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Body of Russian serviceman found in Gyumri

The body of a man in a military uniform was found near a shop in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri. The body was found not far from the 102nd Russian military base located in the city. On arriving at the scene, the ambulance doctor said the serviceman was already dead. The deceased was identified as Dmitry Yalpayev (born in 1996).

According to preliminary reports, he served at the 102nd Russian military base.

An investigation is underway.


Pupils organize flashmob: Let us love and cherish our planet

Many countries in the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Pupils of Secondary School N2 in Armenia’s southernmost town Meghri organized a flashmob which was entitled “Let us protect our planet.”

“The duty of each of us is to love and protect our mother nature and the main source of life – the earth. Let us save our planet before it’s too late …. Let us love and cherish our planet,” said the pupils.


Yerkir Tsirani party rallies people in markets and streets

On the second day of the campaign for the May 14 municipal elections in Yerevan, Zaruhi Postanjyan’s Yerkir Tsirani party rallied supporters in Yerevan’s Malatia-Sebastia district. They talked to tradespeople and passers-by, who spoke about their concerns and complaints, and asked questions about the party’s manifesto.

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On April 23, Yerkir Tsirani will join the torch procession in memory of the Armenian genocide vicitims which will start from Liberty Square and conclude at the eternal fire of Tsitsernakabert, the Armenian Genocide Memorial.

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US congressman: Recognition of Armenian Genocide will help the people of Turkey, too

“The United States has to recognize the first genocide of the 20th century to help the people of Turkey,” U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said as he called on the Congress to properly recognize the Armenian genocide of 1915.

“Germany was able to understand its own history and become a powerful, prosperous and democratic country, where many people would like to live. Unlike Germany, Turkey continues denying the Armenian Genocide and is on its way to an extremist, authoritarian and Erdogan-style state,” Brad Sherman said.

The congressman said he will not remain quiet as long as the U.S. House of Representatives recognizes the Armenian Genocide because genocide denial is the last step of the genocide.

“Genocide denial is the last act of a genocide and the first step in the next genocide. It is our duty to honor and dignify those who lost their lives, to pay respect to their living relatives, and to ensure that these horrible events never happen again. There is no need to remind you that Hitler once convinced his subordinates that they can avoid responsibility for Holocaust just as the Ottoman Empire managed to avoid responsibility for the genocide.”


Sergey Smbatyan to conduct the Münchner Symphoniker

On April 23, the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Sergey Smbatyan, will conduct the Münchner Symphoniker in Germany. The first cooperation-concert of the conductor and the orchestra is entitled “Friendship”.

The concert program will include compositions by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. The soloists Mari Samuelsen (violin) and Håkon Samuelsen (cello) will perform with the orchestra.

Sergey Smbatyan will also conduct the Münchner Symphoniker on April 28, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia said on its website.


Edward Topchyan: There are such works which will cause the death of a dog

“Sometimes we have to perform this or that piece of music and no one comes to listen it,” Conductor Edward Topchyan said in reply to the question why the Philharmonic Orchestra does not perform the works by contemporary composers.

“There are such works which will cause the death of a dog if it eats them. No one comes to listen to them, even composers do not come,” Mr Topchyan added.

The conductor says it is wrong to include only Armenian music in the repertoire of Opera House. “We do not have any work by Mozart or Rossini, only something vague by Puccini,” he said adding that nationalism must not emphasized in music.

In his turn, Conductor Karen Durgaryan stressed the need to spread Armenian music around the world. “No one in the world knows Alexander Spendiaryan or Ghazaros Saryan. Few have heard about Aram Khachatryan. European stages became accessible to us after the collapse of the Soviet Union.”


Torchlight procession honoring Armenian Genocide vicims to be held on April 23

A traditional torchlight procession in memory of Armenian Genocide victims will be held in Yerevan at 7:30 on April 23.

The annual procession organized by the youth and student unions of theArmenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun and Youth Foundation of Armenia, will go through downtown Yerevan and conclude at the eternal fire of Tsitsernakabert, the Armenian Genocide Memorial.


April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Various events and campaigns are held worldwide on this day to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 as International Mother Earth Day on April 22, 2009. The resolution, spearheaded by the Bolivian Government and supported by over 50 Member States, noted that Earth Day is observed each year on 22 April in many countries. The Assembly invites all Member States, the entire United Nations system, regional and subregional bodies and non-governmental organizations “to observe and raise awareness of International Mother Earth day, as appropriate.


Will Hrachya Harutyunyan be extradited to Armenia?

The fate of Hrachya Harutyunyan, an Armenian truck driver sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in prison by a Moscow court, will be discussed with the Deputy Minister of Justice. The news was relayed to A1+ Company by Victor Martirosyan, the father of Harutyunyan’s wife.

Harutyunyan is serving his prison term in Tambov’s penitentiary institution in Russia and has been in custody for four years.

The meeting with the official will be held on Tuesday. Victor Martirosyan thinks they will discuss Harutyunyan’s possible extradition.

On July 13, 2013 the gravel-loaded truck driven by Hrachya Harutiunian, an Armenian citizen working in Russia, collided with a packed commuter bus outside the Russian capital. The impact of the crash was so powerful that the bus had split in two. The accident claimed 18 lives and injured more than forty others.

The investigation revealed that the accident resulted from poor maintenance of the truck resulting in a brake malfunction. Harutyunyan, according to investigators, was to know about it.

On August 4, a Moscow district court sentenced Hrachya Harutyunyan to six years and nine months in prison on charges of “violating traffic and vehicle operation rules, which unwittingly led to the death of two or more persons.” And the Moscow Municipal Court upheld this verdict.


Are you happy with the state of public transportation? Yelk members say in Avan district

Candidates of Yelk alliance in the May 14 municipal elections in Yerevan are holding a campaign rally in Avan administrative district.


Rain to stop in the second half of Arpil 24

Occasional rain and thunderstorm is expected in most regions of Armenia in the evening hours of April 23 and on the night of April 24. Rain is expected in Vayots Dzor, Syunik and Artsakh in the daytime of April 24, in Lori, Tavush and Syunik on April 25. No precipitation is expected on April 26 and 27.

During thunderstorm, the wind speed may exceed up to 20-25 m/s.

The air temperature will drop by 6-8 degrees on April 24-26 and go up by 2-3 degrees on April 27.

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Occasional rain is expected in Yerevan on April 23 and 24. No precipitation is expected in the Armenian capital on April 25-27.

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Police officers escort member of Sasa Dzrer group even during his treatment

Hovhannes Harutyunyan, a member of the Sasa Dzrer group that seized a police building in Yerevan in July 2016 demanding the release of its jailed leader, has started his treatment at the Armenian Red Cross International Rehabilitation Centre

“He is in high spirits and has begun to eat,” Harutyunyan’s lawyer Hayarpi Sargsyan told A1+ Company.

Hovhannes Harutyunyan received gunshot wounds in a firefight between the opposition gunmen and police near the seized police compound on July 26. He still has 18 metal fragments in his leg. The lawyer says Hovhannes is always escorted by police officers, even during the presence of doctors.

The treatment will last 30 days after which doctors will gather again to decide whether there is a need to continue the treatment or not.

As reported earlier the European Court of Human Rights gave the Armenian government until April 18 to answer its questions concerning Hovhannes Harutyunyan’s health. The lawyer does not know what reply the government has given to the Court.


Ararat Khandoyan had eye surgery

Ararat Khandoyan, the brother of Arayik Khandoyan (nicknamed Lone Wolf), was taken to the Nubarashen prison immediately after having eye surgery at the Ophthalmologic Center after S. V. Malayan , his lawyer Ara Gharagyozyan informed A1+.

The lawyer says no problems arose after the operation. Ararat Khandoyan received an eye injury on July 20 during the clashes between demonstrators and riot police on Khorenasti street after the police applied special means to disperse the protesters backing the armed members of the Sasna Dzrer group remained barricaded in a police station in Erebuni district which they seized on July 17.

Ararat Khandoyan, who is charged with organizing mass disturbances, has been in custody for eight months.

The next court hearing in the case is slated for April 27.


Wyoming becomes 45th US State to recognize Armenian Genocide

In a letter dated April 21, 2017 and addressed to the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR), Wyoming Governor Matthew H Mead has recognized the Armenian Genocide and praised the work of Armenian American grassroots, Asbarez reports.

“The atrocities of both the Armenian and Jewish Holocausts were unimaginable,” reads Governor Mead’s letter, “but it is important for all to remember – history must not repeat itself.” The letter also recalls a meeting with senior ANCA-WR staff earlier this year, when Executive Director Elen Asatryan and Community Development Coordinator Simon Maghakyan visited Cheyenne, adding that “The work of the Armenian National Committee is inspiring.” Referencing the upcoming April 23 commemoration in Denver, Governor Mead concludes his letter with, “My thoughts are with you as you gather for the Colorado State Capitol Armenian Genocide Commemoration.”

“We thank the Governor of the Great State of Wyoming for standing on the right side of history and adding his voice to the ongoing need to recognize and commemorate the Armenian Genocide,” remarked ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian. “This recognition is a tribute to the memory of our ancestors and a celebration of the brave work of many Wyomingites who supported the national Near East Relief effort of building and operating 400 orphanages for over 132,000 Armenian children who survived the genocide. Last but not least, this recognition is a testament to the tireless work of our grassroots activists and dedicated staff,” continued Hovsepian.


Almost all political forces were satisfied with election results – Aram Karapetyan

A1+ Company has interviewed Aram Karapetyan, Chairman of the New Times Party (NZhK).

Why didn’t people take to the street after the April 2 parliamentary elections?

Watch the video to know Mr Karapetyan’s opinion


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