Armenian News - NEWS.am presents the daily digest of Armenia-related and global top news as of 03.02.2021:
- Protests have been held Wednesday in Yerevan demanding Prime Nikol Pashinyan's resignation, while the parliament was holding a special session.
The citizens were marching from the Armenian parliament's building to the main building of the government. The protests ended in Republic Square, at the heart of the capital Yerevan.
Police forcibly apprehended several people during this protest, including Gegham Manukyan, a member of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation-ARF Dashnaktsutyun Party.
- At Wednesday’s special session of parliament, the Armenian MPs passed a number of law initiatives in the first reading.
These include a package of bills on amendments to the Judicial Code.
During the session, the minister of justice Rustam Badasyan noted that the amendments to the Judicial Code propose to separate the oversight over the inter-judicial trial from the examination of the case.
Meanwhile, the protests held on Wednesday were aimed exactly against this bill as the initiative proposes to create a special court on issuing arrests. Thus the opposition is sure that this initiative will help the authorities to take the power of the court and arrest the opposition representatives.
- Azerbaijan has canceled search operations planned in Fizuli, Jabrayil in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Meanwhile, the Armenian side found one soldier's body yesterday in Hadrut.
To date, the bodies of 1,355 fallen servicemen and civilians have been retrieved.
On Tuesday, the Artsakh defense army has reported 116 more casualties of the Armenian side, thus bringing the total number to 2,123.
- Over the past three years, about 82,000 Armenian citizens have received Russian citizenship.
Dividing this by years, it will turn out that in 2018 over 27,000 people have been issued Russian passports, in 2019—24,000, and in 2020—about 31,000 people.
- Russia has decided to resume air communication with Armenia as of February 15 and on a reciprocal basis.
Accordingly, there will be four flights a week between Moscow and Yerevan.
- South Australia state has recognized Artsakh, condemning Azerbaijan and Turkey.
South Australia became the second state in Australia to recognize the rights to self-determination of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).
They condemned Azerbaijan and Turkey for their invasion of the country's indigenous Armenians.
- A 30-year-old mother-to-be died in Yerevan in circumstances yet unknown.
Bella Arshakyan, sister of the deceased mother-to-be Nelly Arshakyan, told NEWS.am that Nelly had no health issues.
According to her, Nelly called her husband, telling him that had been given an injection, after which her condition sharply deteriorated.
"At dawn, my sister died," she added.
The clinic, in turn, noted that the woman had suffered some health issues. And based on the diagnosis, she received contraceptive treatment at the clinic.
According to them, her spouse was informed of the life-threatening danger to the fetus and the need for urgent abortion.
- A Moscow court sent Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny to prison for more than two and a half years, prompting protests all over the country.
Alexey Navalny was detained two weeks ago upon his return to Moscow from Berlin, where he spent several months recovering from poisoning -an attack he blames on Russian security services and on Russian president Vladimir Putin himself.
The court ruled that while Navalny was in Germany, he violated probation terms from a 2014 case in which he had received a suspended sentence of 3,5 years.