at a Yerevan hotel on November 14, just days after she accused him of business-related fraud…[READ MORE]