Sports: Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to have access-all-areas film released about his life

The Sun, UK
Oct 23 2017

Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to have access-all-areas film released about his life

The 60-minute programme will show the former Borussia Dortmund star's journey from the streets to the highest level of football

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN is the subject of a new film that shows his incredible journey from the streets to the stadiums.

The 60-minute access-all-areas programme has been produced by MUTV's award-winning documentaries team.

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Mkhitaryan was born in the Armenian capital Yerevan

'Micki: An Armenian Hero' will be launched soon on MUTV and fans can subscribe on the club website.

The film will cut no corners and will include the catastrophic death of his 33-year-old father, Hamlet.

It had always been the 28-year-old's dream to follow in his fathers footsteps by becoming a professional footballer.

He now plays as a midfielder for Premier League giants Manchester United and captains the Armenia national team.

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Mkhitaryan in action against Eduardo Salvio of Benfica

Mkhitaryan has been named Armenia Footballer of the Year seven times and is continuing to flourish under the management of Jose Mourinho.

He started his career at FC Pyunik at just 17-years-old, before moving on to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010.

Following a spell with Borussia Dortmund, he completed a switch to the Red Devils for a fee reported to be around £30million.

This made him the first Armenian in history to join a Premier League club and he is now regarded locally as 'The Pride of Armenia'.

Sports: Mkhitaryan film coming soon to MUTV

Manchester United, UK
Oct 23 2017
23/10/2017 15:00, Report by Mark Froggatt

Manchester United’s midfield Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the subject of a brand new film that has been produced by MUTV’s award-winning documentaries team.

Coming soon to your club channel, the 60-minute access-all-areas programme will highlight Micki’s incredible journey from the streets of his homeland to the highest levels of club football, including the untimely and tragic death of his 33-year-old father, Hamlet, due to a brain tumour.

It was always Henrikh's dream to follow in his dad's footsteps by becoming a professional footballer and he realised that in 2006 by appearing for FC Pyunik, aged 17. He then joined Metalurh Donetsk and was made the youngest club captain in their history, before sealing a move to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Four seasons at Shakhtar led to his transfer to Borussia Dortmund and he won plenty of admirers throughout his spell in Germany, including Jose Mourinho, who head-hunted the forward during his first summer in charge of United, leading to Micki’s emergence as a star at Old Trafford.

As the first Armenian to join a Premier League club, Heno – as he is known to friends – has since become known as a major figurehead in the country. To many people, his professionalism and successes represents the ‘new Armenia’ and he is regularly described as ‘The Pride of Armenia’.

‘Micki: An Armenian Hero’ is coming soon to MUTV and fans can subscribe now via


Sports: Armenian boxers start EUBC Youth Championships with victories

PanArmenian, Armenia
Oct 23 2017
Armenian boxers start EUBC Youth Championships with victories

The EUBC Youth Championships kicked off on Saturday, October 21 in the Turkish town of Antalya, with the Armenian boxers snatching victories in their first bouts.

Benik Nikoghosyan, in particular, defeated Italy's Armando Casamonica, while Toni Galstyan beat Adam Trncak of the Czech Republic, both reaching the 1/8 elimination round.

Armen Mashakaryan, also representing Armenia, lost his first bout and was left out of the tournament.

Sports: Armenian weightlifting team comes the first at the European Championships, returns home with 32 medals

Panorama, Armenia
Oct 23 2017
Sport 14:50 23/10/2017Armenia

The Armenian weightlifting team recorded an outstanding result winning 32 medals, including 18 gold, 8 silvers, and 6 bronze at the U-20 and the U-23 European Weightlifting Championships held from October 15 -21 in Durres. Albania

As the country’s ministry of sport and youth affairs reported, in the U-20 tournament the representative of Armenia Arpine Dalalyan, competing in the 90+ weight class, was named the European champion with a total score of 228kg, claiming small gold medals both in the snatch and the sneak and jerk.

In the 75kg weight category, Sona Poghosyan of Armenian claimed the title of the European Champion. In the men’s competition of the U-20 tournament Simon Martirosyan claimed gold medal in the 105+ kg weight category, with a total score of 433kg, winning the gold in both events.

In the men’s competition of the U-23 tournament Gor Minasyan, competing in the 105+ kg weight class, Karush Ghukasyan – in the 94kg weight class, and Andranik Karapetyan – in the 85kg weight class, were declared European Champions.

Meanwhile Simon Martirosyan and Andranik Karapetyan were named the best athletes of respectively the U-20 and U-23 tournaments and awarded with special prizes.

The final results placed the Armenian national team the first at the championships with the most number of medals won during the competition.

Azerbaijani Press: Armenians in panic, see modern Azerbaijani weapons everywhere – Defense Ministry

APA, Azerbaijan
Oct 23 2017

Overwhelmed with fear and panic, Armenians see modern Azerbaijani weapons everywhere, including Spike guided anti-tank missile systems, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told APA.  

 “Having killed an Azerbaijani soldier shortly after the Geneva meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents, the Armenian side is seeking to cover up [the consequences of] its provocations and divert the international attention from its crimes,” the Defense Ministry stressed.

 “During the April battles in 2016, the Azerbaijani army adequately retaliated against the enemy. And now, with the weapons and military hardware at its disposal, our army is ready to re-demonstrate its power to the enemy,” the Defense Ministry warned.  

 The Armenian side reported on Oct. 22 that the Azerbaijani army used artillery pieces, including Spike anti-tank missile system on the frontline. 

Azerbaijani Press: Another tourist visit of "head" of illegal regime in Nagorno-Karabakh to Brussels failed

Trend, Azerbaijan
Oct 23 2017
20:55 (UTC+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 23

By Bakhtiyar Hajiyev – Trend:

An attempt by “representatives” of the illegal regime established in the occupied Azerbaijani territory – Nagorno-Karabakh to participate in the fourth “congress” of Armenians of Europe held last week in the European Parliament building in Brussels, which was organized by the Armenian diaspora, failed.

So, despite the fact that the “head” of the illegal regime, Bako Sahakyan, and his assistants arrived in Brussels and wanted to take part in the “congress”, this was stopped. Thus, the desire of these “representatives” to address the event was not destined to come true.

The question arises: what is the purpose of Armenia in carrying out such provocations? The fact is that the occupying country wants to create the appearance that allegedly European institutions recognize the illegal regime, and for this purpose, whenever possible, attempts are made to organize visits of “representatives”, “leaders” of this regime to Brussels. As it is known, all these attempts have failed completely in recent years.

Despite the fact that Sahakyan arrived in Brussels on October 18-19 as a “guest” of the fourth congress of Armenians in Europe, he was not even allowed to go to the European Parliament building where the event was held, he was not received at local executive bodies and the federal parliament. Bako Sahakyan concluded his tourist visit to Belgium with meetings with representatives of Armenian diaspora organizations, as well as “meetings” held in the Armenian church in Brussels.

At another meeting, organized by the lobbying organization “European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy” led by businessman, millionaire Gaspar Karapetyan, Bako Sahakyan was unofficially received by 3-4 regional MPs. The parliaments of the Brussels capital region and the Flemish region, in which the MPs are represented, stressed that these informal meetings are solely the initiative of the MPs themselves and have nothing to do with the activities of parliaments.

It should be reminded that earlier these MPs, under the influence of the Armenian lobby in Belgium, illegally visited the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan with the “organizational support” of Gaspar Karapetyan, and also organized the slanderous actions of the Armenian lobby in Belgium.

Thus, despite the efforts of the Armenian lobby, Bako Sahakyan’s attempts to impart “legitimacy” to the illegal regime during his Brussels visit failed.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

ARF Supports Law Against Domestic Violence in Armenia

A 2011 march in Little Armenia to end violence against women in Armenia, organized by the United Human Rights Council of the Armenian Youth Federation of the Western United States (Photo: Nora Yacoubian)

ARF Leader: ‘I Do Not See [the Law] as a Danger to Our ‘Traditional’ Family Values’

YEREVAN (Armenian Weekly)—Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Supreme Council representative Aghvan Vardanyan said on Thursday that a proposed bill against domestic violence is not a threat to traditional Armenian family values and that the ARF will support the adoption of the law.

“The heated discussions and the many opposing views—even regarding our society’s value system—are evidence that problems exists within our society. Any manifestation of violence is reprehensible, especially if it is taking place in the family,” Vardanyan noted during an interview with Yerevan-based Yerkir Media.

According to Vardanyan, a law against domestic violence is crucial for Armenia. He noted that the ARF will suggest minor amendments and clarifications to the law.

Vardanyan said that he would like to see more emphasis put on the prevention of domestic violence, in particular.

In the interview, Vardanyan said that the ideas of traditional, national values have been widely discussed since the proposed bill was announced, and that there is a difference between real national values and what he called “pseudo-nationalism.”

“Unfortunately, pseudo-nationalism—which does not stem from our traditional image, our national ideology, or our worldview—is often more prevalent [in Armenia],” Vardanyan said. “The ARF has a value system and it is not pseudo-nationalism.”

According to Vardanyan, the Armenian people have historically been very progressive. “Unfortunately, the absence of statehood, our environment, and our surroundings have often taken us off track. In this regard, I believe that the idea of domestic violence prevention actually stems from our national ideology. The system of values of [12-13th century Armenian scholar and priest] Mkhitar Gosh, who addressed this very issue; of [Armenian mystical philosopher, and theologian Saint Grigor] Narekatsi, [Catholicos Nerses] Shnorhali—not of today’s rabiz singers, or pseudo-nationalists,” he noted.

Vardanyan went on to say that domestic violence must be prevented, to ensure a healthier society. The ARF leader also noted that he agreed with Gyumri-based Archbishop Mikael Ajapahyan—a high-ranking clergyman of the Armenian Apostolic Church, who recently voiced support for government efforts to combat domestic violence—and Armenian intellectual Ruben Babayan, who recently called for further awareness and education surrounding domestic abuse.

“There are families full of love and harmony and there are families in which the most extreme cases [of domestic violence] manifest. These [cases] must be prevented,” Vardanyan noted.

According to Yerevan’s Women’s Resource Center, more than 50 Armenian women have been beaten to death or otherwise killed by their husbands or other relatives in the last five years. “This trend shows no signs of decline… I think this is a very serious number and this process [of a enacting a law] must not drag on further,” said representative Anahit Simonian.

The proposed law was drafted by Armenia’s Justice Ministry last year. If passed, the bill will introduce criminal and administrative liability for specific cases defined as domestic violence. It would also obligate the state to protect victims by providing them with special shelters or banning their violent spouses from approaching them and their children.

Two Australian Lawmakers Call Out Azerbaijan

The Hon. David Feeney (ALP) on the left and Government MP, John Alexander (Liberal) on the right (Photo: ANC-AU)

CANBERRA, Australia – Following meetings with the Armenian National Committee of Australia’s (ANC-AU) largest ever Advocacy Week delegation, two Members of Federal Parliament rose in the House of Representatives on Thursday to condemn Azerbaijan for failing peace in Nagorno Karabakh.

Opposition MP, the Hon. David Feeney (ALP) blasted government Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who after a recent visit to Azerbaijan spoke in favor of the oil-dictatorship’s “territorial integrity” when referring to Artsakh. His speech also exposed the Azerbaijani Laundromat saga, which has revealed the “cash for favorable coverage” campaign being run by the Aliyev regime in Western countries.

Government MP, John Alexander (Liberal) followed Feeney, exposing the fact that the Republic of Artsakh is ready for extra monitoring to promote peace in their region, but Azerbaijan was not.

Feeney, who is the Member for Batman in Victoria, said: “In recent weeks leaked data has revealed that Azerbaijan’s ruling elite operated a secret $2.9 billion scheme to launder money and pay prominent Europeans, including journalists and politicians.”

“This unfolding scandal shows that the Azerbaijani leadership, already accused by Amnesty International and other NGOs of serial human rights abuses, systemic corruptions and rigging elections, made more than 16,000 covert payments from 2012 to 2014 through a network of opaque British companies.”

“Investigations led by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project have revealed that these illicit payments, using reputable banks and secret companies, aimed to buy political influence and launder Azerbaijan’s international image. Just this week, the ASIO annual report warned that foreign governments have been attempting to shape the opinions of the public and the media in covert influence operations.

Snapshots from Advocacy Week in Australia (Photo: ANC-AU)

Turning to Fierravanti-Wells’s contribution to this issue, Feeney added: “New South Wales Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells visited Azerbaijan recently. Upon her return she stated on the public record, ‘Australia is a forthright supporter of Azerbaijan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and strongly supports Azerbaijan’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh.'”

“This bold statement rewrites Australian foreign policy and disregards Australia’s longstanding support of the OSCE Minsk Group peace efforts for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on the principles of equal rights and the self-determination of people. I urge the senator to not give in to caviar diplomacy.”

Alexander, who is the Member for Bennelong, told the House of Representatives: “On 17 October the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe called for a meeting with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to discuss the de-escalation of tensions on the border of the still unrecognized Armenian-populated Republic of Artsakh, previously known as Nagorno-Karabakh.”

“Since the ceasefire between the two countries in 1994, the OSCE has been responsible for promoting negotiations, ceasefire monitoring and conflict resolution.”

He explained: “Three immediate priorities for the de-escalation of tensions have been proposed. The first is the removal of snipers along the line of contact, the second is the increase in the number of OSCE monitors in the region and the third is the establishing of gunfire locator systems as an investigative measurement to determine which side is responsible for future ceasefire violations.”

“These suggestions apply to both sides of the conflict. Armenia is ready to accept the OSCE recommendations; Azerbaijan is not. OSCE suggested that confidence- and security-building measures are a prerequisite for not only the advancement of negotiations but also the stabilization of the region through deterring future aggression.”

“As an OSCE Partner for Co-operation, Australia has a role to play.”

The two speeches completed a week of advocacy for the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU), where issues including justice for the Armenian Genocide, Artsakh’s rights for self-determination and more local community issues, including refugee resettlement, were discussed with over 30 legislators and bureaucrats.

“We thank Mr. Feeney and Mr. Alexander for their statements,” said ANC-AU Managing Director, Vache Kahramanian. “It is a groundbreaking day for Artsakh advocacy in Australia when two politicians from the country’s two major parties rise consecutively to condemn an aggressive and corrupt Azeri regime, while promoting the rights to self-determination that will bring peace and protect the Armenians of the Nagorno Karabakh region.”

On the evening of Tuesday 17th October, a special screening of the Armenian Genocide-era Hollywood epic, The Promise took place at the Australian Parliament House (click here to read report).

The 11-strong ANC-AU delegation was joined by ANC America Communications Director, Elizabeth Chouldjian, who is the organization’s guest speaker at its Annual Banquet on Friday, 20th October.

Watch video of Feeney statement by clicking here.

Watch video of Alexander statement by clicking here.

Nominal salary in Armenia for 9 months of 2017 slightly accelerated growth rates – from 2.2% to 2.4% per annum

ARMINFO News Agency, Armenia

Nominal salary in Armenia for 9 months of 2017 slightly accelerated
growth rates - from 2.2% to 2.4% per annum

Yerevan October 21

Karina Melikyan. Nominal wages in Armenia slightly accelerated the
rate of growth - from 2.2% in January-September 2016 to 2.4% in
January-September 2017, amounting to 189928 AMD ($ 394). Only in
September, nominal wages increased by 0.6%, against 0.1% growth in
September 2016. In September 2017 compared with September 2016,
nominal wage growth accelerated to 2% from 1.1% in September 2016 by
September 2015.

According to preliminary data of the National Statistical Service of
Armenia, wages in the public sector in January-September 2017 was
160135 AMD ($ 332), unchanged year-on-year, against the decline of
0.7% a year earlier. At the same time, wages in the private sector
continued to slow down the growth rate, to 3.1% from 4.4% a year
earlier, to 225950 AMD ($ 468). Only in September 2017, wages in the
public sector fell by 0.3%, and in the private sector, on the
contrary, it increased by 1.4%, while a year earlier in the same
month, growth was recorded on salaries of civil servants (by 0.4%)
with a decline in salaries in the private sector (by 0.2%). According
to statistical data, in Armenia the growth of economic activity in
January-September 2017 to the same period of 2016 accelerated from
1.6% to 5.1%. Only in September 2017, economic activity increased by
10.1% with an annual growth of 2.5%, against last year's September
growth of 7% and an annual decline of 2.4%.

The average calculated exchange rate for AMD was 478.24 AMD/USD1 in
September 2017, and in January-September it was 482.59 AMD/USD1,
against 474.10 AMD/USD1 in September 2016 and 481.03 AMD/USD1 in
January -September 2016, 481.07 AMD/USD1 - in September 2015 and
477.71 AMD/USD1 - in January-September 2015.

The Armenian President and the head of the foreign policy department of Poland discussed the Armenian- Polish cooperation in Yerevan

ARMINFO News Agency, Armenia

The Armenian President and the head of the foreign policy department
of Poland discussed the Armenian- Polish cooperation in Yerevan

Yerevan October 21

Tatevik Shahunyan. President Serzh Sargsyan received Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Witold Jan Waszczykowski.

The President of the Republic welcomed the guest and noted that he was
glad to receive it in the jubilee year for the two countries and
nations, when, at the same time as the 25th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Poland, the
650th anniversary of the formation of the Armenian community of Poland
was celebrated. Serzh Sargsyan expressed gratitude to the friendly
Polish people and the Polish authorities for caring for part of the
Armenian people and for the cultural heritage of Armenia. The
President of the Republic highly appreciated the warm message
addressed to the Armenian community in connection with the 650th
anniversary of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the
resolution adopted yesterday in the Senate of that country on the same
issue. Serzh Sargsyan stressed that Armenia attaches great importance
to deepening relations with Poland both in bilateral format and within
the framework of cooperation with The EU.

Minister Waszczykowski expressed gratitude to President Serzh Sargsyan
for the reception and remembered with warmth the meeting and
productive negotiations of the Presidents of Armenia and Poland in New
York in the framework of the UN General Assembly on September 19 this

Witold Waszczykowski presented to the President of the Republic the
purpose of his visit to Armenia and the results of today's meeting
with his Armenian counterpart. The interlocutors, apart from the
bilateral Armenian-Polish relations, also touched upon the RA-EU
cooperation, the forthcoming Brussels summit and the expectations of
Armenia from this summit.

The President of Armenia noted that Armenia attaches great importance
to deepening relations with the EU, stressing that as a result of
cooperation with the Union in Armenia in recent years quite
large-scale reforms have been implemented and the RA-EU relations
registered tangible progress. Serzh Sargsyan stressed the important
role of Poland in strengthening the RA-EU relations within the
framework of the Eastern Partnership.

At the meeting, the interlocutors also touched upon the negotiation
process for the peaceful settlement of the NK problem.