Young Scientists Take To Street Against Funded Pension Reform (Video


18:26 | March 17,2014 | Politics

Employees of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia today took
to the street in protest against the controversial pension reform
in Armenia.

Sergey Abrahamyan, a junior research fellow at the Institute of
Informatics, says he received 116 000 drams after the deductions.

The young scientists today gathered outside the NAS building and handed
a letter to NAS President Radik Martirosyan. They demand that the NAS
wait till the ruling of the Constitutional Court which is scheduled
to start hearing on the issue on March 28.

The group was received by Svetlana Mnoyan who said Radik Martirosyan
was not in the building and promised to give him the letter personally.

However, the protesters later learnt that Mr. Martirosyan was in the
NAS building and was aware of the protest.

“Who are those staffers and why did they come here? I do not know
any of them,” said the NAS President.

Asked why he avoided meeting journalists and NAS employees, Mr.

Martirosyan said, “There is an order, I have numerous tasks to

Asked whether he was pressurized to make deductions from employees’
wages and transfer to the special funds, the NAS President said,
“No pressure was exerted on us. We do the same thing as other agencies
and institutions do.”

He promised to forward the copy of the letter to the Constitutional

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