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Gayane Mkrtchyan

Gayane is an award-winning freelance journalist from Armenia. She focuses on political, social, health, economic, and human rights issues and believes that human-oriented stories are the most important form of journalism. Along with OC Media, her writing has appeared on IWPR, Chai Khana, and Jam News.

Voice | ‘My family urged me to return to Armenia; but I decided to stay in China’

When the coronavirus hit, Emma Petrosyan, 28, from Alaverdi, chose to stay in China, the country she has lived and worked in for a year and a half.

Armenia’s copper capital no longer? The uncertain future of Alaverdi

The copper smelter in Alaverdi, the city’s largest employer, was forced to shut down in 2018 due to excessive pollution.

Armenia’s copper capital no longer? The uncertain future of Alaverdi

The copper smelter in Alaverdi, the city’s largest employer, was forced to shut down in 2018 due to excessive pollution.

Voices | Armenia’s devastating earthquake 30 years on

Stories from three of the survivors in Spitak of the earthquake that levelled the town.

Expired and illegal pesticides — a toxic threat to Armenia

Farmers in Armenia still use pesticides banned in the country 30 years ago and stashed in basements, sheds, and Soviet–era warehouses ever since.

Rising prices and changing taxes have sparked unrest in Armenia

The opposition Yelk are encouraging Armenians to take to the streets, with more protest planned against the country’s new tax code.

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