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If an American PR Whiz Had Not Helped Yanukovych, Would Ukraine Still Be Intact?

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.26.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Viktor Yanukovych. Public Domain If an American PR whiz had not helped Yanukovych, would Ukraine still be intact? A British scholar wrote an ...

Why The 25-Year Independence Anniversary Will Ring Hollow With Many Armenians

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: A winter view of Armenia's capital of Yerevan. Author: Serouj Ourishian (Wikipedia) In less than a month Armenia will mark the 25th anniversar...

Why The Russia-Azerbaijan Alliance Is Weaker Than It Looks

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On August 8, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met in Baku. Shortly after their meeting, Putin announced Russia's intention to forge a strategic partnership with Azerbaijan.

Why American Democrats May Be Right About Russia Using Lies in Next Email Dump

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Hillary Clinton. Public Domain Top figures in America's Democratic Party are warning that any new release of emails that the Russians have hac...

California Diaspora Protest Sends a Message to Armenian Leadership

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.19.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitry Medvedev in 2010. Author: A thousand ethnic Armenians in the diaspora enclave of Glend...

Why Anti-Corruption Protests Are Rising In Armenia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

While corruption has been a defining characteristic of Armenian politics for decades, the summer 2015 Electric Yerevan protests revealed that Armenians are increasingly willing to participate in anti-corruption demonstrations.

Police-Station Occupiers Also Shined Spotlight on Russian Subjugation of Armenia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.13.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Peaceful protesters and journalists were subjected to excessive force by Armenian police on July 29, 2016. Author: Human Rights Watch The 31 a...

Armenia Fires Police Chief, Punishes 18 Others for Violence Against Protesters

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.11.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenian police used excessive force against peaceful protesters and journalists on July 29, 2016. Author: Human Rights Watch YEREVAN, Armenia...

It's Time for Armenia's Leader to Go

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. Public Domain YEREVAN, Armenia -- The bloody siege of a police station in Armenia is over, with President S...

Will The End of The Police-Station Stand-Off Usher in Reform in Armenia?

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

YEREVAN, Armenia — The stand-off between Armenian government forces and gun-toting members of a political fringe group who seized a police station i...

Russia Has Armenian Leader's Back in Police-Station Stand-Off -- or Does It?

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.29.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: This poster is circulating virally on Armenian social media. Journalist and human rights defender Levon Barseghian was recently arrested after ...

Armenian Stand-Off Continues to be Tense and Dangerous

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Ethnic Armenians have been protesting in and out of the country in recent years. This sign at a Los Angeles rally refers to many Armenians' bel...

The Kremlin Should Form a Commies for Trump Group

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.29.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

I am one of the many residents of the former Soviet Union who has become upset with Donald Trump's signals that he would let the Russians stomp on its neighbors if he were U.S. president.

The Wider Threat That the Police-Station Stand-Off Poses to Armenia's Regime

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Twelve armed men's seizure of a police station in Armenia's capital of Yerevan has put President Serzh Sargsyan in a bind. On th...

The Export Other Countries Would Rather Do Without: The Russian Mafia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenian mafia graffiti in Hollywood. Although the Russian mafia is the biggest overseas crime network from the former Soviet Union, gangs from...

Online Discussion of Sexual Abuse in the Former Soviet Union Is a Start Toward a Solution

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Anastasiya Melnychenko. Facebook I am one of the many women in the former Soviet Union who was cheered when Ukrainian journalist Anastasiya Me...

Former Soviet Countries' Use of Symbols to Thumb Their Noses at Russia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.09.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: A Ukrainian postal stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Stepan Bandera's birth. Public Domain Symbols were important during the Soviet...

Belarus Is Latest Target of Russia's Use of Oil and Gas as Geopolitical Weapons

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.08.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Belarusian flag. Stock Photo. The West found out firsthand on January 7 of 2009 how Russia uses oil and gas as geopolitical weapon...

Christians Worry About Trend Of Raids On Services At Homes In Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.04.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Russia's law will be far worse, Christians say, because it will impose the post-Soviet Union's first blanket ban on all religious services in homes.

The Former Soviet Union's Embrace of Encryption-Busting Laws

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Computer code. Stock Photo. U.S. privacy-policy whistleblower Edward Snowden made headlines recently for blasting an encryption-sk...

Gyumri Capitalizes on its Humor Industry and Stands Resolute

Jackie Abramian | Posted 06.26.2016 | Travel
Jackie Abramian

"Gyumri is the Capital of Humor," reads a posted sign on a brick wall on a side street in Gyumri, Armenia's second largest city. The sign is spot ...

Brexit Vote Jolts EU-Membership Hopes In Three Former Soviet States

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.26.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

British voters' decision to leave the European Union has reduced the chance that three countries in the former Soviet Union will be able to get out from under Russia's thumb.

Some Insight Into the Sports-Doping Epidemic in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Russia's use of state-sponsored doping to try to resurrect the glory of Soviet athletics has backfired, with its track and field athletes becoming the first entire team ever banned from the Olympics. But Russia isn't the only country in the region to go into overdrive on performance-enhancing drugs. This kind of cheating is rampant across the former Soviet Union.

Using Bread-and-Butter Issues to Try to Foment Political Change in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Map of the Former Soviet Union It hasn't been a good year for Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The country's petroleum-based econom...

Some Soccer Brass in the Former Soviet Union Yawn Over Fan Violence

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Soccer fans. Stock Photo. Soccer fans around the world were outraged when an official of Russia's football federation praised Russ...