Home » Georgia » Latest Armenian News:

Colonel -General Gourgen Dalibaltayan Dead at 89

September 1, 2015 Armenia, Georgia No Comments
Image 62360.jpg

15:01, September 1, 2015

Colonel-General Gourgen Dalibaltayan, who served as Chief of the General Staff of Armenia’s Armed Forces during the 1992 Battle of Shoushi, died today at the age of 89.

Dalibaltayan was born on June 5, 1926 in the town of Bogdanovka (present-day Nnotsminda) in the Samtskhe-Javakheti district of Georgia.

He became the first Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia after the country regained its independence in 1991.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

Prosecutor Generals of Armenia and Georgia Met in Tbilisi

August 26, 2015 Armenia, Georgia No Comments
Image 62264_b.jpg

11:38, August 26, 2015

Armenia Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan met with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Badashvili in Tbilisi and the two discussed ways to widen effective cooperation between their offices, especially regarding crime prevention.

Kostanyan’s delegation will depart Tbilisi for Astana to participate in a coordination council of CIS member state prosecutor generals.

Photo: Gevorg Kostanyan, Giorgi Badashvili

Source: HetqOriginial Article

Four Citizens of Armenia Die in Georgian Highway Accident

August 21, 2015 Armenia, Georgia No Comments
Image 62196_b.jpg

14:19, August 21, 2015

Four citizens of Armenia were killed in a highway accident in the Samtredia region of Georgia yesterday.

The car in which they were in hit an oncoming car. The Georgian driver of the other car also died on the scene.

Two other Armenia citizens and two Georgians, all passengers, were taken to hospital and listed in serious condition.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

No decrease in price for gas and new monopolies for “Gazprom Armenia”

August 20, 2015 Armenia, Georgia No Comments
Image 62167.jpg

10:54, August 20, 2015

Yesterday the RA Government session endorsed the project of replenishing the sale agreement of “HayRusGasArd” and the agreement on order of price formation during natural gas delivery signed between Armenia and Russia on December 2 of 2013 by one protocol each.

The first one gave new privileges to “Gazprom Armenia” and the second one determined the new tariff for gas on the border.

New Monopolies

Instead, new monopolies are given to “Gazprom Armenia” by this agreement. Article 1 of the agreement stipulates that “Gazprom Armenia” will be given preference for exporting electricity to Iran and Georgia by Iran-Armenia and Georgia-Armenia high-voltage electric transmission lines still under construction.

Turkey: Erdogan Threatens Tit-for-Tat in Extradition Row with Germany

August 17, 2015 Armenia, Europe, Georgia, Turkey No Comments
Image 62118.jpg

22:48, August 17, 2015

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has issued a blunt threat to Germany: if Germany doesn’t extradite two Turkish prosecutors pronto, Turkey may refuse extraditions that Germany might want in the future.

Zekeriya Oz and Celal Kara, the two prosecutors in question, launched the 2013 corruption probe which shook Erdogan’s governmentto the core when, on Dec. 17, 2013, it alleged that government officials had been buying oil from Iran, despite UN sanctions.

Shortly thereafter, four ministers from Erdogan’s ruling AK Party resigned: Muammer Guler (Interior), Zafer Caglayan (Economy), Erdogan Bayraktar (Environment and Urbanization), and Egemen Bagis (European Union affairs). The ministers were never prosecuted as Parliament voted to uphold their immunity.

Summer Vacationing in Armenia Remains an Expensive Proposition

August 17, 2015 Armenia, Europe, Georgia No Comments
Image 62115.jpg

17:38, August 17, 2015

By Lilit Tadevosyan

Come summer and many are faced with the perpetual dilemma of choosing a place to vacation.

Residents in Armenia must decide whether to stay or travel outside the country. Oftentimes, it comes down to a matter of cost.

A cursory perusal of what’s available in Armenia for a vacationing family reveals that the options are quite pricey. The resorts in Dilijan, Tzaghkadzor and Sevan are way beyond the reach of the average vacationer.

For example, the daily double room rate at a mid-level hotel at Dilijan or Tzaghkadzor is 35,000 AMD (US $73), and 40,000 AMD at Sevan.

Iran, Armenia Sign New Energy Deal

August 11, 2015 Armenia, Georgia, Top News No Comments

Less than a month after reaching a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Iran has committed itself to financing a new energy project with Armenia that should significantly increase Armenian electricity exports to the Islamic Republic.

The chief executives of the state-run Export Development Bank of Iran (EDBI) and an Armenian energy company signed an agreement in Tehran Sunday on the construction of a third power transmission line connecting the two neighboring countries.

“The EDBI will provide $91 million of a total of $117 million needed to construct the power line,” the Iranian news agency Fars on Monday quoted the bank’s managing director, Ali Salehabadi, as saying after the signing ceremony.

Yerevan ‘Unaware’ Of Fugitive Turkish Prosecutors


Immigration authorities in Yerevan on Tuesday did not confirm reports that two Turkish prosecutors who led a high-profile investigation into alleged corruption around President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inner circle have fled to Armenia to avoid arrest.

Zekeriya Oz, the former chief prosecutor of Istanbul, and his colleague Celal Kara reportedly fled Turkey on Monday, just before the arrest warrants were issued for them on charges of an attempted violent overthrow of the government. According to the Reuters news agency, Turkish media published pictures that appeared to show Oz and Kara leaving the country.

A statement from the governor of Turkey’s northeastern Artvin province bordering Georgia said the two men crossed into the Georgian Black Sea region of Ajara before proceeding to Armenia. According to “Hurriyet Daily News,” official Ankara asked the Georgian authorities to track down and extradite them.

Armenian Mineral Water: Huge Reserves, Untapped Potential

August 11, 2015 Africa, Armenia, Georgia No Comments
Image 61998_b.jpg

11:23, August 11, 2015

Walk down the aisle of any store or supermarket in Armenia and you’ll have a hard time spotting any of the fancy imported mineral waters so common in New York, Paris or London.

Rather, you’ll see counters stocked with local brands bottled from the vast reserves located in Jermuk, Dilijan, Bjni, Arzakan, Arzni and Hankavan. There are also reserves in Gavar, the town of Ararat, the village of Litchk and elsewhere.

Given such reserves, local producers have no problem filling domestic market demand.

In 2014, 58.6 million liters of mineral water was produced, a 35.6% increase over 2013 (43.2 million liters).

RSS International News By CNN

CNN International Explores the Secrets of Armenia’s Stone Henge


Recent Comments

RSS Middle East News By BBC

RSS Sports News By The Huffington Post

  • College Football Player Used Drugs Before Texas Police Shooting: Autopsy
    (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519001291&height=381&width=570&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=false&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00 […]
  • US Open and Bill MacPhail
    Forty-eight years ago, Bill MacPhail, then in charge of sports at CBS, signed a deal with the US Tennis Open to carry its tennis matches, men's and women's, on the CBS network. That deal died last year and in 2015 you'll have to watch them on ESPN. I knew Bill MacPhail from 1976 until his death in 1996. In the late seventies he helped me get s […]
  • Sony, Back In The Crosshairs, Defends 'Concussion'
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, "Concussion." The question surrounds just how hard-hitting is "Concussion," […]
  • Andy Roddick On The Ugly Truth Behind How We Treat Serena Williams
    Retired American tennis player Andy Roddick won't be playing at the U.S. Open this year (despite the best wishes of some fans), but he is watching the matches closely, especially those of Serena Williams, the tournament's defending champion -- the only champion who's been forced to deflect accusations of match-fixing and body-shaming takedowns […]
  • 'Concussion' Director Pushes Back Against New York Times Story
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, "Concussion." The question surrounds just how hard-hitting is "Concussion," […]
  • Hey NLRB, Do You Think College Football Players Are Employees Now?
    Last week it was revealed that the University of Cincinnati and Virginia Tech football programs were fining players for disciplinary reasons, including missing a team breakfast, or a tutoring session, skipping a class, drawing a personal foul penalty, etc. The gist of the schemes was that the fines would be paid by withholding money from the athletes' n […]
  • Tennis Pro Mardy Fish Pens Post On His Struggle With Anxiety
    "Don’t play.” I am hours away from playing in the biggest tennis match of my life: the fourth round of the U.S. Open … on Labor Day … on my dad’s birthday … on Arthur Ashe … on CBS … against Roger Federer. I am hours away from playing the greatest player of all time, for a chance at my best-ever result, in my favorite tournament in the world. I am hours […]
  • Ohio Reviewing High School's Use Of Caged Live Tiger Mascot
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The tiger cub being used to continue a high school football team's live-mascot tradition this season stays at an out-of-state facility, meaning it doesn't quite fit under the exemption created for it when Ohio tightened rules on possession of dangerous animals, the state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. The exemption was m […]
  • Dikembe Mutombo Looked Like The Happiest Man On Earth After Hawks Announced His Number Retirement
    Making Dikembe Mutombo happy is a universally good thing. A wildly philanthropic man with a huge heart, Mutombo was once named the most generous athlete in the world by Fox Sports. His relationship with society is purely symbiotic -- a rarity today, but one that deserves all the recognition available. So when Sept. 1 was declared “Dikembe Mutombo Day” in Ful […]
  • So, How Do You Feel About Vince Wilfork In Overalls?
    If you haven't caught up to this season of HBO's "Hard Knocks," allow us to give you the only recap you need: Vince Wilfork is a gem, a treasure and the breakout star of this year's series.  To begin, we were reintroduced to the 12-year veteran in the season premiere with the All-Pro defensive tackle calling himself "a modern-da […]

Our Sponsors


Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.


Featured Books

Book Reviews

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

Gray Wolves and White Doves cover art

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.


Capitalism Run Amok Is Just Plain Capitalism

Image 58171.jpg

16:37, January 17, 2015

By Markar Melkonian

The source of Armenia’s misery and humiliation, we often hear, is not capitalism per se, but rather “gangster capitalism,” “a broken system,” “capitalism run amok.”

The goal for the future, then, is to “fix the system,” to reform capitalism, to make it more like regular, pure, genuine Free Enterprise, the kind of capitalism that works. But what if Armenia’s actually existing capitalism already is genuine capitalism?

An economist once observed that the only existential meaning of “enterprise” in the term free enterprise is “whatever capitalists happen to be doing at the time”–and “free” is the accompanying demand that they be allowed to do it.

Ukraine: Cops Go After Casinos, Suggest Yanukovych Connection

Image 57806.jpg

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

Image 56686.jpg

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

Image 55858.jpg

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

Image 55647.jpg

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.