Armenia issues postage stamp honoring San Diego Nobel Prize winner

June 13 2022

Armenia on Tuesday issued a postage stamp that honors San Diego’s Ardem Patapoutian, the Armenian American biologist who shared the 2021 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for helping discover cell receptors that enable people to sense heat, cold, pain, touch and sound.

Patapoutian traveled to Yerevan, the capitol of Armenia, for a ceremony showcasing the stamp, which features a drawing of the scientist’s face, with his Nobel Prize in the background. He is the first Armenian to win a Nobel.

He later took to Twitter to say, “Thank you #Armenia for shining a limelight on #science and honoring scientists. Yes! This is an actual stamp with my face on it, tweeps! I am trying to figure out how to process all this…”

Patapoutian later told the Union-Tribune by email: “It is pretty surreal! If anyone told 18-year-old me that my face would be on a stamp I would have felt mocked. This is very special to come from Armenia; as a kid I used to collect Armenian stamps!”

Armenian officials said the the stamp was printed by the French printing house Cartor, and that 20,000 of the stamps are expected to go into circulation.

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Leading International and Armenian Companies Focusing on Ecosystem Solutions Join Orion Summit 2022

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ArmInfo.Orion Summit 2022 will be held in Yerevan, Armenia, on June 22. The summit agenda focuses on the presentation of ecosystem solutions and encouraging their implementation in Armenian companies. Ecosystem solutions enable businesses and individuals operating in any sector to offer a wide range of services.

 

Considering the vital role of Orion Summit in the creation and development of ecosystems in Armenia, Ameriabank, Armenia’s leading financial and technological institution of the country, joins Orion Summit 2022 as a Platinum sponsor to combine efforts in highlighting the role and significance of digital ecosystems.  

 

Ameriabank is the only company in the Armenian financial market to have introduced a set of digital ecosystems, thus, acting as a pioneer in providing comprehensive solutions tailored to the needs of its customers, through dedicated digital platforms.

 

“Appreciating Orion Summit’s role in the creation and development of ecosystems in Armenia, we readily joined the Summit to highlight the importance of it as well as to share our expertise in building a set of digital ecosystems and solutions. Orion supports the development of independent startups while we create a startup environment and establish startups right within the company. And now we are joining efforts to highlight Armenia's digital potential. At the same time, by participating in the Summit, we want to emphasize the need for the change in people’s mindset, and corporate culture of companies”, – said Artyom Shamtsyan, Ameriabank's Chief Innovation and Digital Officer.

 

The Orion Summit which will be held in Yerevan will be attended by companies from technology, financial and other sectors, prominent businessmen and founders of internationally recognized startups, investors, consultants and experts. Visitors and guests will have great opportunity to listen to speakers from leading international companies, including Adobe, SADA, Embodied, cognaize, Scylla, Grand Thornton, Startup Lithuania and others.

 

“The Summit will cover trending topics in technology and business, which are essential also for Armenian startups. Orion Summit is turning into a platform for deals. We start with Yerevan, next year it will take place in New York and then in Frankfurt. The goal is to give Armenian startups an opportunity to network and cooperate with the largest global companies”, – said Diana Arzumanyan, Co-founder of Orion Worldwide Innovations Armenia. 

 

Mark Chenian, a renowned expert in investment banking and financial advisory, is the keynote speaker at the Summit.  Emma Arakelyan, founder of Orion Worldwide Innovations, Diana Arzumanyan, Co-founder of Orion Worldwide Innovations Armenia and Robert Khachatryan, Minister of High-Tech Industry will open the Summit. Martin Galstyan, Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia will also be among the speakers.

Shahumian’s De-Occupation Remains a Priority for Artsakh

Artsakh's occupied Shahumyan district


On June 12, 1992—30 years ago—the Azerbaijani armed forces occupied the Shahumian region of the Republic of Artsakh.

“This ancient region of Artsakh, which played an important role in the history of the Armenian statehood and National-Liberation Struggle and was one of the founding pillars of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, was occupied by the enemy that subjected the population to genocidal actions. As a result of the aggression, we suffered significant losses,” Artsakh’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Due to the occupation of the Shahumyan region, most of the population was forced to flee their historical homeland and find refuge abroad.

“The pain of losing one’s homeland has not been healed in the hearts of either the residents of Shahumian, or the Armenians of Artsakh and around the world. We will never accept the loss of the Shahumian region. The issue of de-occupation of Shahumian continues to remain on the foreign policy agenda of the Republic of Artsakh,” said the statement.

“Shahumian was, is and will always remain an integral part of Artsakh,” the Artsakh foreign ministry added.

On the same occasion, the office of the Human Rights Defender of Artsakh also issued a statement, warning that Shahumian’s destiny is a harbinger of an Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan.

“Thirty years ago, as a result of repressions, attacks and criminal actions of Azerbaijan, 20,000 residents of the Shahumian region of the Republic of Artsakh were evicted and deported. More than 700 people were killed or disappeared, historical Armenian settlements were devastated and plundered, Armenian spiritual-cultural values of the region were vandalized and destroyed, the report of the Office of the Ombudsman of the Nagorno-Karabakh reads.

“Armenian houses were divided, and the “new owners” of Azerbaijan wrote their names on the gates with oil paint. The church was desecrated and turned into a sheep pen. The cross was broken, the bell was smashed with a rifle shot, and the shards were scattered back and forth,” eyewitnesses say.

The crimes committed against the Shahumians were an act of “punishment” for the exercise of their right to free will and independent and dignified life in their homeland.

The issue of restoring justice and the violated rights of the Shahumians, who were deprived of their homeland along ethnic and religious lines, was not clearly stated on the negotiating agenda and the Azerbaijani authorities were not held accountable for the crimes committed against them. Moreover, this impunity continues to generate new crimes, which we witnessed in April 2016, during the Azerbaijani aggression unleashed against the people of Artsakh in September 2020, and continues to manifest itself after the trilateral ceasefire statement of 9 November.

The international community continues to be reprehensibly indifferent to what is happening, which is not derived from the principle of universal protection of human rights,” the statement reads.

Officers to receive 3-room apartment in Yerevan after graduating from military-training institution

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YEREVAN, JUNE 14, ARMENPRESS. Graduates of military-training institutions in Armenia will receive a 3-room apartment in Yerevan regardless of the place of their service, Member of Parliament from the ruling Civil Contract faction Armen Khachatryan said.

“A respective bill will be submitted to the Parliament soon, according to which starting July 1, 2022, the government will provide a 3-room apartment in Yerevan free of charge for the representatives of our future officers admitted to the military-training institutions of Armenia”, the MP said.

The lawmaker said the place of the officer’s service won’t matter, as he will have a 3-room apartment in Yerevan after graduation. He called on young people aged 18-23 to apply to a military-training institution.

The respective bill was approved during the recent Cabinet meeting.

Newspaper: Artsakh Defense Army ex-commander summoned for questioning about 20 times

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Armenia – June 7 2022

YEREVAN. – Zhoghovurd newspaper of the Republic of Armenia (RA) writes: Zhoghovurd daily has learned that a noteworthy situation has arisen at the Department of Investigation of Especially Important Cases of the General Military Investigation Department of the RA Investigative Committee. In particular, the investigative body actively summons officials of the Armed Forces for questioning.

We were informed that the former Chief of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces, Onik Gasparyan, and the former Commander of the [Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)] Defense Army, Jalal Harutyunyan, as well as other former officials of the General Staff of the Armed Forces have been summoned for questioning these days.

Moreover, according to the information we received, the investigative body will also transfer former Minister of Defense Davit Tonoyan from Yerevan-Kentron penitentiary to the military investigative—again for interrogation. According to the information we received, the investigative body will interrogate him in the framework of criminal cases initiated as a result of the [44-day Artsakh] war [in the fall of 2020].

By the way, according to the exclusive information of Zhoghovurd daily, Jalal Harutyunyan has already been summoned to the investigative body for questioning about 20 times, and Onik Gasparyan has been summoned for questioning about 10 times.

Noteworthy disclosures and arrests are expected in the near future.

Asbarez: ANCA Welcomes High School Leaders to Washington for Summer Academy

Applications are open for the second annual ANCA Haroutioun and Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy is set for August 1st to 5th, 2022

Enrollment Open for August 1st–5th Haroutioun & Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy 

WASHINGTON—Armenian American high schoolers and rising university first-year students are invited to apply for the second annual Armenian National Committee of America Haroutioun & Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy, a week-long program introducing future leaders to advocacy and career opportunities in the nation’s capital.

The week-long program will take place from August 1 to 5, 2022. Applications are available online and must be submitted by June 30th.

“The ANCA is thrilled to welcome the best and brightest Armenian American high schoolers to Washington, D.C. for an intensive one-week session to learn pro-Artsakh/Armenia federal advocacy best practices, explore future career opportunities, and make friends for life,” said ANCA Programs Director Alex Manoukian. “The Haroutioun and Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy’s innovative program will open up exciting new academic and professional horizons for these students.”

Summer Academy participants, ages 17 to 19, are chosen based on a rigorous application process focusing on academic excellence and proven pro-Artsakh/Armenia efforts through groups, including the Armenian Youth Federation, Armenian churches and organizations, schools, student groups, and individual initiatives. 

Members of the inaugural 2021 ANCA Haroutioun and Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy The determined participants of the 2021 ANCA Haroutioun and Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy on Capitol Hill

ANCA Summer Academy participants will stay at the ANCA Aramian House, a landmark property in downtown Washington, D.C. which serves as the home and permanent headquarters of the ANCA’s signature youth programs. The Aramian House is named in honor of the late community leader and philanthropist Martha Aramian of Providence, Rhode Island.

During the inaugural session of the program in 2021, Summer Academy participants explored Armenia and Artsakh’s diplomatic challenges and opportunities in discussions with former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans and Artsakh Representative to the U.S. Robert Avetisyan. Big Whig Media founders Ken and Keith Nahigian discussed the broader Washington, D.C. political media scene and effective communication strategies during a tour of their state-of-the-art multi-media studio located just blocks from the White House. Battling Armenian Genocide denial in academic and community settings took center stage during a discussion with Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, the Armenia and Georgia Area Specialist at the Library of Congress.

During the 2021 program, the ANCA’s Washington, D.C. team focused on teaching best practices in Armenian American grassroots advocacy, with interactive sessions on the organization’s 360-degree agenda to defend Artsakh safety and security, promote stronger U.S.-Armenia ties, secure justice for the Armenian Genocide and support at-risk diasporan Armenian communities in the Middle East and around the world.  Summer academy participants were also introduced to a wide range of career opportunities on Capitol Hill, international development, advocacy, and consulting by accomplished Armenian Americans in each of the areas.

“It was an honor to participate in the ANCA Haroutioun and Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy,” said 2021 Summer Academy alumna Vana Dakarian, from Elgin, IL. “In just five short days, we spoke with professionals, learned about advocating for the Armenian Cause, and explored careers in politics, policy, and media. I encourage all Armenian youth to participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity, to learn, explore the nation’s capital, and form great friendships,” she added.

Garni Khanzadian, who was an incoming freshman at University of California, Riverside, concurred.  “After the Artsakh War in 2020, many Armenian youth were left feeling helpless, and this program opened my eyes to all the things we can do to help our brothers and sisters. The guests who spoke to us during this trip came from all different backgrounds, and we got a chance to listen to so many stories about them helping to spread the Armenian Cause. Thanks to the Haroutioun & Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy, I met lifelong friends from all over the country, and made memories that will last forever.”

The ANCA Summer Academy is named in honor of Haroutioun and Elizabeth Kasparian in recognition of their lifetime of selfless service and sacrifice for the Armenian community and cause, through a generous grant by their daughter and son-in-law, Arsho and Adour Aghjayan, and grandson, Nareg. It is the latest in the series of youth empowerment and career development programs including the Leo Sarkisian Internship Program, Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program, Maral Melkonian Avetisyan Fellowship, and the ANCA Rising Leaders Program – which features the Lucine Kouchakdjian Capitol Hill Day.

To learn more about the ANCA’s youth and career services programs, visit the website.

Biden’s NSA Chief Praises Yerevan-Baku Diplomatic Efforts

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan


National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that the United States is committed to peace, security, and prosperity in the South Caucasus region.

“Mr. Sullivan conveyed the commitment of the United States to peace, security, and prosperity in the South Caucasus region,” NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement. Sullivan reportedly made the remarks during meeting with Azerbaijan’s presidential advisor Hikmat Hajiyev.

“He praised the significant and historic diplomatic efforts between Azerbaijan and Armenia toward a lasting peace.  Mr. Sullivan expressed support for talks hosted by President of the European Council Charles Michel.  He conveyed the readiness of the U.S. to engage closely and support progress through a variety of means, including in our capacity as a Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group,” Watson added in her statement.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan met with U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy and discussed the latest meeting of a Russian-Armenian-Azerbaijani commission to unblock transit between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Grigoryan represents Armenia in these talks and he met with his Russian and Azerbaijani counterparts on Friday in Moscow. He told reporters Monday that approaches to opening transit routes were clarified during Friday’s meeting.

Grigoryan and Tracy also discussed issues related to U.S.-Armenia cooperation, the government press service reported.

Reportedly, the two also exchanged view on direction of police reforms in Armenia, including the tasks of a patrol service and the creation a proposed interior ministry in Armenia.

Biden’s NSA Chief Praises Yerevan-Baku Diplomatic Efforts

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan


National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that the United States is committed to peace, security, and prosperity in the South Caucasus region.

“Mr. Sullivan conveyed the commitment of the United States to peace, security, and prosperity in the South Caucasus region,” NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement. Sullivan reportedly made the remarks during meeting with Azerbaijan’s presidential advisor Hikmat Hajiyev.

“He praised the significant and historic diplomatic efforts between Azerbaijan and Armenia toward a lasting peace.  Mr. Sullivan expressed support for talks hosted by President of the European Council Charles Michel.  He conveyed the readiness of the U.S. to engage closely and support progress through a variety of means, including in our capacity as a Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group,” Watson added in her statement.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan met with U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy and discussed the latest meeting of a Russian-Armenian-Azerbaijani commission to unblock transit between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Grigoryan represents Armenia in these talks and he met with his Russian and Azerbaijani counterparts on Friday in Moscow. He told reporters Monday that approaches to opening transit routes were clarified during Friday’s meeting.

Grigoryan and Tracy also discussed issues related to U.S.-Armenia cooperation, the government press service reported.

Reportedly, the two also exchanged view on direction of police reforms in Armenia, including the tasks of a patrol service and the creation a proposed interior ministry in Armenia.

59% of respondents in Armenia consider defeat in 44-day war as biggest failure of Nikol Pashinyan`s government

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Armenia – June 8 2022
Marianna Mkrtchyan

ArmInfo.59% of the respondents in Armenia consider the defeat in the 44-day war as the biggest failure of Nikol Pashinyan's government. These are the results of a  study conducted by the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC).

So, when asked what, in your opinion, was the biggest failure under  the rule of RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Armenia in the  period from 2018 to 2021, 59% of respondents mentioned the defeat in  the second Karabakh war, 14% – insufficient diplomatic efforts to  prevention of the war around Nagorno- Karabakh, 3% – the weakening of  state administration and the constant change of personnel, 2% -  unfinished high-profile trials (for example, around Robert  Kocharyan), 14% – gave other answers. Another 6% of respondents did  not see failures in Pashinyan's policy.

At the same time, in response to the clarification about the biggest  achievement under Pashinyan's rule, 12% of respondents said they were  inspired by hope for the democratic development of Armenia in 2018.   Another 11% consider the reduction of corruption to be the biggest  achievement, 8%mentioned the strengthening of democracy, 6%-  elimination of the enironment of fear and ensuring the realization of  freedom of speech, 6% – development of infrastructures, and  especially the construction of roads, 4% – holding free and fair  elections, 11% – other answers, another 43% did not see any  achievements.

According to respondents, during the government of third President of  the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in 2008-2018, the greatest  achievement was political stability(8%), another 3% mentioned foreign  policy, 2% – improvement of the business environment, 16% – gave  other answers, and 72% think that there were no achievements.

At the same time, the April war of 2016 and some territorial losses  of the Republic of Armenia (there were no territorial losses of  Armenia – ed. note) are considered the biggest failure under Serzh  Sargsyan – such an answer was given by 21% of respondents. At the  same time, 16% of the respondents mentioned the increase in poverty  and the outflow of the population, 11% – the lack of desire or the  impossibility of a political settlement of the Karabakh conflict, 8%  – the spread of corruption, 5% – the abuse of human rights, 4% -  uneven economic growth, 4% – the weakening of public administration  and an increase in internal discontent (the capture of a regiment of  teaching staff), 2% – lack of communication with society, 23%- other  answers. Another 6% of respondents did not see failures in Sargsyan's  policy.

At the same time, 31% of respondents said that economic growth is the  greatest achievement during the government of Second President of  Armenia Robert Kocharyan in 1998-2008, , 3% – high rates of  construction, 2% – peace and border security, 1% – complimentary  foreign policy, 1% – strengthening ties with the EU, 1% – expansion  of public services, 7% of respondents gave other answers, and 51% did  not notice the achievements.

And 22% of the respondents mentioned the terrorist attack in the  country's parliament on October 27, 1999, as the biggest failure  during Kocharyan's rule. 13% mentioned the bloody events of March 1,  2008, 12% – the withdrawal of Nagorno-Karabakh from the negotiating  table, 10% – the transfer of state property to Russia in exchange for  debt, 6% – violation of human rights, 5% – an environment of fear and  lack of communication with society , 23% – other answers, another 10%  did not see failures.

And 24% of the respondents mentioned the victory in the first  Karabakh war as the greatest achievement of first president of the  Republic of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan in 1991-1998, 20% – the  declaration of independence and international recognition of the  Republic of Armenia, 1% – the liberalization of the economy, 4% -  other answers, another 51% did not see any achievements.

the energy crisis and food shortages was mentioned as the biggest  failure of Ter-Petrosyan's policy – 31%, another 25% called the  economic collapse, 13%-the inability to politically consolidate the  military victories in Nagorno-Karabakh and the final solution to the  conflict, 7% – the ungovernability of the country, 4% – the spread of  corruption, 17% other answers, another 3% did not see failures.

The study was conducted from December 18, 2021 to February 4, 2022.  The study involved 1648 respondents over 18 years of age. Citizens  were selected from the republican electoral lists of 2018.  Accuracy  +/- 2.4%. Conducted face-to-face surveys.

31% of respondents are from Yerevan, 32% – from other cities of the  republic, another 37% – from villages.  55% are women, 47% are men,  of which 52% are unemployed and 48% are employed. 35% of the  respondents had a secondary education, 28% had a secondary vocational  education, 25% had a higher education, 1% had a postgraduate  scientific degree, 3% had an incomplete higher education, and 7% had  an incomplete secondary education.

CivilNet: Fewer Armenians now say 2018 revolution met their expectations

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08 Jun, 2022 10:06

  • A significantly lower percentage of Armenians now say their expectations of the 2018 revolution have been met, according to a new survey by the Caucasus Research Resource Center.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Yerevan, where he is set to hold talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and other high-level officials.
  • Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan met with U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy to discuss ongoing efforts to settle the Karabakh conflict.
  • The Armenian dram continues to depreciate in value against the U.S. dollar.