A new "four-star" hotel, Europe, was
inaugurated on August 1 in Yerevan.
Built by French businessman Levon Baghdasaryan
the hotel is located just off Republic Square
on Hanrapetutyan Street. The hotel has 47 rooms
at a price range of $75-80. The three-year construction
of Europe hotel cost about $2 million.
Another Diaspora Armenian joined the list of
the most powerful Russian politicians. Hovanes
Ohanian, chairman of the commission on economic
policy, enterprise and property of the Russian
Council of Federation, took the 98th place in
the list of top 100 most influential politicians
of Russia. The research was conducted by the Russian
center for public opinion research "Voice
of the People" who published the report on
At a press conference on August 2, the leader
of the National Democratic Union Vazgen Manukyan
said that a country like Armenia should make every
effort to open its communications. He said that
the possible opening of the Armenian-Turkish border
did not mean that Armenia should give up on further
lobbying for international recognition of the
Armenian genocide in Turkey.
"Official Yerevan should conduct a parallel
policy on the opening of the Armenian-Turkish
border and on the international recognition of
the Armenian genocide." he said.
Also on August 2 the Council of Europe welcomed
Armenian President Robert Kocharian's decision
to commute the sentences of 42 prisoners on death
row to life imprisonment.
"The death penalty is an affront to all
notions of dignity and human rights, and has no
place in the Europe of today. This decision is
a clear sign that Armenia wants to become fully
integrated within the European family," said
the organization's secretary general, Walter Schwimmer.
According to PanARMENIAN.NET (August 3), a Memorial
Complex to commemorate over 25,000 victims of
the devastating earthquake of 1988 will be built
in Gyumri. The memorial opening is dated for the
20th anniversary of the earthquake in 2008. The
complex (costing about $7-8 million) will be built
exclusively owing to people's donations and means
collected via charitable actions.
President Robert Kocharyan traveled on Sunday,
August 3, to the north-eastern Armenian resort
town of Dilijan, where he visited the second pan-Armenian
youth jamboree. Several hundred youth from around
the world are participating in the games. Armenpress
reported that the President received as a present
a globe as a symbol of Armenians spread all over
Another group of young Diaspora Armenians arrived
in Armenia on August 4 to participate in the eighth
gathering of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation
Dashnaktsutyun. Over 350 youth-student unions
from 15 countries will stay in Armenia for two
weeks and will meet the political leaders in Armenia
Armenpress reported on August 5 that the hearing
of a case over the murder of Tigran Naghdalyan,
the former chief of Public TV and Radio Council,
last December has again been adjourned. Court
officials said the session was put off because
of unavailability of an appropriate courtroom.
The first session was held at the premises of
Armenian Court of Appeals, where another high-profile
case, connected with 1999 parliamentary killings,
is being heard now.
The next session of Naghdalyan case is set for
On August 6, at 5.30 a.m. three conscripts were
shot to death inside a warehouse where they were
sleeping nearby their post in Vanadzor. A criminal
investigation has been initiated.
PanARMENIAN.NET reported that Armenia's "E-Visa"
program has issued its 1,000th online visa. Sosi
Mazmanian, from the US State of Connecticut is
the 1000th recipient and was expected to arrive
In October of last year, Armenia became the second
country in the world to have enabled the system
of providing electronic visas.
On Tuesday, Azerbaijan President Heidar Aliev
left Ankara for Clevelend, Ohio where he will
continue treatment for heart ailments. Aliev's
poor health has raised speculation that he will
be succeeded by his son, Ilham, whom the President
named Prime Minister on Monday. The appointment
of the younger Aliev was opposed by only one member
of the Azeri Parliament.