Exhibition on Hrant Dink’s life and struggle to open in Yerevan
09:10, 5 May, 2022
YEREVAN, MAY 5, ARMENPRESS. An exhibition on Hrant Dink’s life and struggle will open May 7 until July 30 at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art in Yerevan.
The Hrant Dink: Here and Now exhibition is organized by the Hrant Dink Foundation on the 15th anniversary of the assassination of the editor-in-chief of Agos Newspaper Hrant Dink.
Hrant Dink was assassinated in Istanbul in front of his newspaper’s office on January 19, 2007.
The former office of Agos Newspaper, where thousands gather every year on the day of his assassination to commemorate and demand justice, opened its doors to visitors on April 23-24, 2019 as the 23.5 Hrant Dink Site of Memory.
23.5 promotes the universal values embraced by Hrant Dink such as democracy, co-existence, equality, truth, peace and justice. With its exhibits, archives and public programs, 23.5 acts as a space for remembrance, reflection, dialogue, learning and mutual understanding.
The site of memory takes its name from Hrant Dink’s article ‘23.5 April’, which was published in Agos on April 23rd, 1996.
The Hrant Dink: Here and Now exhibition is an extension of 23,5, said Talin Suzme, Turkey-Armenia Programme Coordinator at the Hrant Dink Foundation.
Hrant Dink will be the narrator and the guide telling his own story and his path of righteousness. Separate corners of the exhibition will be a focus on themes such as memory, justice and minority rights in Turkey.
Hrant Dink Foundation project coordinator Armenuhi Nikoghosyan said the exhibition will make Dink’s voice heard in different parts of the world and present his path of struggle.
“In Turkey, Hrant Dink was speaking about topics which weren’t that much acceptable then. His voice was silenced, but his family is doing everything they can to make Hrant Dink’s voice heard all over the world. Democracy, freedom of speech, justice, these are the issues that concern not only Turkey but other countries,” she said.
She added that the civil society is now under pressure in Turkey, and many NGOs are working in difficult conditions, facing various formal inspections and procedures.
The Hrant Dink Foundation has also faced problems. In 2020, the Dink family lawyer received threats, but many people stood by the foundation and only then legal processes were initiated.
10:51, 5 May, 2022
YEREVAN, MAY 5, ARMENPRESS. EMERGE 2022 international tech conference will be held in Yerevan, Armenia, on June 1-2.
The event will be attended by over 2000 IT sector representatives from USA, countries from Western and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia.
The speakers include representatives from TechCrunch, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Snap Inc., Pinterest, Google Deepmind, Glovo and many other international companies.
The conference aims at introducing specialists, founders and investors on IT development trends, as well as becoming a platform for forming networks between top specialists.
The speeches will focus on two directions – #trendwatching and #founderstories.
The participants also will have an opportunity of matchmaking – a face to face meetings with speakers and investors.
Another key component of the conference is the annual EMERGE CHALLENGE competition, the winners of which will receive investments and awards by Amazon Web Services. During last year’s conference the startups attracted over 5 million Euro investments.
EMERGE conference is dedicated to new technologies, startup issues and global IT trends.
The conference will take place in Gabriel Sundukyan Theater of Yerevan.
English is the official language of the event.
Among speakers are Mike Butcher (TechCrunch, Techfugees), Aliona Doletskaya (journalist, ex-Vogue) Davit Baghdasaryan (Krisp), Kris Farber (Openface), Mikayel Vardanyan (Picsart), etc.
Tickets are available online.
Conference partners are Dom-Daniel, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Inecobank, Semrush, the Untitled, Vibranium VC, BigStory VC, Team Telecom.
ArmInfo. All issues of the internal political life of the country should be resolved exclusively in the legal and constitutional field within the framework of appropriate democratic procedures. Alexei Zaitsev, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, stated this at a briefing on May 6, answering a relevant question.
Recalling that this is an internal affair of Armenia, Zaitsev stressed that Moscow is interested in the stability and peaceful development of the allied republic.
"As for linking current internal events with the process of Armenian-Azerbaijani normalization, as we understand, this is not about the attitude of the opposition to tripartite agreements, but about the perception of certain statements by the Armenian leadership," Zaitsev said.
He stressed that Russia actively contributes to the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, primarily through the implementation of all the provisions of the tripartite statements of November 9, 2020, as well as January 11 and November 26, 2021, also the conclusion of a peace agreement between Yerevan and Baku. Earlier, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, referring to the processes in Armenia, noted that this is an internal affair of the union republic. At the same time, he stressed that Moscow is interested in the soonest stabilization of the situation on the territory of Armenia, due to the fact that it is a partner country of Russia.
It should be noted that on April 17, thead of the "I have the honor" opposition parliamentary faction Artur Vanetsyan launched an open-ended protest action on Freedom Square in Yerevan in defense of Nagorno- Karabakh and demanded the resignation of the current Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and his team. He called on everyone to join his protest action. His initiative was supported by the "I have the honor", "Armenia" opposition factions, as well as the "5165" party. Since May 1, a tent camp of opposition forces has been set up on France Square, demanding the resignation of Pashinyan and his team. Activists of the movement have been spending the fifth night on the street. Traffic is blocked not only along the central roads of Yerevan, but also key regional transport hubs.
12:17, 5 May, 2022
YEREVAN, MAY 5, ARMENPRESS. During today’s Cabinet meeting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan commented on the rumors about how the government became the owner of the Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine.
“Some consider this a suspicious, corruption deal. This is very surprising. If any ruler or a ruler’s cousin became the owner of that property with offshore, no one would worry, as it always happened, but when the state acquired property seems doubtful, I don’t know why.
What is suspicious? An investor, who acquired share from the old shareholders, decided to make a donation to Armenia, and Armenia gratefully accepted that donation”, the PM said.
Recently in the Parliament the Prime Minister said that “the Republic of Armenia, the people are the owner of the Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine”.
(MENAFN- International Mixed Martial Arts Federation)
From May 7-8, the Armenian MMA Federation will host its 2022 National Championships. The tournament will take place at the Dynamo Arena in Yerevan, Armenia. Youth categories A, B and C will take place along with a senior tournament.
The competition will determine a national team for Armenia that will aim to compete in the upcoming IMMAF tournaments. The Armenian Federation held its first tournament since the Covid lockdown was lifted in May of last year. They have been actively working on the development of the sport since.
Armenia actively competed in IMMAF competition in 2021, building on their first-ever IMMAF appearance in 2019. They had three entries at the 2021 Youth World Championships, as well as two entries at the European Championships in Arman Avanesyan and Levon Tsatryan .
Speaking ahead of the event, Armenia MMA Federation's President, Garegin Aghabalyan, explained the importance of the event.
“This is going to be the pivotal event of the year. The result of it will lead us to create a national team for all ages. We expect many participants as MMA gets more and more popular in Armenia. We'll create a strong national team to participate in Youth World's, European and subsequently World Championships.”