15 նոյեմբեր, 2018 18:18 The ARF’s pre-electoral list and its century-old electoral record On December 9, 2018, 11 political parties and alliances, applied to the Central Electoral Commission for the upcoming snap parliamentary elections. In the coming days and weeks, we will present the electoral past of all 11 groups. We start with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF). 15 նոյեմբեր, 2018 00:11 Armenia Elections: A Timeline of Upcoming Events Armenians will go to the polls to elect a new parliament on December 9. The election comes after a formal dissolution of the National Assembly, triggered by the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, following which parliament failed to elect a new prime minister twice. This is an outcome Pashinyan himself hoped for and it was one of the demands of the Velvet Revolution.
14 November, 2018 16:54 Belarusian President “Reports” to Azerbaijani Ambassador Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko discussed the appointment of the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization CSTO with Azerbaijani ambassador on November 12 at his residence in MinskYuri Khachaturov, representative of Armenia, has served as the Secretary General of CSTO since 2017 but was called back by Armenian authorities last month Khachaturov was charged in Armenia of toppling the constitutional order in the 2008 postelection period, while he was the Deputy Minister of Defense Khachaturov, therefore, can no longer hold the position of SecretaryGeneral of the CSTO Armenia is supposed to hold the position until 2020Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, members of the CSTO, agreed in 2015 that their representatives would take turns running the organization on a rotating basis They appointed Armenia’s Yuri Khachaturov as CSTO secretary general in 2017
During the CSTO summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on November 8, representatives of Armen
14 November, 2018 16:10 Photostory: Bushels of Hope in Yerevan’s GUM Market “Gumi Shukah,” or GUM Market is an indoor marketplace in Yerevan where vendors sell fresh fruit, vegetables, spices, nuts and coffee beans. The large warehouse also houses booths that sell clothing, shoes and household products.

On the way to the market, a kilometer away from Republic Square, Norayr, a taxi driver, explains that police officers no longer stop drivers without reason to collect bribes. He says the country has changed in the months since the Velvet Revolution which he attributes to Nikol Pashinyan, the opposition leader turned prime minister who led the movement.
13 November, 2018 20:59 Velvet Hopes in Nagorno Karabakh Conflict Settlement After Armenia’s Velvet Revolution of April-May 2018, which resulted in Nikol Pashinyan's government coming into power, several moves appeared in Armenian-Azerbaijani relations.

The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan met for the first time in the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit in Dushanbe, in late September. The two leaders agreed to establish an operative connection.

Pashinyan explained that any information of mutual interest could be transmitted through this channel.
13 November, 2018 10:58 Georgia’s Ruling Party in Disarray Following Presidential Election Setback Two months ago, Georgia’s leaders professed themselves supremely confident that the nominally independent candidate the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party had chosen to support would win a convincing victory in the 28 October presidential election. In the event, French-born former Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili finished less than 1 percent ahead of her closest challenger, Grigol Vashadze of the former ruling United National Movement (ENM) that Georgian Dream defeated in the October 2012 parliamentary election. 12 November, 2018 22:41 Republican Party of Armenia Will Participate in Parliamentary Elections The Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) will take part in the December 9 parliamentary elections. The news was announced by the party’s vice president and ex-Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan.
Vigen Sargsyan was elected as the First Vice President of the party at the party council's session on Sunday. Prior to the Velvet Revolution of April-May 2018, the post was occupied by former Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.
Vigen Sargsyan told journalists on November 11 that he will be heading the party’s list in December’s parliamentary election. He headed the party’s list In the 2017 parliamentary election as well.
12 November, 2018 09:34 The “Great War” which did not end in the East․ Vicken Cheterian If you ask me whether there is a link between the deportees walking in the hot summer of 1915 in the Syrian desert southwards, and the refugees of 2012 escaping barrel-bombs northwards, I would intuitively say yes, there should be one, but as a historian I would say “we don’t know”. We, historians, simply did not pose this question.

9 November, 2018 20:56 US and France Welcome Constructive Contacts Between Armenia and Azerbaijan US and France welcome the recent constructive contacts between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission to the OSCE, Gregory Macris and French Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Stephane Visconti have issued statements related to the Nagorno Karabakh peace process.

9 November, 2018 11:34 The Three Armenian Captives in Azerbaijan Must Be Saved From the standpoint of journalistic ethics, this was not acceptable. And when we returned to the CivilNet office, one of my colleagues criticized us for it. A few days later, we went to Tsovinar Village on the shore of Lake Sevan, where the Armenian army officer, 42-year-old Sargis Abrahamyan, had been buried. Abrahamyan, a father of three small children, was killed on the way to Karvachar in an attack by an Azeri subversive-intelligence group. We made a report titled “An Interrupted Story. Major Sargis Abrahamyan”. It was very hard to talk to the parents, the wife of the murdered, and especially the children. 6 նոյեմբեր, 2018 11:27 Georgian Orthodox Church takes aim at Armenian churches The official stance of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Orthodox Church in Georgia is that Tandoyants was “illegally transferred” to the Georgian Patriarchate last year. “Before the eyes of the Georgian Armenians [...] the houses of faith built by our ancestors [...] continue to be robbed,” it said in a statement issued in early 2018, as part of the Armenian Diocese’s ongoing legal battle over ownership of historical Armenian churches in Georgia. The Armenian Diocese compares the current situation to the Bolshevik seizure of churches in the 1920s, calling them “twice plundered: for the first time during the Soviet occupation, and the second time, in independent Georgia”

Tandoyants is not the only historic Armenian church the Georgian Patriarchate has targeted. In fact, there are at least six others the Patriarchate has its sights set on, according to EMC.
5 November, 2018 22:43 Metsamor, a Timeless Town Katharina Roters is a photographer based in Budapest, Hungary. Together with Sarhat Petrosyan, she has co-edited the book “Utopia and Collapse: Rethinking Metsamor - The Armenian Atomic City”, published in 2018.

CivilNet’s Ani Paitjan talks with Katharina Roters about the rise and fall of the city of Metsamor.