YEREVAN: ‘ Around 5,000 Protesters take to the Streets Over Public Service Charges ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update: YEREVAN: June. 25: Police in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, are not taking any measures to disperse the peaceful demonstrators in the city center, Colonel Valery Osipyan, Yerevan’s police deputy chief, told TASS on Thursday.

About 5,000 protesters are rallying in Yerevan at the moment. This is the biggest number since the demonstrations started several days ago.

“The Armenian police are doing nothing because the protests in Yerevan are peaceful.

The more so, it is absolutely impossible to use any means against the protesters,” Osipyan said. At the same time, he admitted that the protests were illegal because they had not been authorized by the Yerevan mayor’s office.

Mass protest rallies have been underway in Yerevan for several days. The biggest crowds are gathering outside the House of Writers on the Marshal Bagramyan prospect. The protesters have barricaded the street with plastic garbage containers.

The riots erupted after the Commission for regulation of the country’s public services had agreed to increase public electricity tariffs by 16% to meet the request received from CJSC “Electric Networks of Armenia” distribution company, a subsidiary of RAO UES INTERNATIONAL.

The measure which is to take effect on August 1 caused a wave of indignation among ordinary Armenians who assumed that the electricity price hike would automatically increase prices for essentials and many services. Armenia’s opposition forces used that public discontent to stage mass protests in central Yerevan.

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‘ Russia’s Upper House of Parliament Unanimously Ratified the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union ‘

#AceNewsServices – ARMENIA – October 2 – The Armenian government on Thursday approved a draft document on joining the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union.

This issue topped the agenda of the Armenian government’s meeting chaired by Vice-Premier Ovik Abramyan.

“Upon joining the Treaty, Armenia becomes a member of the Eurasian Economic Union,” the document says.

From this moment, acts of the Eurasian Economic Union will be applied on the territory of Armenia, according to the document.

The document’s addenda highlight 29 agreements, which Armenia will join, the terms of the republic’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union and transitional provisions.

A separate addendum contains a list of goods and services subject to customs duties during the transitional period that differ from the levies effective in the customs union of the Eurasian economic bloc.

Eurasian Economic Union Treaty

Russia’s upper house of parliament unanimously ratified on Wednesday the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union.

The Treaty on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union was signed by the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on May 29, 2014 in Astana.

The agreement is the basic document defining the accords between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan for creating the Eurasian Economic Union for the free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce and conducting coordinated, agreed or common policies in key sectors of the economy, such as energy, industry, agriculture and transport.

The Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union is to enter force on January 1, 2015.

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` Armenian President Accuses Turkey of Utter Denial in Failing to Recognise WWI Genocide ‘

#AceWorldNews – April 24 – ARMENIA – Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused Turkey of an “utter denial” in failing to recognize World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, after Ankara for the first time offered condolences for the tragedy.

“The Armenian Genocide… is alive as far as the successor of the Ottoman Turkey continues its policy of utter denial,” Sarkisian said in a statement marking the 99th anniversary of the massacres.

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` British Troops will participate in `Military Drills ‘ in Ukraine under Rapid Trident 2014 ‘

#AceWorldNews – British troops would participate in military drills in Ukraine in July, the British newspaper Guardian said on Thursday.

The personnel would be part of a group of about 1,300 troops, mostly American, to participate in the Rapid Trident 2014 exercise, the newspaper said.

Rapid Trident 2014 is to “promote regional stability and security, strengthen partnership capacity and foster trust while improving interoperability between the land forces of Ukraine, and NATO and partner nations,” according to the US forces in Europe website.

In addition to US and UK troops, Rapid Trident 2014 will include units from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

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Armenia: ” Activist’s Protest Against New Pension Plan That They Have Dubbed a Racket”

#AceWorldNews says some 6,000 opposition activists protested in Yerevan on Saturday against a controversial new obligatory pension scheme.
The new plan, which took effect on January 1, essentially forces all people born after 1974 to pay five percent of their wages into private pension funds.
“A government racket has come into force that allows the authorities to put their hands into people’s pockets,” said Naira Zohrabyan, a lawmaker of the opposition Prosperous Armenia party.
Unemployment is a major concern in the ex-Soviet state, and protesters said the new law may force them to look for work abroad.
“People’s wages are their own private property and no one has the right to tell them what to do with them,” computer programmer Artur Garibyan told AFP at the rally in central Yerevan.
“This law should not be obligatory,” said Garibyan, 34.
The controversial new pension scheme has drawn ire from across society against the government of President Serzh Sarkisian.
A landlocked country of 3.2 million that was badly affected by the global downturn, Armenia is economically isolated because its borders with two neighbours Turkey and Azerbaijan have long been closed owing to political disputes.
Nevertheless officials have forecast that the country’s gross domestic product will grow by 5.2 percent this year.
On the downside, inflation is projected at about 4.0 percent.

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