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May 21, 2010
High car import customs dues in Armenia are conditioned by the fact that the republic forms the major part of its national budget with taxes paid at the border. Assistant financial director of Karkomavto LLC Mkhitar Mikaelyan commented on this and other peculiarities of Armenian auto business in an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net.
May 18, 2010
Armenian weightlifter Arakel Mirzoyan, 20, is a European champion and World vice-champion in the 69kg weight class. In 2010, the sportsman changed the class to 77kg. Presently, he is training for the World Championships to be held in Antalya, Turkey, in September. PanARMENIAN.Net requested Arakel to tell about his plans for the future.
May 8, 2010
American Alexis Ohanian is first of all known as the cofounder of reddit.com, a popular social news website where visitors can share, vote and discover interesting links from all over the Internet. However, Armenia learnt of him only after his presentation at TED, which the conference made available online. In 2007, not long after selling reddit to Condé Nast, Alexis founded Breadpig, a social enterprise based on selling geeky things and donating the profits. Their most recent success was the book, xkcd: volume 0, the publisher profits of which built a school in Laos with more schools on the way. Alexis is visiting Armenia for the first time as a volunteer of Kiva, a non-profit online microcredit platform. He is already planning his next visit to his historical homeland.
May 6, 2010
In April, Armenia hosted the concerts of American singer of Armenian descent Eva Medzorian. The concert earnings were given to Armenian families and children as charitable contribution. This woman knows Armenia and its problems not by hearsay. She has had time to study them as chairwoman of various charitable organizations, associations and Armenian schools, and also thanks to her ability to listen to others but verify everything herself. For several years spouses Jack and Eva Medzorian have been engaged in charity work in Armenia. Eva Medzorian established a medical fund which in the years of need supplied Armenian hospitals with latest equipment. With the help of this fund Eva was able to assemble 1.5 million dollars in support of the victims of the 1988 Spitak earthquake.
April 19, 2010
The situation in the South Caucasus remains strained despite the efforts the United States and Russia exert to maintain the fragile peace in the Karabakh conflict area and in the region, as a whole. Normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations remains undecided while Azeri President’s threats to start a new war seem endless. Peacekeeper, first director of the NKR-based Center of Civil Initiatives NGO and coordinator of the international working group on missing persons and exchange of POWs Albert Voskanyan comments on the current situation to PanARMENIAN.Net.
November 5, 2009
For a long time, some in Armenia viewed Diaspora as a kind of "milch cow", without seriously thinking about its problems. Last year, Diaspora Ministry finally came into existence. In an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net, Minister of Diaspora Affairs Hranush Hakobyan introduced Ministry's achievements and further plans.
October 31, 2009
Director, actor, script writer and animator - all this is not enough for characterizing Eduard Nazarov, painter and director of Winnie the Pooh (1969), Winnie the Pooh Goes Visiting (1971) and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1972). The great artist was visiting Yerevan in the frameworks of Fifth International Festival of Children's and Youth Films. An interview with him came to reveal that heroes of favorite cartoons necessarily shred common features with the author. Unfortunately, Nazarov's illustrations no longer used in tales and poems about Alan Alexander Miln's hero.