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Marianna Grigoryan

Armenia: Voters Opt for More of the Same

Armenia’s governing party consolidated its grip on power following parliamentary elections marred...

Armenia Shows More Sympathy for Gunmen Than Their Hostages

Usually in a hostage crisis, the public sympathizes with the hostages upon...

Armenia's Hostage Crisis: Protesters Arrested, but Not Gunmen

With no end in sight to Yerevan’s police-hostage crisis, the arrest of...

Armenia: No End in Sight for Hostage Crisis

An armed opposition group’s takeover of a police station in the Armenian...

Armenia: Axe Attack Revives Calls for Domestic Violence Law

A fatal child-custody fight has revived calls in Armenia for an effective...

Armenia: Pope Francis Impacts Politics

Pope Francis visited Armenia to promote the values of peace and reconciliation,...

Armenia: Pope Francis Stirs Hopes for Peace, Prosperity

Whether atheist, Catholic or Armenian Apostolic, Armenians on June 24 heartily welcomed...

Angered at Arms Sales to Azerbaijan, Armenians Push Away from Russia’s Embrace

When Armenia joined the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, Armenian President...

The Poor Are the First to Fight in Nagorno-Karabakh

In Armenia, they are called heroes; in Azerbaijan, martyrs. One lived in a...

Military Sperm Bank Proposed in Armenia

Armenia’s defenses against Azerbaijan may include the usual in armaments and soldiers,...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Painting a True Picture About Civilians in Karabakh

By Hikmat Hajiyev, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

Karabakh: The Anguish of Conflict Lingers for Civilians

Now that the fighting has subsided in the contested territory of Nagorno-Karabakh,...

Armenia: Panama Papers Prompts Official's Resignation

In an unprecedented move, Mihran Poghosian, a senior Armenian official named in...

Azerbaijan, Armenia: Can Activists Keep Peace Alive?

For both Azerbaijani and Armenian peace activists, the resumption of fighting over...

Did Karabakh Fighting Weaken the Panama Papers’ Impact?

Gold mines for Azerbaijan’s presidential offspring, an ex-Georgian leader’s offshore com...

Can Karabakh Pull Back from the Brink?

After a long simmer, the Nagorno-Karabakh war has once again boiled over....

Armenia: When Freedom Causes Social Friction

The influx of Iranian tourists in March to celebrate Nowruz, the traditional...

Armenia: Using Prisoners to Intimidate Rights Activists?

In an earlier age, dissidents and political activists could be treated somewhat...

Syrian Refugees’ Cuisine Helps Spice Up Armenia

The arrival of thousands of Syrian-Armenian refugees in Armenia is injecting a...

Armenia’s Russian Murder Scandal: Can Justice Be Served?

With a high-profile trial in Armenia set to resume in which a...

Armenia: Widespread Reports of Irregularities Mar Constitutional Referendum

A controversial referendum in Armenia on December 6 endorsed constitutional changes that...

Armenia: Church, State Joining Forces Against Western Religious Groups?

As Armenia readies for a controversial December 6 referendum, public attention has...

Armenia: Who Benefits from Constitutional Reform?

On the surface, proposed constitutional amendments in Armenia would transform the country’s...

Armenia: Pondering the Limits of Russia’s Security Commitments

A ceasefire is technically in place as Armenia and Azerbaijan search for...

‘They Locked Me Up and Left Me’: Armenia's Outdated Mental Health Laws

It started as a family row over property. Julietta Amarikian and her...

Armenia: Debt-Ridden Power Company Ranks as Top Donor to Presidential Fund

The Russia-operated Electricity Networks of Armenia, the country’s main power supplier, claimed...

Armenia: Eurasian Union Malaise Puts Government in Budget Hole

The expected economic benefits of membership in the Eurasian Economic Union are...

Armenia: Anti-Corruption Panel Grapples with Credibility Issues

Armenia’s much-touted anti-corruption initiative has gotten off to a less-than-ideal start: leading...

Armenia Considers Ban on Gender-Specific Abortions

After years of experiencing a population decline, Armenia is proposing a ban...

Armenia: Evaluating Electric Yerevan’s Impact

The Electric Yerevan protest in the Armenian capital did not manage to...

Armenia: ElectricYerevan Powers Protests in the Regions

Protests in Armenia are not limited to its capital, Yerevan. The government...

Armenia: Can the Protests Bring Change?

There have been both kisses and curses. Three wedding celebrations and a...

Armenia: Trying to Break Free of Economic Dependence on Russia?

In yet another sign that Armenia is regretting joining the Russia-led Eurasian...

Armenia: Doubts Abound on Anti-Corruption Initiative

The Armenian government is pressing ahead with a new effort to contain...

Armenia Faces Cash-Crunch as Russian Remittances Slump

Financial transfers from Russia to the South Caucasus country of Armenia have...

Armenia: Seeking Work in Russia by Hook or by Crook

Three months into Armenia’s membership in the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union, the...

Armenia: Can French Hypermarket Generate Genuine Retail Competition?

After years of controversy, the French-run hypermarket chain Carrefour, one of the...

'Slowly, Change is Coming': Life for Women in the Post-Soviet World

From bride kidnapping to the gender pay gap, women in the 15...

Armenia: Is Yerevan Doing the Kremlin’s Bidding to “Neutralize” NGOs?

Activists in Armenia are worrying that new government-proposed requirements for non-governmental organizations...

Karabakhi Police Clash with Armenian Activists

A signboard welcoming travellers into breakaway Nagorno Karabakh proclaims a “Free Artsakh”...

Armenia: Eight Things That Don’t Add Up About Gyumri Murders

Two weeks after the killing of a family in the northern Armenian...

Armenia: Will Murders Bring Change to Ties with Russia?

A little over a year ago, the northwestern Armenian city of Gyumri,...

Armenia: Farmers Look for Way out of Debt Trap

This has been a year that many Armenian farmers would like to...

Armenia: As Ruble Tanks, Yerevan Asks Santa for Economic Boost

Santa Claus supposedly received a desperate letter from a woman in Armenia...

Armenia: Feeling Betrayed by Russia?

Armenians are seething over Russia’s possible role in the shoot-down of an...

Armenia: Suicide Rate Climbs and Experts Ask Why

Leaflets placed at the 62-meter-high Kiev Bridge in the Armenian capital of...

Armenia: Shady Import of Lions and Tigers Raises Fears

The Yerevan neighbors of parliamentarian Mher Sedrakian, a member of the ruling...

Armenia: Karabakh Question Clouds Eurasian Union Accession

Armenia has finalized its accession to the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union, an...

Armenia: At-Home Abortion Pills Readily Available, Despite Ban

Over-the-counter sales of Cytotec, an anti-ulcer medication, are continuing in Armenia despite...

Will Russia’s Food Sanctions Create an Opportunity for Armenia?

The Armenian government believes that Moscow’s August 7 ban on food imports...

Armenia: Wondering About Russia’s Motives in Karabakh Peace Process

Amid the recent escalation of hostilities surrounding the contested Nagorno-Karabakh territory, authorities...

Armenia: Can a Ban on Over-the-Counter Sales of Cytotec Stop DIY-Abortions?

As of August 1, Armenia will require a doctor’s prescription for sales...

Armenia: Government Demand for Media Sources Raises Fears of Crackdown

Media-rights observers fear that the Armenian government’s attempt to force two media...

Armenia: Report Details Psychiatric Hospital Abuses

During the Soviet era, Communist authorities occasionally had dissidents committed to psychiatric...

Armenia Debates: Is the Grass Greener in Pro-EU Georgia?

It only requires a glance at the dance-floor showdown in the Soviet...

Armenia: Gambling Taxing the Poor

Thirty-eight-year-old Anush Nazarian still remembers the night several years ago that a...

Armenia: Controversial Communist to Get Statue in Yerevan?

As Armenia prepares to join the Russia-led Customs Union, a surprise decision...

Armenia: Can EU and Customs Union Coexist?

French President François Hollande’s visit to Yerevan is refocusing attention on Armenia’s...

Is Russia Seeking to “Neutralize” Armenian Civil Society?

Russian Ambassador Ivan Volinkin’s recent call “to neutralize” Western-funded non-governmental organizations in...

Armenia: Some Syrian Refugees Want to Leave

The mayhem and indiscriminate violence that define Syria’s civil war could not...

Armenia: Russia’s Offer of Easy Citizenship Sparks Concerns

Could a massive loss of population be the ultimate price cash-strapped Armenia...

Armenia: Customs Union Marks Great Leap Backward -- Activists

While President Serzh Sargsyan’s administration touts Armenia’s pending accession to the Russia-led...

Why Is Russia Silent on Iran’s Gas Courtship of Armenia?

Mystery is swirling around a deal to boost Iranian natural gas exports...

Armenia: Russia Puts Squeeze on Migrant Workers

Armenia’s four competitors at the Sochi Winter Olympics didn’t come close to...

Armenia: Contemplating Kocharian’s Second Coming

The recent uptick in criticism of incumbent authorities by former Armenian president...

Armenia: Citizens Feeling Gouged by High Cost of Russian Gas

Armenia is experiencing a Russian-style winter this year, and despite Yerevan’s plans...

More on Yerevan's Tale of the Smoked Crocodile

Yerevan-based Marianna Grigoryan finished 2013 off with what might be Eurasianet's wildest...

Armenia: Smoked Crocodile for New Year's Sparks Sharp-Toothed Debate

Traditionally, New Year’s in Armenia is a time for dolma, honey cake...

Armenia: Yerevan Cold-Shoulders Iran as Gas Suitor

Armenia is the most gas-hungry country in the South Caucasus, and already...

Armenia: Protesters and All, a Home Away from Home for Putin

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, Armenia, in many ways, must offer a...

Armenia: Officials Slash Unemployment Benefits, then Seek Raise

The Armenian government wants to increase salaries of senior leaders and MPs...

Armenia: Yerevan Mayor Has Flamingo Fixation

The mayor of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, made headlines recently by admitting...

Armenia: Fight against Gender-Equality Morphs into Fight Against EU

Europe is getting a surprise bashing in Armenia over a law on...

Armenia: Private Parking Plan Prompts Charges of Corruption

Still recovering from the political fallout of a recent bus boycott, Yerevan’s...

Armenia: Customs Union Commitment Risks EU Cooperation Chances

President Serzh Sargsyan’s early September announcement that Armenia is ready to join...

Armenia: Daring to Be Cool While Cycling

For many Armenians, the sight of a grownup riding a bicycle in...

Armenia: Can a Bus Boycott Lead to Shift in the Political Dynamic?

It was a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, back in 1955 that...

Armenia: Bus Protests Grind on with Carpools and Conspiracy Theories

Tempers over a hike in transportation fares in Yerevan cooled on July...

Armenia: Demographic Imbalance Prompts Move to Ban Fetus Sex Detection

Officials in Armenia want to impose a ban on prenatal sex determination...

Armenia: Getting Serious about Punishing Political Wrongdoers?

First, it happened in the northwestern city of Gyumri. Then, in the...

Syrians Take One-Way Tickets to Armenia?

The exodus of Syria’s ethnic Armenian community to Armenia was seen, at...

Armenia: How Welcoming Will Be the EU’s Embrace?

The European Union is indicating a willingness to explore an Association Agreement...

Armenia: Could a Gas Price Hike Have Political Implications?

Armenia is bracing for a roughly 18-percent hike in the price of...

Armenia: Opposition Casting About for a New Catalyst

If a post-Communist record-book were kept of political protests in formerly Soviet...