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  • Group Intended to Apologize for Bloodshed After State Coup - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    merely cooperated gave advice However according to the newspaper a lot of famous people are somehow related to this group and the government does not know how to apply the article of hiding information The group had five branches which were to occupy the offices of the president and government the parliament building the Constitutional Court and the television tower The main act would be a blast on the plane of the Armenian president flying for France on December 1 However according to the newspaper the well planned operation failed because Arthur Vardanyan made a mistake and met with someone he should not have met and hence appeared under the NSS control The Hraparak reported that Arthur Vardanyan had prepared a recording to be published after the state coup on the Public Television apologizing to people for the bloodshed for the sake of ridding of the bloodthirsty authorities Pastinfo am informed that the ex minister of defense Vahan Shirkhanyan was arrested and charged under Article 223 Para 2 of the Criminal Code He is suspected of involvement in planning the terrorist attack by the group arrested a few weeks ago His advocate told reporters that Shirkhanyan has denied the charges

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/right/view/35096 (2016-02-14)
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  • Trial of Case of Manslaughter Adjourned Till Mid-January - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    old On 12 August 2015 the Russian garrison court sentenced Valery Permyakov to 10 years in high security prison Permyakov was convicted for deserting with a weapon theft and illegally carrying a weapon and ammunition The case of murder was separated and handed to the Armenian side The successors of the Avetisyan family killed in Gyumri drew attention to the adherence of Permyakov to Satanism Advocate Yerem Sargsyan said Permyakov

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/right/view/35077 (2016-02-14)
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  • What Are Russian Soldiers Doing Beside Permyakov? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    the representative of the successors of the injured party asked Harutiun Movsesyan the presiding judge why Russian soldiers with military uniforms are guarding the Armenian court room In answer to his inquiry the judge said the Russian side provides Permyakov s security Sakunts urged to present the justification for the presence of those people in the court room and inquired what real risks to Permyakov s life there are to necessitate the presence of Russian soldiers at the court session The judge did not provide any justification and took a 15 minute adjournment Sakunts announced that the presence of those persons in the Armenian court is an encroachment upon the Armenian judicial power It has a symbolic role a trial is underway in Armenia at the Russian garrison soldiers This is outrageous The Armenian court must make it clear whether there is an independent court not from the president s administration but from the Kremlin Arthur Sakunts said He filed a motion the advocates joined his motion The advocate Lusineh Sahakyan said if the issue is security the Armenian policemen should be assigned although there are policemen and there is not a security issue After the adjournment the judge announced

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  • Armenian-Georgian Act of High Importance - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    relations In this sense the exaggeration of the PACE vote is at least incomprehensible and against the national interests and security of Armenia At the end of the day there is a simple circumstance it is not accidental that the formats of settlement or discussion of the Artsakh or Georgian conflicts are different and are outside all the organizations where decisions are made by vote In the long run the reason is that all the problems being similar with substantial nuances their political and geopolitical importance varies and requires different approaches Therefore they are distinguished by their formats of settlement not being combined in the so called stationary international formats In this respect to exaggerate the issue which has been subordinated to the real and important aspects of the Armenian Georgian relations is to act irrationally or intentionally ignore the interests of Armenia and expose stability and security in Armenia and the region In this sense the ministers of defense of Armenia and Georgia have made crucial statements that requirements are bigger especially now The Georgian minister of defense has announced that Armenia and Georgia share their vision in regard to stability and security in the region Tinatin Khidasheli announced that Armenia and Georgia are united by their commitment to regional peace and cooperation Symbolically in regard to the shared vision she gave the example of Armenian and Georgian peacekeepers in NATO peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan The minister of defense Seiran Ohanyan announced that though Armenia is a CSTO member and Georgia wants to be a NATO member the purpose is one regional security In this regard Armenia and Georgia are key factors which are subjects of different security systems but are an important security and stability pole rather than a line of demarcation despite their differences At the end

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  • Aliyev Sets Out for His Last Battle - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    appeared in the result of more large scale political processes more sensitive Oil was the tranquilizer the effect of which withers together with the prices After the Russian Turkish row Aliyev appeared in a complicated situation losing the status of a platform for the Russian Turkish alliance His effort to become a platform for reconciliation seems to fail because the Russian government has serious problems because of which Russia s Caucasian policy will have to be revised and will transform from a factor of Turkish factor of war blackmail to a Euro Atlantic factor of security and stability At least the lack of an alternative is becoming increasingly obvious for Moscow either it has to be part of the Caucasian component of the international security system or to rid of its ambition for a political military role in the Caucasus It is not accidental that Azerbaijan actually gives up on the game with Russia over the European Union and is trying to offer a game to the EU hinting that Baku is ready if there is a fair approach to the issue of Artsakh At the same time Baku considers the Minsk Group to be an obstacle to this prospect openly stating that it hinders Baku s game with Europe The president of Azerbaijan has an invitation from the United States where the Nuclear Security Summit will be held on March 31 and April 1 In addition Baku was trying to present this invitation as a tendency of warming relations with the West Later however Aliyev apparently realized that the invitation may have a very specific purpose and the United States which promotes the only substantial component in the Artsakh issue which proposes the introduction of investigations is inviting Aliyev to lift the weight This is the reason why the

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  • A Multi-Vector Cold War - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    and partners in the region The problem is that the allies and partners in the Near East do not exist any longer neither does Israel Methods and tricks of the multi vector cold war are used when the rivals compete with one another To take to the side of major Sunni states in their fanatic fight against the Shiites means an aggregation of strong and decisive rivals However this has already taken place and the United States may expect most unpleasant turns in the relations with Turkey Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State which they have created The existence of the Islamic State is determined by a highly negative position of Europe Russia and Iran as well as other countries What should be the purpose of fast destruction of the Islamic State when it is possible to collect in one pot an entire generation of terrorists and radicals and destroy them sequentially at the same time collecting information Over the past few years the United States has been assessing the possibility of the alliance with Iran which was in fact the gate to the present Without the support of the Western community modern day Iran would remain an isolated and blocked country in the Near East Now Iran stands economic and technical military opportunities and is becoming a powerful country in the region Europe got that chance to lend a hand to Iran realizing that this is one of the few allies in the region Turkey became a rival and cannot be considered as a reliable partner despite its NATO membership Saudi Arabia is the Near Eastern Venice which is used for financial political intervention in many countries and now as the global energy policy is changing it is not ready for the new conditions especially on the wave of its aggression against the Shiites and Christians The former vassals of Saudi Arabia are trying to bid farewell to the status of vassals Great transformations are awaiting Turkey and Saudi Arabia and they understand this very well and are trying to retain their current status of regional micropowers When one asks pertinent American political scientists of Turkish origin what it means to increase Turkey s independence they answer Independence from the United States Arab politicians and strategists say the same for Saudi Arabia Both countries hate the United States and apparently the Russians bid on this hoping to make up with the Americans through their monkey business in Syria The problem is not only in Syria The Russians bid on the Near East trying to gain partnership with Kurds thereby letting the Americans understand that they have shared problems and interests with the Russians However the Russians will not live up to that the Americans have their own plan on Iran and Russia The shared problem is to induce the Russians and Iranians to subordination and counter partnership when time comes At the stage it looks like this though the Americans have different goals relating to Russia and Iran for

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  • What Is ISIL and What Is Its Goal? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    and Turkey have given huge support to the Sunni entities wishing to oust the Shiite dominance out of Mesopotamia The motivation is sufficient Over decades the Sunni government discriminated the Shiites who made up 63 of the population of Iraq and now the Sunnites in Iraq have become people of second or even third class because the Kurds have risen to the second place The deceased president Hafiz Assad of Syria destroyed 20 000 Sunnis in the town of Homs in 1982 The Sunnites in Syria were extremely humiliated by the majority At the same time one must not forget that the radicals did not succeed in building a state even in Afghanistan they did not succeed in setting up viable government bodies In Afghanistan there were no goals to create a transnational caliphate which would accelerate the end of chaos All kinds of atrocities in Mesopotamia are the outcome of the style of the radicals because this was the marker of their politics and revolutionary stimulus However the command of the armed units and various political groups had no relation to such atrocities They allowed and shifted all responsibility for such crimes onto radicals realizing that sooner or later they will have to do with them and move on to the creation of a caliphate or a republic based on Sharia There is a lot of deliberation that the armed forces of the Islamic State were organized by the officers of Saddam Hussein s army and this is true However there is no word about the important role the Sunni officers of the Syrian army played One has to pay better attention to how efficiently the financial monetary system including tax collection as well as oil extraction and export is organized All this is impossible to organize with separate groups of militants of various origins which the mass media of the world are trying to demonstrate None of the world powers has a goal to destroy the Islamic State for several reasons This formation may become a powerful factor of pressure on the Shiite countries and communities Analogically it may have pressure on the leading Sunni states first of all Saudi Arabia and Turkey Besides the plan of elimination of Bashar Assad s regime in Syria has not been completed One should pay attention that the Islamic State is technically cooperating with Israel which indicates that this country s politics is governed by politicians not bandits In other words Israel is interested in the existence of the Islamic State which helps the radicals with reconnaissance and medicine It should also be noted that over the past few months the atrocities of the radicals against a Christian population have intensified and become uncontrollable One should keep in mind that at the end of the day or rather after the end of the first stage of creation of new borders in the Near East the United States and definitely Europe will have to choose Iran and the Shiite communities as their

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  • The Army Day Economy - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    the focus of everyone s attention the army is economy especially in the 21 st century A country cannot have a well trained competitive army without a similar economy Without such economy a competitive army is like a battery which spends more energy than it gets The life of this battery cannot be long It is not common to speak so on Armenia In Armenia when they consider the army the economy is absent This is an uncommon situation In addition the problem is not whether the army gets the necessary weapons clothing food etc The growing challenges require investments in the army too In addition these investments do not only concern the equipment or supplies The army is a set of values culture civilization Moreover these are the basis of the defense capability This requires investments The Armed Forces do not get such discussions in the life of the society The society expresses its gratefulness and respect for the army on every occasion This is a matter of correlation of the false and genuine the conscious and mythical However the key issue is that this is the limit of the public responsibility for the army The set of values the ideological basis of the army is out of the focus of the society Armenia lacks a social and political discourse on it This issue is out of the agenda of the political elites in Armenia It is out because it supposes a high level of competency and responsibility in both professional and political including foreign political terms because it may give rise to targeted and rational questions demanding their answers from the government Contributions relating to the set of values and civilization are the charge for the battery which will power the defense capacity of the army And such

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