No need to take part in the elections

ANC member Grigor Harutyunyan in his interview to Aravot newspaper noted that there is no need to take part in the elections as it is impossible have change of power trough them.

“We should focus on this. Otherwise the idea of nominating somebody or supporting somebody in the presidential elections cannot be right.”

ANC discusses becoming a party again

According to Hraparak’s information, ANC again discusses the issue of becoming a party. This issue is not new as after the parliamentary elections in May Levon Ter-Petrosyan ordered Gagik Jhangiryan to consider that problem and find a solution.
The thing is that as a party many problems will be solved and the problem of a new leader too. But many new problems will raise at the same time.

Surprises are unlikely from this president

In the conversation with Aravot newspaper, an expert in international relations based in Washington Armen Kharazayan , talking about the outcomes of the presidential elections in case the incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan is reelected, noted:

“I don’t expect new principles; values and new working format even though that’s what they are talking about. As I am familiar with the president’s capabilities, preferences and his worldview from 25 years of experience, I don’t expect any surprises.”

ANC –the biggest danger for authorities

The ANC is not going to be part of the upcoming presidential elections, and it doesn’t have the previous social support. Taken these factors into consideration the correspondent of Aravot newspaper asked ANC member Lyudmila Sargsyan about the government’s need to now consider trying to make the ANC weaker.

“I think the authorities are very well aware of the ANC’s importance and possibilities and that’s why they are concerned about post-election activities and the possible danger that the ANC can be stronger than before. I think that till today the only dangerous power for the Armenian authorities has been and continues to be the ANC because in the needed moments it is able to have the people to support him.”

More Armenians spent their holiday in Artsakh

Compared with previous years, this year more Armenians visited Nagorno Karabakh during the holidays. This was reported to the correspondent of “Haykakan Zhamanak” by the head of the department of Tourism adjunct to the Government of NKR, Sergey Shahverdyan.

According to Shahverdyan, only the foreigners visiting Artsakh are registered and the statistics of Armenian citizens visiting the country is not on the record. Despite that, according to him, the number of Armenians visiting the country this year was higher than in the previous years. This is supposed to be due the fact that the resort centers in Artsakh compared with the ones in Jermuk, Tsaghkadzor and in other places are cheaper. Another important factor is the people’s desire to visit the country to admire the magnificent beauty.

Tsarukyan’s son-in-law ordered to work for Sargsyan

The well-informed sources of Zhoghovurd report that the mayor of Abovyan city Karo Guloyan on Saturday, January 12, invited the leaders of districts to his place. The son-in-law of the leader of prosperous Armenia party, Gagik Tsarukyan, informed everybody that during the upcoming presidential elections they are going to work for incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan. The ones present at the meeting even presented speeches in support of the president.

The truth about the news the newspaper tried to find out from people, who according to reports, were at the meeting. One of the participants confirmed the meeting took place but didn’t say what was the final decision of the meeting.

Genocide Claims Case Gets Muddier. Asbarez

The inter-attorney squabble between lawyers once fighting insurance companies together to secure payment to the heirs of genocide victims who had bought life insurance policies from the French AXA Insurance Company continued, as one of the attorneys, Brian Kabateck, filed a motion on December 31 asking the US District Court to launch an investigation into alleged misappropriation of Genocide survivor claim funds by another attorney Vartkes Yeghiayan.

In response, Yeghiyan filed a motion opposing Kabateck’s claims throwing the matter further into he said-he said territory.
Kabateck, who along with Mark Geragos and Yegiayan were once co-counsel in the pursuit of payments to the heirs of Genocide victims from insurance companies, was one of the plaintiffs in a law suit filed against Yeghiayan in March, 2011 for alleged misappropriation of funds.

The Kabateck motion, according to court records obtained by Asbarez, alleges that Yeghiayan “created charities for the purpose of funneling” funds allocated by the class action settlement for charities, known as cy pres, “to himself, his family, his law firm and other personal and business associates.”
Kabateck of the Kabatech, Brown Kellner LLP, along with Gergos filed the March 11 lawsuit. The current motion calls for a stay of the suit pending the proposed Yeghiayan investigation.
The December 31 motion says that counsel has “determined that a t least five charities may well have been established by Mr. Yeghiayan to launder money [$1 million] from the class settlements” earmarked to be used by “legitimate charitable organizations to assist the Armenian community.”

Kabateck’s motion says: “It appears that Mr. Yeghiayan created five of the nominated charities for the sole purpose of receiving settlement funds for their own personal and business use. He operated several of these charities out of Mr. Yeghiayan’s law office in Glendale, and one of these supposed ‘charities’ is a private foreign bank account. There is very little evidence that these charities have engaged in any charitable activity whatsoever, other than to issue press releases that publicize Mr. Yeghiayan’s lawsuits and speaking engagements and to sell his books and other publications.”
The Kabateck motion cites a series of examples ranging from allegations of using funds earmarked for Armenian charitable organizations to pay for college tuition to paying consultants and others to carry out projects that benefitted Yeghiayan.
In his opposition motion Yeghiayan says Kabateck’s actions are without merit, citing several legal precedents that he seeks to use to disprove the initial motion.
“Kabateck’s lawsuit against Yeghiayan, Mahdessian, and the charities was filed in March, 2011. Since then, it has hung like a sword of Damocles over all of them while the Court and counsel have focused on recovering money improperly distributed and handled,” said the official opposition motion filed by Yeghiayan attorney Roman Silberfeld of the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi and obtained by Asbarez from Yeghiayan’s law firm.

“Mr. Yeghiayan vehemently denies the allegations that he may have established ‘at least five sham charities to launder money from the class settlements,’” says the opposition motion.

A hearing on this motion is set for January 28 at US District Court..
Regardless of the outcome of the hearing, this ongoing squabble between the attorneys who deemed themselves worthy of representing the interests of Genocide survivor heirs is, to say the least, muddying the just case for reparations to Genocide victims and has already shaken the trust of the Armenian people. It is critical that this issue advance transparently.

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These elections are non-competitive

Political expert Richard Giragosian told “168 zham” that these elections are non-competitive which means the electoral struggle must be more liberal and fair because of the lack of opponents competing.

Richard Giragorsian mentioned a second important aspect. According to him Serzh Sargsyan will have its first and not second term presidency because the previous one was wasted on eliminating the aftermaths of 2008 post-electoral crisis and dwelling on separation of Kocharyan from him.

Who is financing the epos expert?

This is not the first time the epos expert and a candidate to the upcoming presidential elections Vardan Sedrakyan participate in the elections. In 2000 he put his candidacy for the parliamentary elections representing the 26th district which comprised Eghvard, Charentsavan and relating villages. Sedrakyan is from Eghvard and he put his candidacy then because there were conflicts between Eghvard and Charentsavan, but took the third place out of 3 candidates.

However people in Eghvard remember that back in 2007 Sedrakyan did not have money even to print very cheap booklets, however today he builds 3 villas, one for him, the other two for his two sons. Where from the money comes to Sedrakyan is an issue that makes not only the Eghvard people wonder.

Sedrakyan does not have a single rational explanation for his sudden enrichment and the only thing left to do is make suggestions. According to some of them, his financing comes from Iran but this may not even be true.

Alexan Harutyunyan won’t be Armenian Ambassador to France

Alexan Harutyunyan, president of RA committee of Public Television and Radio, while giving interview to “Armenian Times” daily, denied information about his appointment as the Ambassador of Armenia to Republic of France.
“There hasn’t been any such discussion with me. From all the rumors there is only one truth, that on February 1st, my working term ends and according to our Law I can’t be in that position any more. ”

We should recall that there are rumors that the position of Ambassador may be given to Serzh Sargsyan’s spokesman, Armen Arzumanyan.
While answering to the question, Arzumanyan noted that he doesn’t comment on rumors.

Moreover, it was also told that head of the “Sharm” holding Ruben Jaghinyan is also the one who can take the post.
According to Jaghinyan, the news is being spread for many years but still he hasn’t got any offer.
Jaghinyan noted that if he is suggested for the post he may think of it since it is very responsible job.