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 October 24, 2003 


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October 27: A few minutes of terror, a few years of asking why


After nearly three years, and near the fourth anniversary of their notoriety, the trial of Nairy Hunanyan and others may be drawing to a close.

On October 27, 1999, Hunanyan led four accomplices in an armed attack on the National Assembly, shooting to death Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Assembly Speaker Karen Demirchyan and six other members of the Government.

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October 27: Public outcry and the political impact of terrorism


On October 27, 1999 - four years ago next Monday - five armed terrorists attacked the National Assembly of Armenia, turning the usual Wednesday meeting of the Government into a horror chamber.

Shouts, curses and the deafening noise of automatic weapons ended only when Armenia's leadership had been cut down to a pitiful sight of crumpled dead and dying bodies.

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The Tragedy of Trafficking: Organizations want to see a more active fight in Armenia


For several years Armenian newspapers have carried advertisements calling for "young and pretty girls for well paid jobs abroad"; or "will meet a woman for a marriage, 28-35 year olds, pretty and joyful for life abroad."

Some might see the ads as an opportunity, but human rights activists in Armenia see them as a trap. It is a means by which vulnerable young women fall victim to the global problem of human trafficking.

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Lost and Found: Reform school becomes reformed school for the "socially vulnerable"


"As soon as we reached Vardashen they took us to lockup. They stripped us, poured cold water on us and beat us up with anything they found. Then they locked us up and starved us for three days."

This is one of the numerous evidences recorded between 1997 and 1999 by workers of the French Medecins sans Frontieres organization (MSF - Doctors without Borders) and given by children who had spent time in Vardashen Special Educational Complex.

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Mount Pleasant: Villagers enjoy fruits of their labors


The mountains looming on the horizon look similar, except one that is crowned with a yellow-reddish wreath. Its gilded peak rises above grey clouds covering slopes where Gegard village in Kotayk region lives with its cares and joys.

When you take a closer look, the wreath turns into pear and apple orchards between which the roofs of individual houses are winking.

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Horsing Around: First equestrian event introduces show jumping to Armenia


Some horses with sad eyes are looking around while others are actively pawing at the ground while the horsemen carefully move them into place and treat them with tender care.

Combs slide through thick tails and manes in a kind of horse cosmetology. One horseman weaves his horse's mane into unique braids so that his horse stands out from the others.

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October 27: A few minutes of terror, a few years of asking why

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October 27: Public outcry and the political impact of terrorism

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The Tragedy of Trafficking: Organizations want to see a more active fight in Armenia

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Surviving members of the legendary Ararat football team were reunited Friday October 24 for a match to mark the 30th anniversary of their Soviet league
championship and cup double-winning season in 1973. The team played an all-star former Soviet national side at Yerevan's Hrazdan stadium.

 

 





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