From Raffi Elliott

Raffi Elliott

Raffi Elliott is a Canadian-Armenian political risk analyst and journalist based in Yerevan, Armenia. As a correspondent for the Mirror-Spectator, his focus is socioeconomic, political, business and diplomatic issues in Armenia.

YEREVAN – Armenia’s second president, Robert Kocharyan, took a further step towards formalizing his participation in upcoming snap parliamentary elections on Sunday, May 9.  At a press briefing for his newly-established electoral[...]

YEREVAN — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s government officially submitted its resignation on Sunday, April 25. The resignation, which was formally accepted by President Armen Sarkissian is the first step in triggering the process to[...]

YEREVAN – The traditional Armenian Genocide commemoration felt bittersweet for the hundreds of thousands of Armenians making the pilgrimage to the Tsitsernakarberd memorial on Saturday, April 24. In the wake of last autumn’s major[...]

YEREVAN — Armenia launched an large-scale COVID-19 inoculation drive on Tuesday, April 13, following months of delay. According to Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan, the elderly, vulnerable and essential workers will receive priority as[...]

YEREVAN — A Swiss Air cargo plane landing at Armenia’s Zvartnots International Airport on Monday, March 29, delivered a large shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine. The package contains at least 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which[...]

YEREVAN – Almost a week since Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced a date for upcoming snap parliamentary elections, pro-government and opposition political parties are debating whether or not to implement a planned electoral code[...]

YEREVAN – Several hundred Armenians have already been inoculated against the COVID-19 virus as the country’s public health officials launch the first stage of its vaccination strategy. According to Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan,[...]

YEREVAN — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced his readiness to hold snap elections on the evening of March 1. Addressing a large crowd in the capital’s Republic Square at an event commemorating the March 1, 2008, shooting of 10[...]

YEREVAN — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused the country’s top military brass of instigating a coup following a press release by the Army General Staff calling for his government’s resignation on Thursday, February 25.[...]

YEREVAN — Artsakh officials insist that tourists and foreign press are still welcome as details on recent reports of Russian peacekeepers preventing foreign journalists from entering the republic continue to emerge. The Artsakh[...]

Recent media attention over a new wave of Syrian-Armenians leaving Armenia in for new beginnings in Canada has sparked renewed concern about the state’s ability to integrate its refugees from the war-torn Middle East. Questions about the[...]