Views & Interviews

Neoliberalism to the extreme: Armenia’s Parliament adopts regressive pension and tax policies

By ARA KHANJIAN On June 24, 2010, the Republic of Armenia’s National Assembly decided to privatize its social security system by adopting an extreme version of a private pension model. Along with the pension system, the National Assembly also radically changed its income tax regime. The mandatory private pension system is set to take effect…

Lilit Galstyan: “An authoritarian regime cannot be democratic”

In an interview with the daily Aravot, ARF-D parliamentarian Lilit Galstyan said, “Sadly, the political elite, who today occupy themselves with ruling, by virtue of their philosophy and value system are not capable of realizing reforms and modernizing our country. We live in an archaic and criminalized system. Every second dozens of laws are violated…

Democracy in Armenia

The concept of democracy, similar to socialism, justice, freedom, nationism1, culture and many other concepts, in essence, is a universal idea and is characterized by a universal or global definition. However, in terms of its form, realization and application—and similar to the other noted concepts—has a national framework and a dependence on local conditions. According…

“The government has failed to realize the president’s campaign promises”

ARF-D parliamentary faction member and deputy chair of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Affairs Ardzvik Minasyan said this during an interview with the newspaper Hayastani Zrucakic. Hayastani Zrucakic: There is talk once again that the price of natural gas will rise. Could this happen and where will this lead? Ardzvik Minasyan: It…

We can develop without conceding Artsakh

On September 2 at 7:00 PM, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun is organizing a public meeting-celebration in Yerevan at the Dynomo Sports Arena dedicated to Artsakh’s Independence Day. This is an interview by the ARF-D Press Office with Armen Rustamyan, Chairman of the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun Supreme Council of Armenia. Question: Is this a celebration or a political…

“Official statistical indexes in Armenia are controversial,” Ara Nranyan says

“Statistical indexes, which relate to the Republic of Armenia must be studied, researched, discussed; however, I believe, that there is an unnecessary uproar connected with these indexes because all of those indexes are contentious,” Ara Nranyan, a member of the ARF-D parliamentary faction said in an interview with www.7OR.am. “Taking into consideration our economic condition,…

Russian, American and Azerbaijani intentions discussed with Dashnaktsutyun reps

Russian Railways’ plans In an interview with the daily Aravot on August 6, Ara Nranyan a member of the ARF-D faction in the Armenian parliament said, “The leadership of the South Caucasus Railways (SCR) and Russian Railways has close ties to Azerbaijan’s political elite.” According to the parliamentarian the SCR is pursuing the creation of…