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Armenia’s National Football Squad Closes Year in 79th Place

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13:34, December 18, 2014

According to the latest FIFA rankings of national football teams released today Armenia came in 79th, a drop of two spots, with an overall score of 436.

In December 2013 Armenia was ranked 35th in the world. By January of the following year it had slipped to 38th place but jumped to 30th, its best ranking ever, just one month later. It’s been downhill ever since.

World champion Germany remains in first place followed Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain and Uruguay.

As for Armenia’s competition in the qualifying round in Group I for Euro-2016, Denmark was today ranked 30th in the world, Portugal (tied with France for 7th place), Serbia – 38th, and Albania – 58th.

Investigation Is Not Bullet-Proof

December 17, 2014 Armenia, Georgia No Comments
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00:01, December 17, 2014

By Nino Bakradze

One fact is certain: Merab Arevadze was killed on May 17, 2012 while on the job as a ranger working in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park in the Republic of Georgia.

Georgian courts have ruled that Arevadze died when a horse ridden by a hunter named Davit Mchedlidze injured him. An autopsy indicated Arevadze bled to death from damage to the main artery in his left pelvis; evidence suggests the damage may have been caused by two bullets.

So was he killed by a horse? Or did somebody shoot him?

More than two years later, the answer is still unclear. Crucial evidence has gone missing, and a powerful police official denies that he interfered with the investigation, even as he denies his son was involved in Arevadze’s death.

Akhalkalak Store Owners Demonstrate; Demand a Lifting of Fines

December 15, 2014 Armenia, Business, Georgia No Comments
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13:40, December 15, 2014

Some 100 shop owners are demonstrating today outside the Akhalkalak Regional Administrative Building, demanding that recent fines levied against them be nullified.

One of the demonstrators told JNews: “They fined me four months ago. I have a   food stall and also sell small metal items. They fined me 48,000 Lari. I don’t know why and neither do they. I took the matter to court in Tbilisi and am still awaiting a decision. I won’t open my shop until the matter is resolved. I won’t celebrate New Years, but neither will I open the shop.”

The new site also reports that a delegation of the business owners will be meeting with Georgian Finance Minister Nodat Khaduri to convey their grievances. They will also raise immigration issues at the meeting.

Armenian Family Repatriated From Azerbaijan


An Armenian couple and their three young children unexpectedly returned to Armenia on Friday almost five years after fleeing to Azerbaijan in dramatic circumstances.

Yeghishe Gevorgian, his wife Ruzanna, two sons and daughter were escorted by officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as they crossed the Azerbaijani-Armenian border in the morning. The repatriation was agreed with relevant authorities in the two warring nations.

Gevorgian drove his family to Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan exclave in January 2010 through a heavily militarized border checkpoint located about 50 kilometers southeast of Yerevan. The Armenian military said at the time that its soldiers manning the Yeraskh crossing, closed to traffic ever since the start of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, did not fire on Gevorgian’s old van because it carried the children then aged 3, 6 and 7.

Armenian Firm Wins "Software of the Year" Competition at GITI 20214

December 12, 2014 Armenia, Asia, Europe, Georgia No Comments
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12:17, December 12, 2014

Armenian Software LLC won the “Software of the Year” competition held at the Georgian Information Technologies Innovation  (GITI) annual regional conference held on November 6-7 in Tbilisi.

The company’s AS-Accountant 6 system was found to be the best nominee in the category.

The motto of the GITI 2014 was “Partnerships for Competitiveness, Innovation and Cyber Security”. The major objective is to establish and promote effective partnerships among the public and the private sectors, associations and other IT&T industry related organizations in the Central and East Europe, Baltic States, Caucasus and Middle Asia region to promote competitiveness, innovation and security..

 More than 400 participants from 20 countries attended the conference this year.

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Defendant in Armenia’s Biggest Drug Bust Testifies He Was Offered $100K

December 12, 2014 Armenia, Business, Georgia, Turkey No Comments
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12:33, December 12, 2014

At yesterday’s trial of Armenia’ biggest drug bust to date, one of the two men charged in attempting to smuggle 850 kilos of heroin into Armenia from Iran by truck on January 17, 2014, testified that he was offered US$ 1000,000 for the job but that he refused.

This is what Osman Oğurlu, a Turkish citizen who is accused of organizing the transport of the aforementioned quantity of drugs to Turkey via Armenia in cahoots with two brothers, also Turkish citizens, told the Syunik Regional Court in Goris yesterday.

Eurasian Union ‘No Hurdle’ To Georgian-Armenian Ties

December 11, 2014 Armenia, Asia, Europe, Georgia, Top News No Comments

Armenia’s upcoming membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) will not damage its relations with Georgia, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said on Thursday after talks with his visiting Armenian counterpart Hovik Abrahamian.

“We pointed out that Georgia and Armenia have close political and economic links, and the fact that Armenia will join the Eurasian Union in January and Georgia has signed an association agreement with the European Union will not affect our relations,” Gharibashvili told a joint news conference in Tbilisi. “We will on the contrary use that in the interests of our countries.”

“We are paying special attention to maintaining the existing trade regime between the two countries and further developing bilateral economic ties,” added the 32-year-old premier.

Two Chinese Citizens Arrested in Yerevan for Organizing Sex Trafficking Scheme

December 11, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Georgia No Comments
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16:16, December 11, 2014

Armenia’s Investigative Committee (IC) has launched criminal case regarding four citizens of China who were brought to Armenia under false pretense and made to work in the sex trade.

The IC reports that the four were lured to Yerevan and Georgia with the promise of high salaries working as masseurs in October of this year and held at a hotel in Yerevan where they were forced to engage in sexual acts until December 9.

Two Chinese citizens were detained on December 10 for masterminding the scheme.

The criminal case was launched yesterday based on Article 132, Parts 1 & 2 of the RA Criminal Code:


Some Javakhk Armenians Will Have to Pay $50 and Have 5,000 Lari in the Bank to Get Home

December 10, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Georgia No Comments
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12:47, December 10, 2014

Citizens of Armenia may now enter Georgia without a visa for a short-term stay not exceeding 90 days (in any 180 day period) but will have to pay US$50 in consular fees to get a visa for more 90 days.

This is according to the new Georgian visa policy as of September 1, 2014.

The list of required documents isn’t too complicated for a short-term visa. To stay more than 90 days, however, one must have 5,000 Georgian Lari in a bank account. This translates to 1.238 million AMD or US$2,706.

The cash requirement is a real problem for many Javakhk Armenians with foreign citizenship

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John Balian’s “Novel Approach” Brings the Armenian Saga to the Masses – An interview with John Balian by Lucine Kasbarian

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Armenians often wish for a tale about the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath that would make a blockbuster film and draw attention to their cause. John Balian’s new book, Gray Wolves and White Doves (CreateSpace/Amazon.com), may be that tale.

 Largely autobiographical, this atmospheric novel is presented through the eyes of an innocent young boy trying to make sense of the world as he grows up amid repressive conditions in Western Armenia/Eastern Turkey during the 1960s and 70s.

 This fast-paced, multi-layered narrative takes readers from Hanna Ibelin’s (a.k.a. Jonah Ibelinian’s) close-knit family life in the perilous Asia Minor region of Palu to terror and tragedy while en route to Syria’s Kamishli, to a bleak existence on the mean streets of Istanbul.

New Children’s Picture Book From Armenian Folklore

Teaneck, N.J. and Belmont, Mass. –  An Armenian folktale retold by Armenian-American writer Lucine Kasbarian and illustrated by Moscow-based artist Maria Zaikina debuts with Marshall Cavendish Children’s Publishers in April 2011.

The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale is from the ancient Armenian oral tradition and culture, which was nearly obliterated during the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in 1915. The author learned the tale from her father, editor and columnist C.K. Garabed, who would recite it to her at bedtime. He had learned it from his own grandmother, a celebrated storyteller from the Old Country.  The tale was first put to paper by Armenian poet Hovhannes Toumanian at the turn of the 20th century.

“We Need To Lift The Armenian Taboo”

Turkish writer and publicist Ahmet Insel labels the initiative of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party to pray namaz on the ruins of Ani as provocation.

In an interview with “A1+,” the publicist said the initiative was supported only by a small percentage of Turks.

“They offered namaz in Ani in protest against Christian rites carried out in Trabzon and Akhtamar. The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahceli said if Christians are allowed to pray inside museums, similarly he can pray namaz in Armenian churches,” said Ahmet Insel.

The Turkish writer arrived in Armenia to participate in a book festival. Presentation of Armenian version of Dialogue sur le tabou arménien (Dialogue about the Armenian Tabou) co-authored by Ahmet Insel and Michel Marian was held during the festival.

US Media Discusses The Armenian Genocide

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA –  KFI 640, a popular news/talk radio station hosted by Bill Handel on September 23 aired a live interview with Michael Bobelian, the writer of a new book titled  Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice

The book chronicles the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and recounts a people’s struggle for justice in the face of a century of silence and denial.

During the interview, which was aired during the prime morning time slot, Bill Handel addressed both the efforts within the United States to ensure that the US government appropriately acknowledges the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s ongoing denial.

Handel, a well known and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, has discussed the Armenian Genocide during past shows.

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Ukraine: Cops Go After Casinos, Suggest Yanukovych Connection

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21:45, December 15, 2014

Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs has launched a campaign against illegal casinos amid fears that a large network of underground gambling dens could be providing an income source for the son of the country’s disgraced former president Viktor Yanukovych.

The new crackdown on unlawful casinos – an ongoing scourge for law enforcement agencies in Ukraine since regulation was made stiffer with a 2009 law – was launched on Dec. 8 after an announcement on Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov’s official Facebook page.

Avakov, who keeps a lively and occasionally angry Facebook commentary on current affairs, pledged to put a complete stop to the establishments within ten days; first in the capital of Kyiv, then the rest of the nation.

Yerevan Calling: A Weekly Roundup of Random Musings from Armenia

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13:05, October 3, 2014

Here it is dear readers, the debut of a weekly column I hope to maintain on a regular basis.

It’s sort of a catch-all of news snippets, irreverent commentary, and personal observations on what’s happened during the week here in Yerevan, and throughout Armenia.. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting, if not slightly diverting.

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Regards – Hrant

Oct. 2 – Protests Throughout Armenia: A Game of Numbers & Solidarity

Three separate protest rallies took place in Armenia today.

As Hetq reported earlier, business owners in the town of Sevan kept their stores and factories shut to protest changes to the so-called volume (sales) tax. Local residents flocked to the bread factory to wait on line for a loaf or two.

China: President Takes Action Against High Ranking Corrupt Officials

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21:31, July 30, 2014

Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s most powerful former leaders, is under investigation in the highest-level corruption inquiry since the Communist Party came into power in 1949.

Under current president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is investigating Zhou for “serious disciplinary violations,” as the officialXinhua news agency reports. Media has not yet, however, specified the allegations against him.

The probe is an attempt to show the length to which Xi and the party will go in order to combat abuse of power reportsThe Wall Street Journal. 

A commentary published in the officialPeoples Daily makes the point that regardless of  an official’s rank or supporters, punishment will result for violating laws or the party’s discipline. 

Armenian Gangs: Caught between an Archetype and a Cliché

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19:15, July 12, 2014

By Marineh Khachadour

“The whole thing started with a scene straight out of a mobster movie. It was around 6 p.m. when more than a dozen men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a North Hollywood parking lot. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly went mobile. The men took off in cars, exchanging fire as they weaved through the Whitsett Avenue traffic.”

Stories such as this are not unique to Armenians in the American press, but this investigative report recently published in the LA Weekly is about Armenian Power, the Los Angeles based Armenian gang that operates in the heavily Armenian populated communities of Glendale, Burbank, and North Hollywood.

Want to Write for Hetq?

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10:24, March 14, 2014

I’m looking for freelancers who can broaden the scope of Hetq’s English edition

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Politics, Civil Society, Interviews…

Anything interesting happening in your local community you’d like to share?

Write to me with your ideas and story suggestions.

Hrant at hg.hetq@gmail.com

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