- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
April 16, 2004

Features: People and events of interest

The Price of Politics: Getting into the capital becomes costly during demonstrations

When oppositonal party demonstrations start, mass transport into Yerevan stops.

On ordinary days, residents of nearby towns and villages in Echmiadsin, Abovian, Armavir, Arshtarak – 10 or so kilometers surrounding the capital – reach the capital by minimally-priced minibus. But over the past two weeks, getting into Yerevan has often been influenced by whether the political opposition has a meeting planned.

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Born Again: Tradition of home births returns to village life

When birth comes to the village of Tsovak, Evelina Sahakyan comes just before it. Whether three in the morning, or during Sunday dinner, when labor pains begin, so does Evelina’s work.

As a trained mid-wife, Evelina has been delivering babies for eight years in the village, some 100 kilometers north of Yerevan.

Tsovak has a population of about 1,500 families, plenty of whom have come into the world at the hands of the Evelina the midwife.

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According to Agnes


Building Credit: Experts study means for mortgages in Armenia

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The Right to React: Activists call for response to civil liberties abuses

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Not Opposed to Blessing

Before all hell broke lose in the center of Yerevan the next day, His Holiness Garegin II offered blessings to worshippers attending Easter services. Roads linking Echmiadsin and the Holy See to Yerevan have been blocked, even on the Holy Day, to discourage travel to the capital for political rallies.


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