The Armenian dram strengthened against the U.S. dollar by 16 percent on Thursday after weeks of depreciation that accelerated dramatically earlier this week amid turmoil in Russia’s currency market.
Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian on Thursday ordered Armenia’s anti-monopoly regulators to crack down on businesses that he said have disproportionately raised the prices of key goods to cash in on sharp exchange rate fluctuations.
Dozens more minibus drivers in Yerevan refused to work Thursday on the second day of a strike action organized by their colleagues in protest against a sharp rise in the price of liquefied gas used by their vehicles.
The European Union allocated on Thursday about 10 million euros ($12.4 million) in fresh assistance to Armenia’s central and local governments as well as civic organizations.
“Aravot” reports that Levon Yeranosian, a deputy chief of the Armenian police and the commander of the country’s interior troops, is continuing to threaten with violence anyone who will dare to make offensive comments about President Serzh Sarkisian.
The body of one Armenian pilot and the remains of two others killed on board a military helicopter brought down by Azerbaijan forces near the Line of Contact in Nagorno-Karabakh on November 12 were laid to rest at Yerevan’s Yerablur Military Cemetery with full military honors on Tuesday afternoon.
RFE/RL Armenian Service Director Harry Tamrazian talked to RFE/RL Senior Editor Brian Whitmore on the rediscovered role of NATO in the wake of the Alliance’s summit in Newport, Wales, UK.
Ведущий воскресной аналитической программы Азатутюн ТВ Грайр Тамразян беседует о нынешней политике НАТО с редактором Русской службы Радио Свобода Андреем Шарым и американским блогером Брайаном Уитмором.
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