13:29 | February 24, 2017
It was part of the international Panama Papers expose; an investigation encompassing hundreds of reporters and scores of news sites delving into the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonesca.
14:12 | July 18, 2016
In an interview with Hetq, Founding Parliament secretariat member Alek Yenikomshian (photo) says that Jirayr Sefilian is ready to enter into negotiations with law enforcement officials and even President Sargsyan to guarantee that the standoff at the Yerevan police patrol office ends without further bloodshed.
Opinion June 7: Notes from Karabakh
10:31 | June 8, 2016
Deputy Commander L. Baghdasaryan suggests we visit a post where an Azerbaijani diversionary incursion was repulsed on March 8. A soldier to be decorated there participated in the battle.
11:38 | May 11, 2016
The artillery of the Artsakh Defense Army played a pivotal role in repulsing Azerbaijani military forces in the latest round of fighting along the Line of Contact. Hetq talks to Colonel Genady Baghdasaryan, who commands the artillery, about the four-day war and the tactics involved. Baghdasaryan was recently awarded the Military Cross First Class.
Opinion Notes from Karabakh – May 4
01:17 | May 5, 2016
As Lieutenant Mkrtchyan congratulates the soldiers, in turn, he jokes, “If I had known that I could have made lieutenant like this, I would have never attended the Vazgen Sargsyan military institute.”
13:39 | July 22, 2015
Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA), the embattled utility that has racked up a ton in debt, has allocated millions of dollars to a number of foundations and charitable organizations.
12:49 | July 8, 2015
It’s mostly the boys of those semi-starving families who are now defending the borders of Armenia under this sweltering summer heat; standing for hours at a time keeping tabs on the enemy’s movements and ploys
15:58 | May 8, 2015
There is no room for the spiritual in Armenia today. Just look at the regime’s heroes who have been thrust upon the public – Lfik Samo, Tokhmakh Mher, Tsoulvetsi Karo, Dodi Gago, Chorni Gago, Liska, Shmays…
17:31 | April 28, 2015
These posts are set apart at the same distance up and down the 180 border that separates Artsakh from Azerbaijan. Every day, thousands of soldiers are looking across the line of contact to the enemy beyond.
12:25 | December 22, 2014
We know that the Bentley was a gift from businessman Ashot Sukiasyan who, in turn, purchased it with loans received from Ameria Bank for which another businessman, Paylak Hayrapetyan put up his assets as collateral.
10:33 | September 9, 2014
Here’s yet another strange but true example of Armenian government officials amassing small fortunes when their salaries as state bureaucrats can in no way account for such wealth.
00:20 | August 12, 2014
The boys don't talk and that's it; they don't want to describe anything. In response to questions about their actions, they say they were given a job and they did it. I then ask for their opinion about the armies of different countries; I ask about the best scouts.
11:30 | August 7, 2014
Hetq's editor-in-chief Edik Baghdasaryan recently met with the defense minister of the Republic of Nagorno- Karabakh (NKR), soldiers and officers serving in Karabakh, who described the current situation. Baghdasaryan notes that the "old guard" has returned to fight alongside soldiers on the frontline.
10:37 | June 11, 2014
Yesterday, for political parties in Armenia (Heritage, Prosperous Armenia, Armenian National Congress and the ARF) published a 12 point list of demands that current government needs to implement by the end of this September.
13:22 | February 3, 2014
Despite the continuing resonance of the Cyprus financial imbroglio in Armenia, AmeriaBank, a major ‘player’, seems intent to push the entire process to its logical conclusion.
12:58 | January 10, 2014
This chain of “coincidences” continued to grow. The government decided to spur the diamond reprocessing sector in Armenia; Minister of the Economy Nerses Yeritsyan “accidentally” invites the representatives of 23 business organizations to his office and then introduces them to diamond businessman Ashot Sukiasyan who, “by chance”, is also there.
09:00 | September 9, 2013
Paylak Hayrapetyan relates that when he asked Ashot Sukiasyan what he had done with the loan, the latter started to make a list – “...I gave the bank 5% of the loan as a kickback.”
15:23 | June 2, 2013
As a result of a shoot-out near Khachaturyan's home in Goris, Artak Boudaghyan, Commander of the N Artsakh Military Unit, is in serious condition and his brother, Avetik, was killed on the spot.
23:10 | May 13, 2013
I've known Volodya for more than twenty years. He was one of the guys who fought in Leonid Azgaldyan's "Liberation Army" and participated in many battles in Artsakh. Now, Volodya and twenty or more soldiers are staging a sit-down strike in Yerevan's Freedom Square.
Opinion Two Parallel Realities...
13:37 | April 12, 2013
On March 14, Hetq sent a letter to RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, informing him that we had published a series of articles exposing the dubious transactions between Nairit Plant CJSC and Rhinoville Properties Limited, and the embezzlement of loans provided by the Interstate Bank.
13:45 | March 7, 2013
Hetq has spent the last seven months tracking the trail of $170 million in loans received by the Nairit Plant to ostensibly get up and working again. The money has literally vanished under the eyes of a government that daily proclaims to struggle against corruption and all its social ills.
13:32 | January 17, 2013
When the last three justice ministers spoke about reforms to the system, I never took them seriously. Those “reforms” have been in the works for the past ten years. What have been the results? Have the courts and serving judges become more independent? No. In fact, they have become more controllable and more corrupt.
15:01 | December 17, 2012
For the last three years, all our requests to visit people held in Armenia’s correctional facilities have received the same refusal, even though the head of the press affairs head has been changed. The above conversation took place twenty days ago. On December 14, we received the first reply to our two written requests from Ghalechyan. We received the second reply today.
01:10 | December 10, 2012
I met up with Monte’s brother Markar in the afternoon. We drove to Fresno in Markar’s beat-up jeep. The plan was to have lunch at one of the local Armenian restaurants. They were all closed or had gone out of business. Fresno was a sad little town. Even the Armenian church was closed.
Interviews “We are producing the best wine in Armenia”
11:39 | September 26, 2012
In a tiny village in Gegharkouniq Province, local tax inspectors unearthed a 78 year-old woman and charged her with avoiding tax payments. They have fined the senior 500,000 AMD. This can be considered a death sentence for the woman.
12:00 | September 8, 2012
According to press reports, the sales receipts handed out in his various companies (Palermo, Aldo, River Island and Next) were all fake. That’s to say customers were give receipts, but they were for show only. This was the way business was conducted in stores belonging to a state official.
11:52 | July 30, 2012
Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, when the banks are closed, this family racked up $25,000 of purchase on a fake credit line of $2,000. In one store, they purchased a $1,500 computer. Three hours later they came back and bought three more. Elsewhere, they purchased a meat grinder and other household goods.
12:47 | July 25, 2012
She was fired from her job based on an administrative violation and visited the Hetq offices to explain what had happened. Here are two lines from her letter. “I would like to look into the eyes of our frontline soldiers. I want to bring them candy or whatever else I can.”
17:53 | July 18, 2012
Trucks with no license plates. Loggers not carrying permits, as required by law. The buzz of chainsaws despite the fog and light rain. Lori, one of the most heavily forested regions in Armenia, is rife with illegal logging.
14:02 | July 12, 2012
He named restaurant security staffers Garik Margaryan, Arman Khachatryan, Arman Baghdasaryan, Norayr Hayrapetyan; deliveryman and driver Artur Babloyan; waiter Davit Adamyan and manager Davit Hayriyan.
15:53 | July 2, 2012
President Sargsyan now has the chance to rid us of one of these notorious crooks. But Sargsyan makes out that he doesn’t see the opportunity now at his fingertips. It’s hard to imagine what the president is thinking.
09:41 | June 21, 2012
In Karabakh in 1991, a foreign journalist asked Liberation Army Commander Leonid Azgaldyan, "What color are you? I mean, what political party do you belong to?" Leonid knelt down, scooped up a handful of earth and said, "Here, this is my color."
19:20 | June 18, 2012
Newly re-elected MP Ruben Hayrapetyan is a very close acquaintance of President Serzh Sargsyan. Hayrapetyan’s bodyguards recently beat-up an Armenian army officer. The man is hospitalized in grave condition.
12:40 | June 18, 2012
She blasted some music on the car’s stereo. It was deafening – “Yerevan, Yerevan, I’m coming back, coming back to stay....” I had heard this song before, but this rabiz melody really grated on my brain like never before.
11:27 | June 15, 2012
No one has been brought to justice. You wonder why Armenian law enforcement immediately becomes paralyzed when such incidents take place. One gets the impression that they have been instructed to fold their hands and not launch criminal charges.
13:38 | June 12, 2012
In the early morning the self-defense forces of the Martuni region of Nagorno Karabakh began an operation to destroy the military strongholds in the villages of the Aghdam region of Azerbaijan.
11:00 | May 18, 2012
After my original article about the pilfering and cover up of $10,000 by Armenian police officials and a court judge, RA Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan ordered an internal investigation.
12:12 | May 11, 2012
In 2010, a 19 century sculpture entitled “Satyr with Lyre”, by an unknown artist disappeared from Armenia’s National Gallery. This fact was concealed for one year by the Gallery’s administration. It later tuned out that another ten art works had also vanished.
16:41 | March 28, 2012
Many top law enforcement officials knew about the missing money - RA Deputy Police Chief Gagik Hambardzumyan, Artur Mehrabyan, Chief of the Arabkir Police, and Artzrun Arakelyan, Chief Investigator at the Arabkir Police Department.
19:30 | February 18, 2012
After returning home she played the CD. To her amazement it contained the video-recording of a Skype conversation between Tatyana, the former wife of her dead brother, and a person called Artur.
Special Lilit Needs Your Help! (Video)
15:47 | November 4, 2011
Perhaps Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan can explain what pivotal significance it will serve the shaping of the Armenian nation to have one of his party colleagues build a huge commercial center on the site.
12:40 | August 22, 2011
Mr. Baghdasaryan, in his open letter to PM Sargsyan, had raised several procedural issues surrounding the June 17th hearings that were in violation of Armenia's Freedom of Information laws.
12:19 | July 8, 2011
MP Tigran Arzakantsyan wasn’t present at the opening fall session of the Armenian National Parliament on September 14, 2010. Was he sick or detained by more urgent state business?
10:55 | June 27, 2011
Her two boys began to work in a small jewellery factory two months after they arrived in Istanbul. The day we visited, the boys had even brought work home to do – setting stones on rings.
16:55 | June 1, 2011
A Hetq source within the government says that Mr. Papazyan,Executive Director of the Competitiveness Foundation,is being forced out, a victim of mining interests at the Tatev Monastery.
11:12 | May 9, 2011
Paramount Gold Mining Ltd., a company owned by RA National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan and MO Tigran Arzakantsyan, was granted license to mine the Meghradzor gold mine’s Lusatchur section in Kotayk Marz.
12:10 | April 21, 2011
We had sent some questions to RA Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan regarding the Halidzor gold mine exploratory license. We wanted to know what company had been given the license for the Syunik Marz mine.
18:34 | April 13, 2011
Thanks for your response even though it was somewhat surprising, given that our letter to you dated February 15 of this year remains unanswered. Perhaps, if you had answered it, these “inaccuracies” might not have occurred.
12:36 | April 1, 2011
The above is a question that arises when the institutions of the government don't work. All government structures in Armenia have just one thing on their mind – how to embezzle state funds.
Interviews “Tatev Rebirth” in Peril
17:48 | March 21, 2011
This past February 23, RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan hosted a delegation from the Chinese Fortune Oil company. During the meeting, the sides discussed the company’s investment program in Armenia’s mining sector.
18:14 | March 19, 2011
After Visiting Freedom Square around the Opera, you really can’t avoid the zurna-dhol music blasting from the attraction ride not 10 meters away from where Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian is sitting on a bench, deep into his “fast for freedom”.
Opinion The Emperor Has No Clothes
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17:00 | March 7, 2011
«They just can’t picture where people have wound up due to their actions. They live in an alternate universe with different surroundings. They have no problem paying their gas, water and other utility bills.
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