07:58 | June 11, 2018
Residents of Shnogh, a community in Armenia’s northern Lori Province, have blocked the road leading to the offices of Teghut CJSC, demanding that those workers from the local area who were dismissed on April 1 and replaced by others brought in from afar be rehired.
20:11 | April 22, 2018
At around 3pm today, protesters from nearby towns and villages shut down traffic on the Noyemberyan-Alaverdi roadway, moving on to blocking Bargratashen Border Crossing in around half an hour. For three hours, Chief of Tavush Marz Police, Colonel G. Grigoryan could not convince demonstrators to unblock the border crossing.
18:26 | April 11, 2018
Chkalov is a small village in Armenia’s Lori Province, named after a Soviet and Russian aircraft test pilot Valery Chkalov since 1939. Village Mayor Roman Shakaryan says the village has 38 households, with only 14 pupils attending the village primary school.
16:15 | January 11, 2018
In Odzoun, Sergo is described as a person who survives by his own hard work. He breeds eight sows to get piglets. He says he doesn’t spend money on piglets, since he feeds only sows.
18:01 | December 22, 2017
The periodic breakdowns in the pipelines that convey toxic wastes flowing from the Akhtala Mountain Enrichment Combinat (AMEC) to the tailings dam in the Nahatak Canyon aren’t the only risks to the environment in this part of Armenia’s northern Lori Province.
18:45 | December 11, 2017
After local elections were held on November 5, Aygepar, along with fifteen other smaller settlements, was incorporated into the community of Berd. What benefits, if any, will Aygepar derive from its incorporation into Berd also remains to be seen.
21:51 | July 25, 2017
Protesting new sanitary regulations imposed by the Eurasian Economic Union, around forty merchants from surrounding villages today blocked the road leading to the Armenian border crossing at Bagratashen leading into Georgia.
16:18 | July 19, 2017
Ever since his father left the village of Koghes, a village in Armenia’s Lori Province, to find work in Russia, the fifth-grader must now take care of the household - his little brother and sister – along with his mother Sousanna.
09:42 | May 1, 2017
Residents complain that their taxes are being spent for the personal purposes of community head Sahak Nazaryan, who, above all, has a habit of firing people who didn’t vote for him.
20:49 | December 23, 2016
“To be frank, raising ostriches is no longer a business for us. It’s just interesting. We keep them because it’s pleasurable. We weren’t successful breeding them,” says Slavik’s son Geghayr Zournachyan.
22:26 | November 1, 2016
When Alaverdi Aarhus Center Coordinator Anush Evoyan asked Armenian Copper Programme (ACP) Director Lusineh Mejlumyan about the incident, Mejlumyan claimed that the smog resulted from high cloud cover.
12:03 | April 21, 2016
It was three days ago that the village of Akori, in Armenia’s Lori Province, received news that native son Gevorg Gevorgyan had been killed in the recent round of fighting in Artsakh.
15:30 | January 27, 2016
No one at Masko Mine, the parent company of Akhtala Mountain Enrichment Combinat (AMEC), was to talk to workers, Akhtala residents or the press regarding the problems AMEC is facing due to a drop in world copper prices.
15:33 | October 15, 2015
“The mine is of no benefit to us. The benefit goes to those removing the ore. You or I will get nothing. Who take our opinions into account?” exclaims village resident Albert Tamaryan.
16:24 | September 30, 2015
Kimprom chemical plant workers were back on the street today outside the Lori Provincial Governor’s Office in Vanadzor to demand they be paid nine months worth of back wages.
10:16 | September 11, 2015
A public hearing regarding a new mine proposed by Vallex Group took place today at the Alaverdi Municipality but broke down after several heated exchanges between residents of the affected villages and company representatives.
17:38 | September 7, 2015
Before this morning’s failed attempt by Kimprom factory workers to close a section of highway linking Vanadzor and Alaverdi to raise the issue of back wages owed them, the workers had again met with Lori Governor Artur Nalbandyan outside his office.
10:22 | September 7, 2015
Large numbers of police are currently preventing Kimprom chemical plant factory workers,demanding they be paid back wages, from closing off a stretch of the roadway between Vanadzor and Alaverdi in Armenia.
14:17 | August 24, 2015
Valeri Mejlumyan, chairman of the Vallex Group of Companies that runs the Teghout mine in Armenia’s Lori Province, asked a bunch of local community leaders last April for permission to conduct geological studies in the Tzaghkashat-Akhetk mine site.
14:13 | April 17, 2015
The two men are upbeat about the future. They say that the old orchards are being restore and that the only impediment are the toxic wastes being dumped in the Debed River by the Akhtala mining company
10:49 | April 13, 2015
Exhausts poured from the Armenian Copper Programme’s copper and molybdenum processing plant in Alaverdi from 11am to 3pm today, blanketing a number of neighborhoods in white smoke.
13:42 | April 10, 2015
Tzavaryan, who has pumped close to $780,000 into the renovation project over the past fifteen years, told Hetq that the important work to stabilize the edifice had been accomplished.
17:14 | February 19, 2015
After firing thirteen employees at Armenia’s Akhtala Mining and Processing Plant for filing a petition for wage increases and better work safety conditions, management says it will take the workers back starting tomorrow.
12:35 | November 10, 2014
“There is a great lack of forestry professionals in Armenia. Sadly, this problem exists in all countries. Luckily, a forestry division recently opened in the Academy of Agriculture. However, dues to various reasons, most graduates prefer to go to work outside the forestry sector,” Matevosyan replied.
11:27 | November 3, 2014
Father VrtanesBaghalyan, parish priest at the 6th century Odzoun church in Armenia’s Lori Province says that while the company responsible for renovating the famous edifice has done a good job, the removal of rainwater remains a problem.
13:19 | August 1, 2014
Of the 11 manholes on Pghndzagortsner St. in the S/Sarahart district in Alaverdi, 6 are missing covers: the sewer smell emanating from them makes it impossible to walk on certain parts of the road.
11:48 | July 29, 2014
Drinking water not supplied to the entire village, no natural gas supply system, and an impassable road are just some of the problems faced by residents of the village of Katchatchkout in Armenia's Lori Province.
14:40 | July 16, 2014
Workers at the financially strapped Kimprom plant again took to the streets in front of the Lori Regional Government Office in Vanadzor early today demanding to speak to presidential adviser and former energy minister Armen Movsisyan.
17:17 | July 11, 2014
The coordinating committee representing Kimprom workers in Vandzor threatened to stage an open- ended strike if presidential advisor Armen Movsisyan didn’t meet with them by 10 am on June 16.
11:42 | June 18, 2014
Head of the Tumanyan Division of the Lori Regional Police of the Republic of Armenia, Colonel Artur Harutyunyan, through his acquaintances, on June 12 asked Hetq not to publish an article about his building a house — without consulting him first.
12:00 | April 12, 2014
Residents of Shamlugh, a town close to the Georgian border in Armenia’s northern Lori Province, are complaining that the water flowing from their faucets during the past week has been muddy and undrinkable.
12:20 | March 20, 2014
When asked by this reporter, Darbinyan said that 300 million AMD had been spent to refurbish local roads. The work, in fact, was mostly carried out by companies owned by the mayor and his brother.
15:50 | March 10, 2014
Of the four candidates proposed in yesterday's local government elections, residents of the village of Lernavan in Armenia's Lori Province once again voted for the incumbent, village mayor Vachagan Vardanyan, saying that despite problems in the village, he can only do so much and the Armenian government should step in and help.
12:40 | February 5, 2014
Huge trees have sprouted on the roofs of the churches and mausoleum from lack of care; they are surrounded by bushes and are inaccessible for tourists. These marvelous historical and cultural monuments entrusted to the management of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin have been neglected for too long.
10:36 | January 29, 2014
The 40.5 million AMD already allocated from Armenia’s state budget to restore and reinforce the Sanahin monastery complex has been misspent. And this squandering of tax payer money has occurred right under the nose of the Ministry of Culture.
11:40 | January 23, 2014
Hetq discovered that despite the considerable budgetary resources allocated for waste management, in the city's Sanahin rural and Sanahin station districts waste disposal is only partially carried out, while there is no waste disposal at all in the Akner and Madan rural districts.
11:55 | December 4, 2013
The tailings dam of the Akhtala Mountain Enrichment Combinat (AMEC) is located in the aptly named "Valley of the Martyr”, nestled between the villages of Metz Ayroum and Tchotchkan in Armenia’s Lori Province.
15:28 | November 26, 2013
Armenia’s northern town of Alaverdi is turning into an “open-air” garbage dump.The Debed River, flowing through Alaverdi, continues to serve as a convenient dump site for local supermarkets and stores.
12:18 | November 15, 2013
It makes no sense for me to be sitting behind a desk at the office all day. I’m at the office only when needed. I live in Vanadzor. They can telephone me on matters that need my attention.
15:32 | October 12, 2013
In the northern Armenian town of Alaverdi, there are more than 600 patients registered at the ocal hospital’s ONCO (oncology) clinic. 47 year-old Anzhela Avagyan, who suffers from advanced breast cancer, is one of them.
09:48 | October 2, 2013
Kids attending school in the area have to hold their noses and tiptoe through the stinking mess. Residents of nearby apartments don’t even approach the bins to discard their garbage bags, preferring to throw the bags in the general direction of the bins from a safe distance.
14:20 | September 17, 2013
At the end of the trial proceeding, Hasmik Sharbatyan, sister of the slain attorney, began to cry out loud and approached the accused shouting, “You tortured him, the three of you. They couldn’t recognize his face. I’ll pluck your eyes out Diloyan.”
11:41 | July 3, 2013
The Drmbon copper mine, an underground operation, was launched in 2002. It annually produces 350,000 tons of ore per year. Artour Mkrtoumyan, General Director of Base Metals, says that the mine has reserves for another two or two and a half years only.
14:01 | June 26, 2013
The national government of Armenia had gone ahead an allocated 300 million AMD from the reserve fund for the capital renovation of several streets in the northern Armenian town of Vanadzor.
12:50 | June 18, 2013
A criminal case looking into charges that a former mayor of the village of Shnogh ripped off taxpayers has languished in the investigations unit of the Alaverdi Police Department for the past six months.
10:00 | June 14, 2013
In yet another case of an Armenian official overstepping his legal bounds and selling off land registered as a “historical-cultural monument”, Alaverdi Mayor Artavazd Varosyan has allowed for a 150 square meter parcel surrounding a monument built in 1970 dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Soviet Armenia to be sold to a developer for 165,000 AMD ($400) for the construction of a children’s cafe.
18:48 | May 27, 2013
While the RA Ministry of Agriculture puts the May 25 hailstorm damage suffered by the fields of the Lori Agarak and Ledjan communities at 40%, local residents estimate that the figure is closer to 70-80%.
12:49 | May 23, 2013
Haygaz Khachikyan, mayor of the northern Armenian town of Akhtala, says he warned provincial authorities about the growing environmental dangers his community faces caused by the tailings dams owned by the Akhtala Enrichment Plant
13:41 | May 16, 2013
Yesterday, Armenia’s Greens Union President Hakob Sanasaryan led a group of environmentalists on a visit to the town of Akhtala to inspect the Shamlough open pit mine operated by Metals Prince Ltd.
12:00 | May 4, 2013
Despite the fact that Hetq sources at the Akhtala Mine Enrichment Plant state that Metal Prince Ltd., the plant owners, recently received $800,000 in lieu of purchases, workers have been waiting 21 days for their wages.
12:27 | April 12, 2013
Renovations to the 6th century Odzoun Church appear to have failed due to disagreements amongst those responsible. Father Vrtanes Baghalyan told Hetq that the Armenian government had allocated 20 million AMD ($50,000) for renovations in 2010 based on a request filed by Catholicos Garegin II.
23:44 | March 31, 2013
A section of the pipeline carrying exhaust fumes at the Alaverdi Copper-Molybdenum Plant collapsed today, spewing toxic smoke over the town in northern Armenia. Usually, the fumes at the plant owned by the Armenian Copper Programme, a subsidiary of the Vallex Group, are channeled into the giant smokestack and from there into the atmosphere above the town.
16:49 | March 29, 2013
Two year-old Milena Tiratsvyan was diagnosed with leukemia seven months ago and is currently being treated at Yerevan's R. H. Yolyan Hematology Center. The family is in no financial position to pay for the medical treatment that little Milena requires.
22:29 | March 24, 2013
Two year-old Milena Tiratsvyan was diagnosed with leukemia seven months ago. Karen, the young girl’s father, said that Milena was sent from the Alaverdi Hospital to the Arabkir Hospital in Yerevan for treatment.
12:24 | March 14, 2013
246 of the 265 workers at the Alaverdi Copper Smelter taking part in an October 2012 medical study were diagnosed as having an elevated range of cardio-vascular and respiratory illnesses.
16:49 | February 18, 2013
None of the opposition candidates have certified representatives at the three polling stations in the Lori village of Otzoun. Neither are there any outside election monitors on site.
12:45 | February 6, 2013
When we visited the site, we saw what they meant. When we approached the confluence of the Getak and Debed rivers, a plant worker manning the pumping station tried to prevent us from taking pictures of the waste flow.
13:51 | January 21, 2013
When dental nurse Silva Papoyan opened the door to the Alaverdi clinic this morning where she works, she knew the place had been burgled. The place was a mess, the latest victim of a spate of robberies that has hit the area.
12:09 | January 19, 2013
The absurdity in all this is that on January 10, the Vanadzor Municipality’s website boasted: “We are continuing the difficult snow removal work.” Oh really? Perhaps the municipality’s snow removals crews got lost somewhere on the way to the job.
19:21 | January 17, 2013
Some residents of Haghbat village called Hetq yesterday. They were concerned that some large clay vessels unearthed at the nearby Alaverdi cemetery had wound up on the grounds of the Atorik restaurant.
12:29 | January 8, 2013
People have been dumping trash alongside the road to the village of Haghpat, in Lori Marz, for years. The small river that runs through the dale is awash in garbage and no one seems to mind.
11:54 | December 6, 2012
Based on the revelations appearing in a December 4 Hetq article, the Lori Public Prosecutor has filed criminal charges against the former Shnogh Village Mayor Haykaz Kochinyan for suspicious financial dealings while in office.
13:43 | December 4, 2012
It has now come to light that former Shnogh Village Mayor Haykaz Kochinyan was paying 1.2 million AMD ($3,000) every year from 2007 to 2011 out of the community budget in gas expenses for a car that didn't run and that was parked in the mayor’s outside garage for the years in question.
18:18 | November 13, 2012
School enrollment in Jiliza decreases from year to year. There are no first, second, third or sixth grades. “There was one child scheduled for enrollment in the first grade, but the family moved away,” says Mayor Vardanyan.
13:50 | November 2, 2012
Forests in the strategic border region of Jiliza, Lori Marz, again fell prey to the chopping axe yesterday. 15,000 hectares of the forest is under the “protection” of the HayAntar Jiliza Forestry Division, while another 4,000 is under the administrative care of the Lalvar Forestry Division.
11:57 | October 31, 2012
Grigor Hakobyan, Chief of the Agricultural and Environmental Department at the Lori Regional Authority, told Hetq that only 6,000 hectares of the 42,000 registered as “arable land” has received a fall planting of wheat.
14:39 | October 25, 2012
One month after Hetq reported that toxic tailings from the Akhtala Mining Enrichment Combine’s Tchotchkan tailing dam were freely flowing into the Akhtala River, nothing has been done either by the state government or the company to halt the lethal discharge.
09:32 | October 22, 2012
When we spoke top Mayor Titanyan, he mentioned several underlying reasons why so much land is not being cultivated. First off, there are some 1,000 residents who have left and their plots remain fallow.
17:34 | September 27, 2012
In an Armenian version of a town hall meeting, Lori Regional Administrator Artour Nalbandyan met with 32 local residents yesterday, most of whom presented requests and petitions dealing with employment, health and other social matters.
01:09 | September 25, 2012
The effluents were being carried from a pipe directly from the Akhtala mining enrichment plant that is owned by Serob Der-Boghossian; the diaspora Armenian businessman now serving jail time for paedophilia.
16:56 | September 24, 2012
16 year-old Artak Grigoryan hadn’t spoken a word in his life until quite recently. He’s never attended school in his native village of Akori, Lori Province. It seems that Artak’s cleft deformity, a treatable congenital pathology, has held him back from living a normal childhood.
14:34 | September 15, 2012
The two decisions allowed for the following financial assistance to be handed out smack dab during the election campaign: Resident Marineh Yeghikyan got 185,000 AMD, Ani Yeghikyan got 225,000, Sona Sargsyan - 150,000, Ani Ramazyan - 90,000, Vardouhie Yeghikyan - 200,000, and so on.
23:55 | August 30, 2012
Today, the Security Chief of the Akhtala Enrichment Combine and two other men are reported to have fired gunshots in the direction of the apartment owned by Karen Khachikyan, brother of the Akhtala mayor.
12:13 | August 24, 2012
Nikolai Nikulin, a Russian living in Armenia's Lori Marz village of Tzater, has a serious “identity” problem. The man has no identity documents of any kind and thus hasn’t been able to work for the past 22 years.
19:17 | August 14, 2012
We got in touch with Mayor Kochinyan for some answers. His reply was short and to the point. “Stay as far away from me as possible and don’t enter this village. You were here on Saturday. You think I don’t know?”
11:03 | August 9, 2012
Several community leaders in Lori Marz have sent letters to President Serzh Sargsyan, asking that he pardon Serop Der-Boghossian who was found guilty in 2011 of “having sex with minors against their will” and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
12:50 | July 27, 2012
The Akhtala Mountain Enrichment Combine, owned by Metal Prince Ltd., is goimng through a rough patch. Its production of copper ore has dropped by 50-60%. This translates into 500-600 tons of total production.
00:08 | July 20, 2012
Papik Aroushanyan has served as the mayor of Metz Ayroum, a village mostly populated by Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan, for the past 15 years. From our brief encounter, I got the clear impression that Mayor Aroushanyan was fed up and tired from the job.
13:03 | July 13, 2012
Aida said that the village Mayor Haykaz Kochinyan presented the family with New Year’s gifts in January – one box of coffee and candy and some cigarettes. She says this was the first year that the mayor gave the family any type of help.
12:34 | June 27, 2012
Evidently, plant management has failed to inform its employees about the dangers. But none of them were wearing any protective clothes anyway. So what’s the risk of ingesting some toxic beans or corn?
11:44 | June 12, 2012
The planned construction of a water pipe in the village of Odzoun in Armenia’s northern Lori Marz might well kill more than 150 pine trees towering alongside a 200 meter stretch of road.
12:36 | May 30, 2012
The other day, school Vice Principal Seda Khlopouzyan told Hetq that they had no information when the election would take place. She only said that there had been two applications for the job of principal; that of Kimik Petrosyan and Armen Niazyan.
13:16 | May 9, 2012
Hetq tried to talk to Armenian customs officials about the long lines. Despite the fact that the Armenian customs house was open to all RA citizens on May 6, when I visited the border crossing, the door was shut in my face.
00:41 | May 6, 2012
It seems that the Rule of Law party, a junior coalition member, had no use for this law. Hetq received word that bribes, in the form of cell phones, were being distributed by the party in the Sarahart neighbourhood in the northern town of Alaverdi at around 7pm.
16:27 | April 21, 2012
Vallex Group ChairmanValery Mezhlumyan, in an attempt to calm passions in the village of Teghout over a recent incident in which company security guards beat several village residents, travelled to Teghout and asked for forgiveness.
14:03 | April 17, 2012
Residents blocked the road in force after an incident took place yesterday in which security staff of the Armenian Copper Programme’s subsidiary Teghout Ltd. had beat up several villagers.
13:20 | April 12, 2012
In a sexual assault case involving a minor that took place on March 19 in the northern Armenian town of Alaverdi, one person has been arrested and another is being sought by law enforcement.
11:40 | March 23, 2012
Large diameter pipes laid under the Dzoraged-Marts section of the road, to service a hydro-electric station owned by Vanadzor Mayor Samvel Darbinyan, have led to large cracks in the road surface.
18:42 | March 12, 2012
The brother of Garik Aghjyan, a 22 year-old miner who died on February 25 at the #305 Akhtala Mine, says that no one from the company has yet conveyed condolences to his mother.
17:57 | February 20, 2012
Workers say they’ve cheated out of half their New Year’s vacation pay, that they haven’t been provided with work uniforms, and that they are forced to spend their half hour lunch period squatting in the mud.
15:05 | February 9, 2012
The winner of the election, Anahit Mousayelyan, whom the teachers did not recognize as being fairly elected, resigned on February 7, and the Lori Regional Governor appointed an interim principal until a new election could be scheduled.
19:24 | February 3, 2012
Rumors had circulated that health problems might lead to some sort of mitigation of the sentence. This wasn’t the case even though Der-Boghossian was transferred to the court from a prison hospital.
12:10 | December 23, 2011
Pupils gathered around the school entrance told Hetq that they won’t go back to class until Armen Niazyan, a village resident who lost the election, is appointed the school’s principal.
00:19 | December 21, 2011
When the election results were announced, school pupils took to the streets with banners in support of the loser Armen Niazyan. The pupils were chanting for Mousayelyan to leave the village.
13:13 | November 26, 2011
Over the past few years, MG has carried out exploratory work over 500 hectares of agriculturally zoned land in the area, uncovering rich deposits of gold, copper and molybdenum.
17:39 | November 17, 2011
An court in Armenia today sentenced Serop Der-Boghossian to 15 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of having sex with minors against their will; the maximum sentence allowed.
12:20 | September 13, 2011
Hetq had pointed the finger at Metal Prince for secretly dumping waste by-products of the Akhtala Enrichment Combine directly into the Akhtala River, a tributary of the Debed River.
20:46 | September 1, 2011
The mother of a victim in the Serop Der-Boghossian paedophilia trial stated that if her son did have sexual relations with the owner of Metal Prince Ltd., it was his 'personal business'.
17:09 | August 22, 2011
But not everyone is willing to take the risk and eat fish caught from the river which serves as a dumping ground for the waste materials of the Akhtala Mining Combine and stone processors in the area.
12:39 | August 16, 2011
On August 14, Hetq reporters spotted 4 trucks on the road leading to the village of Ahnidzor. Three were full of timber. The area in question falls within the Lorout management district.
19:04 | August 2, 2011
Large-scale logging in Jiliza is now underway. Hetq reporters came upon a group of tractors and trucks on the stretch of ro ad winding its way deep in the forest between Alaverdi and Jiliza.
20:24 | July 25, 2011
In the town of Akhtala rumours were spreading today that not all those minors who fell prey to the sexual exploits of Serob Der-Boghossian were included as litigants in the case.
19:10 | July 6, 2011
Even before the noon start time, protestors had assembled in front of the court house demanding a just verdict. The protest was organized by an NGO called the Women's Resource Center.
14:30 | June 20, 2011
What lessons can Armenia learn from new technologies being implemented in these post-Soviet countries to deal with toxic mining wastes? A delegation from Armenia went to find out.
11:15 | May 11, 2011
Even though the tailings dam along the road leading to the Svinets neighborhood in Akhtakla has been closed for the past two years, the threat of the toxins washing into the Akhtala River and then into the Debed River are real.
12:20 | April 18, 2011
Two new bells now grace the Armenian Church of Odzoun near the northern town of Alaverdi. They were installed in a Palm Sunday service and blessed by Bishop Sepuh Chuljian, Primate of the Gougark Diocese.
11:27 | April 18, 2011
On April 16, acclaimed actor Karen Janibekyan and his wife made the trip to a field outside the northern Armenian town of Teghout to plant trees along with 140 college students.
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15:21 | April 4, 2011
Artvi Residents Just Don’t Believe President’s Pledge Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said the following on March 12 regarding the problems facing the country’s agricultural sector. “Each one of us must periodically travel to the villages and ...
12:17 | February 4, 2011
The company has been spreading rumours that workers at the Mining Enrichment Combinat could be out of a job if Der-Boghossian, a U.S. citizen facing charges of paedophilia, was forced to leave. Management has been trying to convince residents that a local Armenian businessman doesn’t have what it takes to operate the plant.
15:10 | November 2, 2010
The public toilets located near the market in the Haypetshin neighbourhood in Alaverdi are creating a public nuisance. Over 50 vendors and passersby use the toilets daily. Unfortunately, neither the town nor the local offices of the RA Ministry of Health ...
14:14 | July 5, 2010
Residents Have Dug Wells Close to Polluted Debed River The village of Qarkop, population 400, lies on the banks of the Debed River in northern Armenia. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, local residents were deprived of a functioning drinking water ...
15:14 | June 21, 2010
Large Photograph of Der-Boghosyan with President Serves as Carte Blanche A large photograph depicting Serop Der-Boghosyan, the American-Armenian owner of the Akhtala Mining and Metallurgical Combine, standing next to President Serzh Sargsyan, was recently ...
14:41 | June 16, 2010
The Vallex Group, a conglomerate of mining concerns in Armenia and the NKR, has announced that it will provide 1,000 Euros to a local NGO in Alaverdi studying the environmental risks posed by the arsenic waste site at the Alaverdi Mining Metallurgical Combine. The ...
13:02 | March 25, 2010
This is the story of yet another private enterprise, a holdover from the Soviet era of manufacturing, which has met its demise. Its owner, Hovik Galinyan, is taking it apart, piece by piece, and selling the parts as construction material. The factory, ...
12:45 | March 23, 2010
Tchotchkan Mayor Samvel Gigolyan is concerned about the tailing dam, property of the Akhtala Mining Enrichment Combine, left over from the Soviet period. He stated that the threat of fissures in the dam is growing by the day.The tailings are in a liquid state ...
17:07 | March 16, 2010
Torrential rains of the last few days have caused the waters of the Debed River in northern Armenia to overflow its banks. As a result, the Armenian Copper Programme’s "Metalurg" athletic field in the town of Alaverdi has been flooded out and a bulwark protecting ...
15:19 | March 8, 2010
Flower vendors in Alaverdi about the slow trade today, despite it being International Women’s Day. Mrs. Neli, who sells her colourful flowers from a small store next to Sayat Nova Square told us that business had dropped from previous years. Rasident ...
18:21 | February 12, 2010
65 year-old Zhora Khachatryan receives a monthly pension of 23,000 AMD ($60). No one works in his family of five. Given the family’s strapped resources, Mr. Khachatryan hadn’t sat down in a barber’s chair for quite awhile. That is until barber Tigran ...
16:30 | November 30, 2009
Back in the early 1980’s, the arsenic waste effluents produced at the Alaverdi Mining and Metallurgical Plant were dumped into a site locally nicknamed the “graveyard This toxic dump is located on the edges of the road leading to the town’s “Len-Hanker” ...
16:18 | November 16, 2009
The mining sector in the district of Tumanyan, nestled in the picturesque natural splendor of Lori Marz, is expanding without hindrance. The rich copper and gold reserves found here are controlled by three of Armenia’s biggest companies. The mine at Teghut ...
16:02 | November 9, 2009
The day I visited Mghart, a village of about 500 located halfway on the road from Vanadzor north to Alaverdi, in Lori Marz, there were at least ten men sitting in the village square. I approached them and asked where I might find the house of Karabakh freedom ...
18:22 | September 28, 2009
American businessman Serob Ter-Poghosyan, president and owner of Metal Prince, has been operating a open copper mine on the sly for the past year. The mine, an eyesore in its own right, is located by the cemetery near the town of Shamlough. Presently, ...
18:00 | September 28, 2009
The town of Shamlough is one of the mining extraction sites in Lori Marz. The villages of Shamlough, Bendik, Boughaqar and Verin Akhtala are located within its administrative borders. During the waning days of the Soviet Union, Shamlough had a population of ...
16:35 | September 25, 2009
These horrific photos attest to the fact that the unique natural beauty of Lori is under attack not only by the Alaverdi Copper Foundry and by wastes emitted by local tailings dams but by the mounds of residential garbage scattered about seemingly neglected ...
19:32 | September 14, 2009
18 year-old Souren Atyan has suffered from progressive muscular dystrophy from early childhood. The debilitating disease has left him crippled. Ill fate has left this young man, a resident of the Dsegh village in Lori Marz, the sole supporter of a family ...
14:06 | August 28, 2009
At 10:15 this morning, a white "Mitshubishi-300L" minivan ferrying passengers back from the Georgian town of Kobuleti struck a "PAZ-672" bus along the 5 kilometer stretch of Ashtarak highway. The minivan passengers sustained heavy injuries and ...
16:56 | August 20, 2009
No parking signs have appeared on Tumanyan Street, a major thoroughfare in the town of Alaverdi next to a building that belongs to the "Kata" store chain. It would appear that Alaverdi drivers see the signs as more of a joke than a concerted effort by municipal ...
11:53 | July 20, 2009
On July 19, during celebrations marking "Alaverdi City and Mining Day", Armenian 'National Artist" Vladimir Msryan was honored at the Alaverdi cultural center. The famous actor's parents, Hovhannes and Araks Msryan, spent many years developing the theatrical ...
15:24 | July 18, 2009
Traffic cops are supposed to protect drivers and pedestrians from unwanted accidents on the highways and byways of the country. This is the theory, at any rate. When a driver sees an approaching cop car, one usually checks the car's speed and takes the ...
19:03 | June 15, 2009
“Hetq” has previously covered the story of Sanasar and Marineh Ghevondyan, an estranged husband and wife from Odzun whose lives has becoming a running battle of mutual recrimination where there exists a healthy share of revulsion for one another. (See: ...
15:33 | May 21, 2009
Svetlana Qaryan, who heads the Polyclinical Division of the Alaverdi Health Center, tolf "Hetq" that some 800 psychologically impaired individuals have been officially registered in the communities of the Tumanyan District and the city of Alaverdi. One ...
13:05 | May 13, 2009
Gayaneh Vardanyan and Souren Harutyunyan, both residents of Building 13 on Engels Street in the town of Alaverdi, angrily point to the two garbage receptacles located in the courtyard of their building. The receptacles are also used by residents of four ...
19:56 | May 4, 2009
In two months, Silva Gevorgyan, a 37 year-old resident of Kachachkout, is going to have her sixth child. The parents believe that the new- born child will make their situation even harder. “I didn’t have money for an abortion. I had to have the baby. ...
19:20 | April 27, 2009
The family of Anahit Hovhannisyan, who resides in building #3/5-20, in the Sarahart district in the city of Alaverdi, now finds herself in extreme poverty. “I am unemployed. My family consists of 7 members, me and my six children. My husband disappeared ...
17:15 | April 20, 2009
Hetq spoke with Ruben Papoyan, a member of the executive board of Teghut Ltd. regarding the current situation at the proposed mine site given the fact the VTB Bank has still not come through with much needed financial assistance. "Presently, preliminary ...
17:10 | April 13, 2009
Recently a business plan entitled “Northern Gateway”, designed to spur the tourism sector in the Tumanyan district of Loris Marz, was circulated in the local town of Alaverdi. The plan, the brainchild of Vazgen Khachikyan, who heads the State Social Insurance ...
19:10 | March 30, 2009
An interview with Gagik Arzumanyan, Executive Director of Armenian Copper Programme (ACP) What is the situation at the Vallex Group given the present stage of the economic crisis? In particular, regarding plans for the mining operation of the ACP at Teghut. ...
15:18 | February 14, 2009
Koto Bejanov, a resident of Akhtala in the Lori Marz, used to work in the Mine owned by the company, the site of recent lay-offs. Mr. Bejanov is a victim of those lay-offs as well. "I can't say how many they fired, but I'm one of them. Now, none of the ...
19:46 | February 9, 2009
On February 5, when we visited Samvel Gigolyan, the newly-elected mayor of the village of Tchotchkan in Lori Province, he was quite concerned about the municipality paperwork handed over to him just two months ago by former Tchotchkan mayor Varujan Tamazyan. ...
19:40 | February 2, 2009
During the last ten years of our travels to the Tumanyan district of Lori Marz, Sergo Karyan, the newly elected community leader of Haghpat, is perhaps the only literate local official we have met. He told us that before being elected community leader, the ...
21:07 | January 26, 2009
The arsenic graveyard of the Alaverdi Mining and Metallurgical Plant, a legacy of the Soviet era, is located on the edges of the road leading to the town’s “Len-Hanker” neighborhood, a mere one kilometer from the district. The Alaverdi-based Armenian ...
20:18 | January 19, 2009
Sanasar and Marineh Ghevondyan, residents of the village of Odzun in the Lori Marz, have brought four male sons into the world. The eldest is thirteen and the youngest is three. “We have lived together for fifteen years, eight of which my husband has lived ...
13:15 | January 15, 2009
Today, no white plums could be seen emanating from the smokestacks at the Alaverdi Copper Smelting Plant. When asked if this meant that the facility was no longer being operated, Andranik Ghambaryan, who heads the Public Affairs Division at the Armenian Copper ...
19:19 | September 22, 2008
“Hetq” has often written about how poisonous wastes from the plant flow directly into the Debed River without first passing through the tailings dam. (See: “The Armenian Government is Obligated to Shut Down the Akhtala Mine Enrichment Plant” ...
18:00 | September 16, 2008
Vanadzor Deputy Mayor Norik Sardaryan explained to us that, “Such an order is a document akin to a residency permit. It is not a house or a private ownership document. The right has been granted to those people to live in those huts since people were ...
12:00 | September 1, 2008
The Cultural Palace is the property of Serop Der-Boghosian as well. As to why Mr. Der- Boghosian saw the necessity to place his picture on the wall of a building he owns, for all the residents of Akhtala that he employs to see on a daily basis, is anyone’s ...
12:29 | July 21, 2008
On July 12, we headed off to a certain spot in the forest. On the newly constructed road leading to the Teghut mine we came across Engel Avetyan, a village resident who was leading his flock of animals to graze. He told us that, “Yeah, there’s ...
14:00 | July 7, 2008
The article had presented information regarding the diversion of budget funds during the construction of a new cemetery in the town of Alaverdi. The investigation of the matter by the OSS quickly resembled more of a farce than anything else. The Agency noted ...
11:00 | March 21, 2008
Melik Ayvazyan, the Village Mayor of Odzun, who goes by the nickname ‘Alabash Melo’, has seemingly gone out of his way to see to it that the residents there suffer the consequences of their political actions. The families of local residents Albert ...
00:00 | February 16, 2008
He really comes into the picture during national elections when residents of Akhtala come out to support him under the banner, “For the honor of our Vazgen.” In this context Mr. Khachikyan himself state that in the National Assembly elections of ...
17:48 | January 28, 2008
One of the most influential men in the village of Akhtala, located in Lori Marz (Region), is Vazgen Khachikyan. A member of the Republican Party, he currently serves as the Chairman of the State Social Insurance Fund of Armenia and is a former deputy to the National Assembly.
00:49 | January 21, 2008
Due to existing unemployment the city of Tumanyan, with some 1,900 residents, is in dire social straits. During the Soviet era 1,200 people worked in Tumanyan’s fire-resistant brick processing factory. Mostly women worked in the knitted clothing plant that employed some 200.
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15:30 | November 19, 2007
On November 11th a “Zil 131” truck tipped over and rolled into the valley below while returning from the Lalvar forest products company located near the village of Shogh in the Lori Marz (Region). The truck was loaded with wood from tip to toe.
14:08 | November 12, 2007
With the aim of solving immediate problems confronting the Marzes (Administrative Regions), the Government of the Republic of Armenia (ROA) has approved a decision to allocate a total of 1 billion and 770 thousand Armenian Drams from the 2007 forecasted Reserve Fund of the ROA State Budget for project expenditures in the Lori Marze.
Articles Economic Gain Wins in Teghut
14:57 | November 5, 2007
On November 3, the Vallex Group officially announced the beginning of its construction of a copper and molybdenum mine in the village of Teghut. Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan was present at the ceremony, and nothing was spared to make it an impressive event.
Articles $21,500 for a Toilet
15:34 | September 10, 2007
In 2007, the Alaverdi Municipality allocated 7,200,000 drams (US $ 21,500) to build a toilet near the entrance to the monastery in the village of Sanahin. Construction work on the toilet has yet to be completed.
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14:37 | February 12, 2007
Head of the administration of the village of Akori in the Lori Marz and Republican Party member Kamo Simonyan said on Alaverdi's Ankyun +3 TV station the Republican Party is a very good party, and in his opinion the entire village should join it, even though the party hasn't done anything for the village of Akori. To this end, Simonyan forcibly collected the passports of the villagers, and even took it into his head to summon the parents of children who attend the village-run kindergarten and order them to join the party immediately, or risk having their children dismissed.
Articles Reports Ignored, Fines Unpaid
15:55 | January 15, 2007
Of eighty-eight grocery stores registered with the tax inspectorate of Alaverdi only two - the main store in the Sarahart district, operated by Atorik, Ltd., and Narine Kharatyan's store in the same district – meet the required sanitary standards.
Articles Illegal Logging in Lori
14:26 | November 27, 2006
On April 6, 2006 Armen Sargsyan a young resident of the village of Arevatsag village in the Lori Marz saw that there was no firewood at home, so he and his cousins Samvel and Manvel harnessed their horse, took an axe and a two-man saw and went to collect firewood from the side roads of Arevatsag and the neighboring Mgart.
12:46 | October 2, 2006
In the beginning of September the residents of Alaverdi learned from flyers distributed around town the Armenian Copper Program (ACP), CJSC (the Alaverdi copper-smelting plant) had arranged for a new loan project with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Articles Campaigning Has Begun in Lori
16:11 | September 4, 2006
Karen Karapetyan, elected to parliament on a majoritarian ticket in Lori Marz's District 32, is currently performing miracles of charity in Tashir. Ahead of the 2007 parliamentary elections, Karapetyan has been bribing residents of Tsater, Aygehar, Mghart, Ardvi, and other villages in his district with two kilograms of sugar.
21:44 | June 5, 2006
In recent years, lack of cultivation has rendered 900 hectares of land in the village of Otzun barren. As to why they are not cultivating their own soil, forty of the villagers we interviewed told us, "There's nothing we can do; we're too poor."
12:47 | March 27, 2006
The conflict that began in 2005 between two of Armenia's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Gagik Tsarukyan, president of Multi Group and Valeri Mejlumyan, owner of Armenia Metal Program, continues to intensify.
16:34 | January 23, 2006
Last December, the local council of Alaverdi approved the budget performance for nine months of 2005, a three-year-program for the socio-economic development of Alaverdi for 2006-2008, and the 2006 budget. But the discussion of these vital issues was kept from the citizens of Alaverdi.
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