- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
March 26, 2004


Say You Want a Revolution?: Opposition parties say change of power only weeks away

By Zhanna Alexanyan

Armenia 's fractured and, so far, politically impotent oppositional parties are rumbling again with talk of a change of power and comparing their aim with Armenia 's break from Soviet control nearly 16 years ago.

The republic's 10 or so oppositional parties maintain that President Robert Kocharyan's election a year ago was illegitimate. Some are whispering revolution, and hanging hopes on a resolution adopted by the Constitutional Court last April 17, which allows for a Referendum of Confidence within a year of that date.

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Medical Alert: Mental health patients suffer as result of import problems

By Marianna Grigoryan

Echmiadzin resident Suren Shahnazaryan has been in a desperate situation for more than a month.

Suren has had schizophrenia for more than 20 years and has controlled the disease with medication. But for more than a month it has been impossible to buy the drug he needs.

“Every minute I live in fear,” says Suren. “I'm out of drugs and I take substitutes which are very weak. The thought that I may feel worse and do something wrong gives me no rest.”

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Grounded in a Distant Land : Families of detained airline crew wonder what's happening in Equatorial Guinea

Last week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia confirmed that six citizens of Armenia are among 20 foreigners arrested in Equatorial Guinea and accused of conspiring to overthrow the government of that country.

Ashot Karapetyan, captain of the AN-12 crew, second pilot Samvel Darbinyan, aeronautical engineer Ashot Simonyan, navigator Samvel Matchkalyan, flight engineer Razmik Khachatryan and technician-engineer Suren Muradyan, have been in custody since March 9.

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Mother of the Motherland: Armenia's inclination to Russia strengthens while neighbors lean westward

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Trouble at Home: “Month of Women” no guarantee against domestic violence

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Muslim women make their way past an Opera Square billboard that advertises "Viagra", a Russian pop trio of women whose music is less interesting than their lingerie-clad performances. Just another day in Yerevan.


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