14:21 | September 12, 2018
Hetq tried to get clarification from Gagik Khachatryan’s son, Artyom Khachatryan. The latter said his father was out of the country, but that his representatives would answer our questions.
03:27 | August 10, 2018
Over the past three years, Armenia’s Ministry of Health has allocated some AMD 400 million ($830,000) in business contracts to a company owned by Aleksandr Sargsyan, the brother of former Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan.
16:30 | July 19, 2018
The “Arzni” waters plant in the Byureghavan community of the Kotayk Marz has become a headache for “Anelik Bank” CJSC (now ID Bank, renamed after rebranding). The new shareholder of the bank has suddenly found himself in a predicament where the sole hope for its resolution is the impartiality of the new government and the judicial system.
18:45 | June 15, 2018
Regime change in Armenia has put an end to the operations of the Luys Cultural, Scientific and Education Foundation founded in 2009 by former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and former Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.
17:18 | May 9, 2018
Residents of Vardenik, a village in Armenia’s Gegharkunik Province are annoyed that MP Hakob Hakobyan reneged on his promise to vote in favor of Nikol Pashinyan for the post of prime minister on May 8.
13:55 | May 2, 2018
Hetq has received word that the management of GeoPromMining Gold has prevented employees at its Sotk gold mine from joining protesters who have closed the roads leading to the nearby town of Vardenis, in addition to the road from Sotk going to Karvatchar in Artsakh.
15:09 | April 26, 2018
They had done so earlier today as well, but heeding the call of anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan, they temporarily opened the artery, one of the two linking Armenia to Artsakh.
15:34 | April 25, 2018
Manukyan, elected a parliamentary deputy in April 2017 from the 13th district in Tavush Province, where several demonstrations are taking place today, writes “I have always remained faithful to my constituents and what the people of Tavush have to say. I am their friend.”
22:00 | March 30, 2018
Earlier this week, it was announced that Armenian citizens would have to apply for Schengen visas for Germany, Austria, Sweden and the Benelux countries via VisaMetric LLC starting from April 3.
00:05 | March 29, 2018
A company 50% owned by Mikhail Grigoryan, a former Armenian deputy defense minister and commander of the joint Armenian-Russian military unit, plans to build a mini hydro-electric plant on the Tashir River in the Lori town of Stepanavan.
17:23 | March 14, 2018
Narek Tonoyan, who founded the company in 2016, also serves as director of Jinj-Arpa LLC, which operates the Arpa-2 hydro plant on the Kenger tributary of the Arpa, and the Arpa-3 plant on the Arpa River.
17:45 | February 20, 2018
The Ministry of Nature Protection recently approved a plan submitted by Hidden Gold Ltd. to start mining for perlite at the Aragats Mine in Aragatsotn Province in the Talin region.
17:24 | February 16, 2018
The Armenian government has given the green light to Armenian Oil and Gas LLC, a company mainly owned by Russian-Armenian billionaire Samvel Karapetyan, to explore for oil and natural gas in the first and the third sectors in Armenia, which include the provinces of Shirak, Lori and Tavush.
08:57 | February 2, 2018
Samvel Karapetyan, the Russian-Armenian businessman billionaire who owns the Tashir Group, now wants to explore for gas and oil on lands adjacent to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
16:41 | January 25, 2018
This time, the company seeks to start extracting basalt and other ores, in open-pit fashion, at a mining site in Aragatsotn Province, some 3-6 kilometers southeast of the town of Ashtarak.
17:50 | January 15, 2018
A company co-owned by Avetis Berberyan, an assistant to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, plans to build a brewery and restaurant in the resort community of Arzni, in Kotayk Province.
16:49 | December 23, 2017
It seems that the company is going ahead with its plan to build the Sedvi 2 plant on the river even though Hagvi village residents voiced opposition to the project at a public hearing last February.
17:25 | December 5, 2017
Residents of the Armenian-populated village of Tzghaltbila, in Georgia’s Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, have petitioned the Georgian General Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the conduct of Father Anatoly Ivanyuk, who’s been serving the local Catholic community for the past 27 years.
20:53 | October 25, 2017
Two rare white lions, residing at the Minsk Zoo since December 2016, have charmed visitors old and young alike. The lions, it turns out, came from Armenia. More specifically, businessman and erstwhile politician Gagik Tsarukyan gifted them to the son of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
14:39 | October 6, 2017
Samvel Karapetyan never said it was an Apostolic church. Only a part was Apostolic. It occurred in 1830 when they built an adjacent wooden vestibule as the Holy Resurrection Church.
18:17 | October 3, 2017
Just days ago, the installation of a stone cross at a church in the village of Gumburdu led to a confrontation and scuffle between residents and police. The incident sparked comments about a so- called Russian-Azerbaijani conspiracy, and raised questions about the alleged friendly relations between Yerevan and Tbilisi.
10:07 | October 1, 2017
Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that criminal charges of assaulting police and government representatives, property damage, and organized hooliganism have been filed against as yet unnamed residents of the Javakhk village of Gumburdu who tried to gain access to the Holy Resurrection Church on September 30 after being blocked by Georgian police.
15:51 | September 27, 2017
Hetq has received a letter from the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor), saying that citizen Ruben Tatulyan applied to them to assist in removing his personal information from the Hetq website.
17:55 | September 20, 2017
Arayik Arshakyan, an advisor to the head of Armenia’s State Social Security Service, has his eyes set on two potential mine sites in Gegharkounik Province and has filed for an exploratory mining license.
16:38 | September 7, 2017
On September 4, a Yerevan court threw out a suit filed by the Investigative Journalists NGO to force the Special Investigative Service (SIS) to hand over a copy of its decision to drop a criminal investigation into the offshore business interests of Mihran Poghosyan, a former head of the country’s Compulsory Enforcement Service.
16:00 | September 1, 2017
Instead of presenting their new teachers with flowers today, the first day of the new school year, first graders in the Kotayk village of Pyunik, escorted by their parents, gathered in the village square to protest an August 24 government decision that will close the school in two months and have the pupils attend classes in the the neighboring village of Artavaz.
14:11 | August 19, 2017
From August 2012 to March 2013, using false contracts and payment orders, he appropriated a transfer of 5,804,577,000 drams (equivalent to 10,980,000 euros) by the Russian Mir Business Bank CJSC in Moscow.
13:24 | July 26, 2017
A police official tried to convince the protesters that blocking the road doesn’t serve their cause, but they stood their ground, saying the road was open to all except the Miram officials.
10:08 | May 12, 2017
The leading telecommunications operator in Armenia VivaCell-MTS (“MTS Armenia” CJSC) announces about the acquisition of the assets of the ADC Company (“Armenian Datacom Company” CJSC), through participation in an open auction, in accordance with the provisions set by the Republic of Armenia Law on Bankruptcy.
17:15 | March 22, 2017
Samvel Aleksanyan, a Republican Party of Armenia MP running for reelection in the April 2 election, is probably best known as the owner of the Yerevan City chain of supermarkets in Armenia.
12:44 | March 22, 2017
Artur Baghdasaryan, president of the Armenian Renaissance party and a former secretary of the National Security Council, seems to have suffered a bout of amnesia when filling out his financial disclosure, to be filed with the Central Electoral Commission, as a candidate for Armenia’s new parliament that will be decided based on the April 2 election.
14:17 | March 21, 2017
The ruling Republican Party of Armenia says, “Citizens of Armenians, Armenians, Yezidis, Russians, Assyrians, Kurds, Greeks and representatives of other national minorities have the opportunity for full- fledged expressiveness.”
14:45 | March 13, 2017
Since the ORO alliance has nothing specific to say about Javakhk, this writer can only assume that the alliance believes Javakhk and the problems faced by Armenians there, are of no concern to citizens in Armenia.
16:37 | January 30, 2017
Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS) is refusing to provide Hetq a copy of its decision to drop a criminal investigation into the offshore business interests of Mihran Poghosyan, a former head of the country’s Compulsory Enforcement Service.
14:01 | January 24, 2017
On January 11, 2017, Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS) received a notice from Switzerland’s Federal Department of Justice and Police, saying that it couldn’t offer legal assistance in the offshore business case of Mihran Poghosyan.
16:00 | December 30, 2016
A large shareholder of AraratBank was the Flash gasoline company owned by Barsegh Beglaryan (64%). 25% was owned by the Reconstruction and Development Bank, and 10% by Rural Impulse Found II.
16:50 | December 27, 2016
“It doesn’t matter who owns the wells or who is behind their operation. Two principles are important for us. The first is whether a well is legal or not. The second is whether the well meets the standards of efficiency set by the government,” Minasyan said.
02:37 | December 15, 2016
Vardan Ayvazyan, a Republican Party MP in Armenia’s parliament and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Economic Issues, has invested thousands of dollars in Tbilisi businesses and real estate without noting them in his financial disclosures.
17:55 | November 2, 2016
The fate of the house where Lusineh Zakaryan, the prominent Armenian soloist best known for her renditions of Armenian spiritual hymns, grew up in Akhaltskha (Javakhk) remains up in the air.
15:50 | November 2, 2016
In May, one month after Hetq broke the story, the SIS launched a criminal case into the Poghosyan matter. Companies linked to him registered in Panama soon after attempted to transfer their shares held in Armenia to others.
18:39 | October 26, 2016
In a Yerevan administrative court today, ArmenTel CJSC has demanded that Ashot Poghosyan, a former company security chief, pay 1.783 billion AMD (approximately US$3.7 million) for losses the company incurred do to his actions on the job.
20:36 | October 21, 2016
As a parent of an MP, Anahit Enfiajyan is obligated to file a financial disclosure with the government’s Ethics Committee. None of them over the past five years shows that she ever received dividends or income from Hovter Ltd.
13:06 | October 10, 2016
The other two Armenians who will sit in the Georgian parliament, representing Samtskhe-Javakheti, are Ruslan Poghosyan and Samvel Manukyan. Respectively, they were 19th and 23rd on the Georgian Dream proportional ballot.
13:19 | October 9, 2016
According to preliminary elections results issued by Georgia’s Central Election Commission, the Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia party came in first place in yesterday’s parliamentary elections with 51.39% of the vote.
10:33 | September 24, 2016
The Water Resources Management Agency of Armenia’s Ministry of Nature Protection is currently drafting a water usage permit for the Astghaber small hydropower plant that Telia Mining LLC wants to build on the Geghi River in Armenia’s southern Syunik Province.
17:08 | August 29, 2016
Modegam is an Armenian village in the Georgian region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. In the upcoming October parliamentary elections, the village will be voting for candidates nominated in the Borjomi district and not that of Akhalkalaki, like the other Javakhk Armenian villages.
14:24 | August 24, 2016
Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Khachik Hakobyan employed legalese to argue that the ministry could play no part in the case involving two Armenian brothers arrested on March 23 in Tanzania when they attempted to smuggle 61 monkeys out of the country.
16:21 | August 23, 2016
Of the 68 case files regarding illegal felling of 420 trees compiled in the first half of 2016, 21 have been sent to the police and 47 to the ministry of nature protection for follow-up.
16:00 | August 15, 2016
When construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline got underway and it was revealed that a 2- kilometer section of the 1,768 pipeline would pass through the fields in the village of Molit, in the Samtskhe-Javaketi region of Georgia, local Armenian residents were overjoyed.
15:00 | July 1, 2016
Companies owned by Aram Harutyunyan, commissioner of Armenia’s Water Resources State Commission, continue to win lucrative government contracts in Kotayk Province – all without competitive bids.
00:04 | June 23, 2016
A bill that will let Khachatryan Brothers Ltd. postpone paying VAT tax for three years as financial compensation for its planned investment of 1.9 billion AMD (US$3.9 million) to build a small hydro- power plant in Armenia’s Syunik Province, has been submitted for government approval.
15:00 | June 15, 2016
Arskar Ltd., a company solely owned by Anastas Arsenyan, brother of Armenian MP Ashot Arsenyan, plans to operate an open-pit sand and gravel mine a mere 2.5 kilometers from the resort/spa town of Jermouk.
13:19 | June 10, 2016
A company owned by the business partner of Narek Sargsyan, the nephew of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, is set to build a small hydro plant in a section of the gravity irrigation network in Vayots Dzor Province.
17:35 | June 6, 2016
In a brazen midday assault outside the NKR parliament in Stepanakert, a group of eight men dressed in military uniforms attacked Hayk Khanoumyan, an Artsakh MP with the National Renaissance Party, and manhandled him into a waiting car.
09:30 | April 4, 2016
Major General of Justice Mihran Poghosyan, Armenia’s Chief Compulsory Enforcement Officer, is one of the country’s officials who has sown deep roots in offshore economic zones. While his companies registered in those zones operate, Poghosyan uses his position to advance his business interests, all the while concealing his income.
12:04 | March 9, 2016
Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Office has weighed in on the matter, declaring that Karen Hakobyan’s rights have been violated due to the illegitimate actions of the energy ministry and its negligence.
13:31 | March 8, 2016
Small hydroelectric power plants in Armenia are pouring electricity into the country’s grid—and a steady stream of guaranteed income into the pockets of the political insiders who own them.
14:30 | March 4, 2016
Arkady Gevorgyan, former president of Armenia’s Union of Fish Farmers, says that the sector is in bad shape due to the fact that Russia’s middle class, where a majority of Armenia’s fish exports went, are no longer consuming the product due to a weakened ruble.
16:05 | February 25, 2016
A Yerevan court today started to examine the evidence related to Ashot Poghosyan, a former ArmenTel security chief implicated in a scam that rerouted $500 million in revenues at the telecommunication company.
01:35 | February 17, 2016
According to the ministry, the abovementioned agreement stipulates that Russia will finance, in the form of direct grants, various projects (providing equipment, services, etc.) in Armenia to the tune of US$42 million and 130 million rubles ($1.7 million).
15:15 | January 13, 2016
The European Court of Human Rights ECHR) has decided not to review a petition filed by United Javakhk leader Vahagn Chakhalyan charging Georgian authorities with persecuting him for his political views.
14:18 | December 14, 2015
Wild trout are practically no longer to be found in the Yeghegis river in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor province. Villagers say the trout were once plentiful. They are convinced that the hydro-plants are the culprit.
18:34 | December 6, 2015
Entering her local polling station in Yerevan's Ajapnyak district to vote in today’s constitutional change referendum, Nelli Minasyan (photo) saw that someone had already cast a ballot in her stead.
13:30 | December 1, 2015
Karen Hakobyan, the Deputy Governor of Armenia’s Gegharkunik Province, and Yurik Baghdasaryan, Mayor of Landjaghbyur, a village in the same province, are gearing up to mine and export sand from the village.
00:03 | November 19, 2015
Kobelyan claims that the cadastre agency is violating presidential decree 525 15.09.2007 and his company’s charter. This decree defines the process of reorganization and privatization registry for companies with partial state ownership.
17:04 | November 17, 2015
Ashot Poghosyan, a former security chief at ArmenTel, has confessed that he was involved in setting up a cable link for international telephone calls that rerouted revenues in such a way as to avoid taxes.
00:05 | November 12, 2015
Unifish, one of Armenia’s largest fish farms, has been declared bankrupt. Artur Atoyan, president of Armenia’s Fish Farmers’ Union, told Hetq that if the ministry continues to display its indifference towards the sector, another 35 fish farms in Armenia will close as well.
00:05 | November 11, 2015
In 2012 the woman traveled to Europe and applied for refugee status. Germany argued that she had to go back to Armenia, a country where there is no war. German authorities entered her apartment one morning, got her out of bed, and escorted her to the airport. Nina didn’t have time to collect her belongings.
15:09 | November 2, 2015
A panel of experts, who gathered today at Armenia’s Ministry of Nature Protection to debate a government plan regarding management of water resources in the Ararat plain, pointed out that over utilization of the area’s underground aquifer reached its peak in 2014.
18:10 | October 23, 2015
The dispute dates to 2010 when Vardan Ayvazyan’s company Ldjer Ltd. obtained the right to use a lake in the village to farm fish. He banned locals from catching fish in the lake.
12:55 | October 21, 2015
The Vatican says it will investigate long standing rumors that a Catholic priest serving in the Samtskhe- Javakhk village of Tzghaltbila has sexually abused boys serving in the church.
Investigation Who Owns the Internet in Armenia
00:01 | October 6, 2015
For the most part, foreign companies control the telecommunications sector in Armenia. They are international holding companies, companies founded by the governments of other governments, as well as companies registered in various offshore zones. Russian companies dominate this sector, just like other economic sectors in Armenia.
12:16 | August 24, 2015
Ansoumane Doumbouya, former head of the CITES Management Authority of Guinea and a key player behind the illegal export of hundreds of chimpanzees and gorillas to China and elsewhere, was arrested on August 21.
00:06 | August 21, 2015
Hetq has learnt that 60 pygmy vervet monkeys, imported from Tanzania to Armenia at the beginning of August, were never quarantined even though they were captured in the wild and might pose a risk of spreading dangerous viruses like Ebola.
10:56 | August 11, 2015
Police arrested three people earlier this morning in the Armenian populated community of Tabatzghour (Samtskhe-Javakhk region of Georgia) in the latest flare-up in a long standing battle between local residents and Armenia MP Vardan Ayvazyan regarding fishing rights in the village lake.
15:00 | August 5, 2015
Armenian Deputy Minister of Justice Vigen Kocharyan has told Hetq that the ministry is seeking the legal assistance of foreign governments regarding the prosecution of those involved in Armenia’s largest drug bust to date.
18:14 | July 30, 2015
A group of Nairit employees had sent a letter to Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Yervand Zakharyan on July 18 requesting that he explain several points that were contained in an agreement regarding Nairit-2. They have yet to receive a response from him.
19:23 | July 28, 2015
The Tbilisi Municipal Court today refused to hear a suit filed by residents of the Armenian populated village of Tabatzghour (in the Samtskhe-Javakhk region of Georgia) in their long-going dispute with Vardan Ayvazyan regarding fishing rights in a lake located in the community.
09:33 | July 27, 2015
Only one bus, the #39, makes its way to the section of Yerevan called Korea Valley. It’s only been operating for the past few years. Residents say that before the bus arrived, they would make the trip by foot.
18:44 | July 24, 2015
Armenian Deputy Justice Minister Vigen Kocharyan said that the petition had been reviewed but that extradition wasn’t considered appropriate at this time since a new criminal case in Armenia’s largest drug bust to date was being examined.
09:50 | July 20, 2015
Reviewing the financial disclosure statements of Armenia’s marzpets (provincial governor) one gets the impression that they all live solely on their government salaries. But all of them drive fancy cars, own lots of property, and have their hands in a various businesses.
12:00 | July 13, 2015
In 2014, a 32.2 million AMD (US$62,000) contract to pave a road in the Gegharkounik community of Yeranos went to a company 95% owned by the brother Artoush Ghukasyan, a well connected member of the ruling Republican Party with long years of service in the Gegharkounik Provincial Government.
00:05 | July 10, 2015
On July 28 the Tbilisi Municipal Court is scheduled to rule on a long-going dispute between residents of the Armenian populated village of Tabatzghour (in the Samtskhe-Javakhk region of Georgia) and Vardan Ayvazyan (an MP in Armenia’s National Assembly who was born in the village).
14:45 | July 9, 2015
Avtandil Martiashvili, the Georgian citizen sentenced to 17 years by an Armenian court for driving a truck in which 850 kilos of heroin were seized on January 17, 2014 at the Meghri customs house, has requested that he be extradited to Georgia.
13:53 | July 9, 2015
Saghatelyan Brothers, a company fully owned by Aragatz Saghatelyan (the mayor of Vayk) received a 28 million contract to install an irrigation water pipeline in the village of Khntzorout.
10:23 | July 2, 2015
When Aram Harutyunyan was the Kotayk Provincial Governor (currently Chairman of Armenia’s State Committee of Water Economy), he funneled millions of AMD in state aid to companies he owned.
00:03 | June 1, 2015
As I approach the Avetisyan family’s two story house on the outskirts of Vardenis, a village in Armenia’s Aragatzotn Province, I get the feeling that I was given wrong directions.
13:47 | May 23, 2015
“There is no place to hold a wedding or funeral. We sometimes use the school’s gym. The regional governor told us not to hold requiem meals in the gym. So where should we? Our people don’t have the right to die, to get baptized and married. So what rights do they have?” Mayor Petrosyan asks.
17:30 | May 21, 2015
It all harkens back to 2010 when Vardan Ayvazyan’s company Ldjer Ltd. obtained the right to use a lake in the village to farm fish. He banned locals from catching fish in the lake.
14:00 | May 12, 2015
The World Bank yesterday rejected the findings of a recent International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that projects funded by the World Bank have physically or economically displaced an estimated 3.4 million people over the last decade.
13:46 | April 17, 2015
In addition to the above project, the ICIJ claims that another three World Bank (WB) projects in Armenia have been cited as having confirmed or possible displacement between 2004 and 2013. (The WB doesn't have information on the effects produced by the rest).
00:09 | April 16, 2015
The textbook issue hit the pages of the press after teachers at Javakhk Armenian schools said they hadn’t received material sent from Armenia. The press then chimes in that the books were being held up at the Georgian border.
20:13 | April 14, 2015
In Armenia I didn’t see many works except at your outlet. But I was surprised to see that there is a lot of data online for Armenia. Just by Googling a few things I found many data sets. So, it is a very good start to do data journalism.
11:42 | April 1, 2015
Davit Ohanyan, son of General-at-Large Hovik Ohanyan (appointed to the special post in 2013), wants to increase the wattage capacity of a hydro power he’s built in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor Province.
19:08 | March 30, 2015
Eighty-six year-old Albert Makyan, who lives at 44 Hanrapetutyan Street in Yerevan, posted a sign above the entrance to his home that reads, “Please don’t try touching 44 Hanrapetutyan.”
11:08 | March 20, 2015
The National Statistial Service reports that the country exported close to 96,000 tons of live fish last year. Despite yearly increases, during the previous four years the annual amount never exceeded 25,000 tons.
13:31 | March 19, 2015
Disgruntled Nairit Rubber Plant employees again demonstrated outside the Government Building in Yerevan today demanding another meeting with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan to discuss payment of the twenty months in back wages owed them
10:00 | February 26, 2015
Armenia’s Ministry of Nature Protection has given the green light for International Gold to conduct geological studies around the Tzarasar goldfield in Armenia’s Gegharkounik Province.
11:35 | February 23, 2015
While Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Khachik Hakobyan confesses that Armenia has a problem regarding the illegal trade of endangered animals, the official also confesses there has been no evidence of Armenia's involvement in the matter.
13:00 | January 26, 2015
Martiashvili was found guilty on January 20, 2015 for driving a truck that was found to contain 850 kilos of heroin when inspected seized at the Meghri customs house on January 17, 2014.
09:05 | January 13, 2015
Klimko says that for the past five months Armenian law enforcement bodies have been preventing him from organizing a legal defense and haven’t allowed his lawyer Tigran Atanesyan from familiarizing himself with the case material.
13:32 | December 17, 2014
The affected areas fall within a region that the IDeA (Initiatives for Development in Armenia), co- founded by Vardanyan, has been actively promoting as a prime tourist zone in Armenia.
12:39 | December 16, 2014
One questions such a name for the company since “anapat”, in Armenian, can be translated as the noun “desert” or “wasteland”, or the adjectival equivalent “barren”. Perhaps they had in mind “wilderness”.
12:47 | December 10, 2014
Citizens of Armenia may now enter Georgia without a visa for a short-term stay not exceeding 90 days (in any 180 day period) but will have to pay US$50 in consular fees to get a visa for more than 90.
13:45 | December 4, 2014
Swiss resident Sirmakes, who was born in Istanbul, also serves as Armenia’s consul general in France (Marseille). Sirmakes is a large shareholder in ArtsakhBank,. He founded and is the sole shareholder of ArmSwissBank.
00:03 | October 31, 2014
The idea doesn’t sound too far-fetched in the minds of three young men from Armenia. In fact, they argue that Armenia can make its mark in this field if the venture is approached with some proper planning and financing.
14:31 | October 30, 2014
The heroin was seized on January 17, 2014 at the Meghri customs house when a truck, driven by Georgian citizen Avtandil Martiashvili, entering Armenia from Iran was inspected.
12:17 | October 29, 2014
Lousineh says that the airline offered to reimburse them for their tickets. She says this option was out of the question because purchasing a new set of tickets just before departing would be expensive.
16:47 | October 15, 2014
Arman Nazaryan, a resident of the Goghtanik village in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor province, was so concerned that a number of neglected stone crosses and tombstones he’s come across might be historically valuable, that’s he’s gone to the press top raise the alarm.
00:02 | October 13, 2014
The Turkish-based multinationalAnadolu Group officially launched the operation at its US$200 million Paravani hydro-electric plant in the Armenian-populated Javakhk region of Georgia.
09:00 | October 6, 2014
With the deadly Ebola virus running rampant in certain eastern African countries, the Armenian government has said that is taking measures to beef-up security at points of entry into the country.
13:00 | September 11, 2014
At a regional conference today in Yerevan regarding the illegal drug trade, former Armenian prosecutor general Aghvan Hovsepyan noted that Armenia must pay greater attention to combating the menace because Armenia might become a transit country.
12:49 | September 11, 2014
During a coffeebreak at a press conference today in Yerevan regarding ways to combat the illegal drug trade in the region, former prosecutor general Aghvan Hovsepyan claimed that systematic corruption within the prosecutor’s office had long since been dealt with and no longer exists when asked by reporters to comment on the current state of the office.
11:02 | September 11, 2014
According to U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, the sale of the three hydroelectric power plants in Armenia (Vorotan Cascade), to U.S. energy giant ContourGlobal has yet to be finalized despite early government reports to the contrary.
18:18 | September 8, 2014
According to a Hetq source, Nairit stockholders met and voted today to dismiss Hovhannes Hakhinyan as the director of the financially strapped rubber plant, replacing him with Ruben Saghatelyan, the current production division deputy director.
13:30 | July 29, 2014
Vanadzor-Kimprom CJSC, has become the latest corporate victim of murky offshore transactions plaguing Armenia. Since 2007, 100% of the company’s stock has been owned by Roding Commercial Ltd., an offshore concern.
17:06 | July 22, 2014
Archbishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia, told Hetq that he has no doubt that yesterday’s assault by a mob of fifty on the clergy and staff at the Tbilisi Holy Etchmiadzin Church was organized and premeditated.
12:00 | June 30, 2014
There are major forces at play here and the prime mover is none other than Gagik Khachatryan, Armenia’s Minister of Finance. Scratch the surface and you’ll find that the individuals behind the demolition of one of the remaining historic sites in Yerevan are connected to Khachatryan.
13:44 | June 16, 2014
Former member of Georgian parliament, head of the Non-Parliamentary Opposition's Akhalkalaki election headquarters Melik Raisyan, in conversation with Hetq, said that the municipal elections in Javakhk yesterday were held with unprecedented violations.
11:19 | June 10, 2014
The Cyprus registered company Four Assist Development Consulting Ltd (4Assist) has taken the Control Chamber of Armenia to task for publishing a number of inaccuracies regarding 4Assist that appeared in its “2013 Annual Report”, demanding that corrections be made.
14:09 | June 3, 2014
The case of 927.6 kilos of heroin discovered by Armenian customs officers will be sent to court in one month's time. Public defender Artak Garoyan, who is Turkish citizen Osman Oğurlu's attorney, in conversation with Hetq, said the defense is now working on changing the charge against Oğurlu.
15:37 | May 30, 2014
The Control Chamber of the Republic of Armenia (RA) in its last report recorded the ineffective management of grants transferred to a Cyprus company. But Ishkhan Zakaryan's "discoveries," as always, do not receive the proper attention by Armenia's law enforcement agencies. In this case as well, no criminal case was launched. And the Cyprus company provided no clarification.
11:02 | May 15, 2014
The local self-government elections in Georgia will be held on June 15. Members of local government councils, heads of regional administration, and mayors (including of Tbilisi, the capital) will be elected by vote. A new alliance was established in Georgia with the aim of participating in these elections — "Non-parliamentary opposition". Free Georgia, one of the parties in the alliance, began its campaign also in Javakhq.
10:10 | April 7, 2014
The Bioresources Management Agency had prepared a spread of fresh fruit for the Swiss journalist and German camera operator visiting its office. Halfway through the conversation, Ziroyan remembered he had a bottle of "delicious Armenian wine" in the fridge, very much trying to persuade us to taste it: "Drink a little bit; it's very good. Drink so you don't write something [bad] about us."
00:03 | April 3, 2014
Formerly imprisoned Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky now-defunct Yukos Oil Company established a subsidiary in Armenia that, in turn, founded its own daughter companies with their total assets amounting to more than double the Republic of Armenia's state budget in 2006. While Rosneft (an oil company majority owned by the Russian government) and Yukos' Armenian subsidiary continue to battle in foreign courts for control over other Yukos subsidiaries, the Armenian subsidiary's former director is on Interpol's wanted list under dubious charges.
12:06 | March 28, 2014
Today, the trial in which the Iranian company SandbadTir INTL Transport Co. Ltd. is demanding that Nairit Plant CJSC be declared bankrupt continued in Yerevan’s Shengavit Court of First Instance.
18:45 | March 26, 2014
Swiss reporter Karl Ammann and cameraman Klaus Sparwasser have arrived in Yerevan to produce a film for German TV station ZDF regarding Armenia’s role in the trafficking of endangered animal species.
13:25 | March 21, 2014
Nairit Plant does not wish to comment on a Moscow court's ruling against it. Asked by Hetq whether the rubber plant is preparing to pay the amounts ordered by the court or to appeal the ruling, head of Nairit Plant's media and public relations department Anush Harutyunyan was quite curt in her response: "We're not responding to these questions at this moment, as we don't have grounds [to do so]."
17:02 | March 19, 2014
Georgia is examining the documents it received from Armenia regarding extraditing businessman Ashot Sukiasyan, Temur Dolidze, head of the press service of the Georgian Prosecutor-General, informed Hetq.
13:12 | March 18, 2014
Permits will no longer be provided for fish farming in the Ararat Valley, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Territorial Administration of the Republic of Armenia Armen Gevorgyan at a conference today.
10:40 | March 18, 2014
Karen R. Hilliard, the USAID Mission Director to Armenia, says that this wasn’t a problem just 6-8 years ago but that the unrestricted growth of fish farms and unregulated water usage has made it one.
17:11 | March 12, 2014
At first glance, it would appear that the fight is over $1 million. In reality, the Armenian registered Yukos CIS is a key to reveal the other companies of Yukos and to control their capital and shares. And that capital is in the millions of dollars.
17:43 | February 25, 2014
Avtandil Martiashvili, the driver, had entered Armenia from Iran and was headed for Georgia. He was arrested on the spot and charged with drug smuggling. A Turkish citizen, Osman Oğurlu, was arrested several days later in Yerevan as an accomplice.
13:25 | February 22, 2014
Georgi Elibekov, an Armenian member of the Georgian Dream political alliance has recently charged Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church Diocese of Georgia of mismanaging some US $940,000 allocated to the diocese by the Bidzina Ivanishvili Foundation.
22:20 | February 19, 2014
In its continuing investigation into Armenia’s involvement in the illegal trafficking of endangered animal species, Hetq has learnt that two more bonobos (Pan paniscus) were imported into Armenia in 2012 in addition to the two already written about by Hetq.
16:44 | February 14, 2014
With the goal of providing a systematic solution to issues of effective use of water resources in Ararat valley, the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia (RA) is proposing amendments and additions to the RA Water Code, and the RA laws on the Republic of Armenia's National Water Program, on Licensing, and on State Tax.
14:10 | February 12, 2014
Nairit Plant employees today informed Hetq that they are not being allowed to join the protest outside the Armenian government building today. The doors are locked and employees are unable to leave the premises.
00:39 | February 12, 2014
The lawyer of Turkish citizen Osman Oğurlu, who arrested as an accomplice in what Armenian law enforcement calls the largest drug bust in the country’s history, has spoken to Hetq about his client’s involvement in the Jan. 17 incident at the Meghri border crossing with Iran.
16:22 | February 8, 2014
Priton Kenkebashvili, one of the two lawyers defending Ashot Sukiasyan, now being held in Tbilisi for extradition to Armenia, told Hetq that he’s been taken off the case by the person who hired him.
01:16 | February 6, 2014
According to a list provided Hetq by the Ministry of Nature Protection, only one animal included in the Red Book of endangered animal species has imported into Armenia within the past year - a jaguar (Pantera onca). The animal is said to have come from Georgia.
16:01 | February 3, 2014
Armenian authorities now have forty days to present extradition papers to Georgia in order to return Sukiasyan who was arrested at Tbilisi International Airport on Friday after embarking from a flight from Istanbul.
13:25 | January 29, 2014
Razmik Markaryan, the mayor of Kovsakan, a small town in the Artsakh district of Kashatagh that’s gone without water for the past three months, told Hetq that local authorities are working to resolve the issue.
13:25 | January 28, 2014
The old boiler house adjacent to the Armenian Police Kentron division for many years served as a shelter for the homeless. However, ahead of the launch of the new police building and the president's visit, large numbers of homeless people were evacuated from the area.
00:15 | January 21, 2014
According to Hans Christian Kofoed Charitable Foundation Director Shavarsh Khachatryan, there are around 1,000 homeless people in Yerevan. In December 2013, the homeless shelter in the village of Haghtanak was moved to Vardashen and combined with the Danish-Armenian Hans Christian Kofoed Charitable Foundation. There are currently 100 homeless people staying at the shelter, which means only 10% of the homeless have temporary shelter. There are also homeless people outside the capital.
11:46 | January 18, 2014
Born in Etchmiadzin, Tevos grew up in Yerevan. He studied obstetrics and gynecology at the medical university, but never graduated. He was called to compulsory military service, and when he returned, he was unable to continue to studies as he needed to earn a living.
17:15 | December 26, 2013
Out of sight, out of mind…It’s sort of a mantra in Armenia, especially among government agencies. Take the case of the Ministry of Environemnt and its attitude to an endangered African bonobo monkey that recently showed up as an attraction in a local restaurant.
13:46 | December 24, 2013
When it comes to the environment risks threatening Armenia’s Ararat Valley, Hetq has written extensively about large-scale fish farming and the drain they place on the underground aquifers.
00:03 | December 5, 2013
A rug, a candlestick, and a photo album…These are the only items that Seda Ter-Gevorgyan was able to salvage from the ruins left in the wake of the earthquake that struck on December 7, 1988.
00:05 | November 28, 2013
Armenia now enjoys the dubious distinction of being a transit nation for endangered animals. These animals, from exotic African varieties listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species to those native to Indonesia, are being trafficked through Armenia without difficulty.
15:48 | November 27, 2013
In an attempt to sell the mandatory pension fund, scheduled to start as of January 1, to the Armenian public, the Central Bank has bandied about the names of prominent international companies as managers.
10:49 | November 21, 2013
Employees of the financially strapped Nayirit Rubber Plant in Yerevan have assembled outside the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, demanding a meeting with Minister Armen Movisisyan over unpaid back wages.
20:35 | November 17, 2013
Angered by plans to build a third mini hydro plant in their community, Marts village residents and outside environmental activists blocked a section of the Marts-Vanadazor highway.
12:28 | September 24, 2013
Dajat Vardapetyan, a deputy in Armenia’s Parliament and President of the Georgian-Armenia Union, told reporters today that he sees no political overtones to the arrest of Armen Chakhalyan, brother of Georgian-Armenian activist Vahagn Chakhalyan.
10:14 | September 19, 2013
Employees of Yerevan’s Nairit Rubber Factory again gathered outside the financially strapped Soviet- era plant this morning, planning to march on the Presidential Palace to voice their demand that they be paid back wages owed them.
00:22 | September 18, 2013
Father Hakob Sahakyan, who serves as the Spiritual Director of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Akhaltskha, has told Hetq that the Georgian Orthodox Church has appropriated an Armenian church in the village of Damala as one of its own.
16:05 | September 11, 2013
MP Khachatur Kokobelyan, leader of the Free Democrats Party is building a new small hydro plant (SHP) on the Paghdjour River in the village of Getahovit in Armenia’s Tavoush Province. This will be his second SHP on the site.
14:48 | August 22, 2013
I can only speak about the last three years since I became administrator of the district. Prior to my coming on board the district had a population of some 8,000. Today, we have 10,000.
00:02 | June 28, 2013
Chakhalyan had named Saakashvili and Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabshvili in the suit, accusing them of making unsubstantiated charges against him for which he was never prosecuted.
13:32 | June 13, 2013
Vahagn Chakhalyan, an Armenian activist from Akhalkalak, had taken Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to court for making unsubstantiated charges against him for which he was never prosecuted.
11:06 | June 12, 2013
Something I see immediately as a visitor, not really as a journalist, is the problem of rubbish. That’s to say, the peoples' attitude of throwing things on the street or in the parks, whether it is plastic garbage or cigarettes.
18:40 | May 17, 2013
Hrant Karapetyan’s son Artour was 39 when he dies in the blast. The father is now 81 and lives alone with only a photo album of Artour to keep him company. Every time he leafs through the album, tears stream down his face.
00:45 | May 9, 2013
Yesterday the RA Civil Appeals Court let stand a lower court ruling that had gone against a company owned by George Baghoumian, an American-Armenian businessman who died on April 25 while being held in pre-trial detention in the Nubarashen Correctional Facility
13:10 | April 29, 2013
At the ongoing demonstration by Nairit Plant workers outside the Government Building, one of the demonstrators asked a government official if it would be possible for the state to pay the workers’ utility bills.
09:32 | April 29, 2013
Some eighty irate Nairit Rubber Plant workers are staging a demonstration outside the Government Building in Yerevan and are demanding that they be paid almost one year in back wages.
11:23 | April 5, 2013
Shinforum LLC, a company engaged in road and bridge construction, has dropped its slander suit against Hetq according to a statement just released by Kentron and Nork-Marash Court Judge Samvel Tadevosyan.
12:46 | April 2, 2013
Stefan Laxhuber, the CEO of Ostinvestor, today told Hetq that the March 27 verdict of a Yerevan court regarding his suit against Gagik Tsarukyan’s Yerevan Ararat Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory (YABWV), was “ridiculous”.
18:17 | March 27, 2013
A Yerevan court order Gagik Tsarukyan’s “Yerevan Ararat Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory” (YABWV) to pay Stefan Laxhuber, the CEO of the German investment firm “Ostinvestor”, 14.8 million AMD ($36,662) in compensation in a case that dates back to 2009.
14:51 | March 4, 2013
Arzoumanyan was at the center of an incident that took place between striking students and the YSU administration on February 27. The student was caught on film hurling curses at the strikers assembled outside the school.
Investigation Nairit Loan Scam: Yet Another Scandalous Revelation
14:35 | February 20, 2013
As we wrote previously, in 2009 Nairit Plant received its second large loan of 35.5 billion AMD ($86 million) from Interstate Bank. At the time, Vahan Melkonyan was the director. He also served as the Interstate Bank representative in Armenia.
15:05 | February 15, 2013
Of all the candidates now in the race to become the next president of Armenia, only Raffi Hovannisian has anything to say in his election platform regarding the Armenian populated region of Javakhk in Georgia.
15:00 | February 12, 2013
Over the years millions of dollars have been lent to the Nairit Rubber Plant. No one knows the exact amount. The Armenian government remains tight-lipped on the subject. State officials refuse to talk to Hetq. It’s a sensitive topic and a potentially embarrassing one. Yet another traditional example of money laundering at the highest level.
14:59 | January 28, 2013
Eric Narsisyan, Director of Rhinoville Property Limited, a shareholder of Nairit Plant CJSC, appears unwilling to grant Hetq an interview in response to our series of articles following the mysterious money trail of a $70 million loan.
19:11 | January 22, 2013
German businessman Stefan Laxhube told Hetq that he was not pleased with an Armenian court’s examination of his legal suit against Gagik Tsarukyan, alleging that the defendant has exerted pressure on the court.
13:58 | January 15, 2013
At a Yerevan press conference today, Georgian specialist Haykazoun Alvrtsyan took the Armenian government to task for not doing enough to assist the Armenians of Javakhk, both culturally and politically.
19:43 | December 18, 2012
Joe Digangi, a U.S. based advisor with IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network), announced that children’s toys randomly tested in the markets and shops in Yerevan were found to contain 250 times the acceptable safe levels of mercury.
16:48 | December 14, 2012
On November 2, one judicial dispute against Nayirit was resolved. This time, an off-shore company of unknown origin lost. At the same time, two judges handed down two separate decisions regarding the dispute.
12:23 | November 26, 2012
Disgruntled workers of Yerevan’s Nayirit Rubber Factory converged on the presidential palace demanding that the now idle plant be restarted and that their back wages be paid.
17:01 | November 14, 2012
Stefan Laxhube, CEO of the German investment firm “Ostinvestor” says he’s prepared to wage a long- term legal struggle against Prosperous Armenia Party head Gagik Tsarukyan for swindling his company out of shares it purchased in the “Yerevan Ararat Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory” (YABWV).
11:33 | November 13, 2012
Nonetheless, ten deputy managers have been officially employed at the plant, receiving astronomical wages, since 2008. The government has been pulling funds from here and there to pay these supervisors.
10:45 | November 9, 2012
Rafik Petrosyan has been on paid leave since February 2010. He’s been working at the plant for twenty years as a locksmith. He hasn’t been paid wages for nine months. Rafik gets two-thirds of his regular salary while on leave.
13:46 | November 8, 2012
Minutes ago, Armenia’s Court of Appeals rejected the suit filed by the Word of Life religious organization which sought to overturn the July 31, 2012 verdict of a lower court. The lower court had thrown out the slander suit filed by Word of Life against the newspaper Iravounk.
13:10 | November 7, 2012
Ten year-old Narek, 23 year-old Nayira and Kristineh, 24, now live “rough” on a Yerevan street. Their new “home” lies just outside the one room they were kicked out of just a week ago at 3 Hrachya Nersisyan Street.
10:13 | November 6, 2012
“I can’t blame anyone for the state of the school. In a way, I blame myself for not trying as hard as I might have. Wherever I've gone seeking assistance, no one has actually refused. They all say we’ll help, we’ll help, but that’s the extent of it,” says Avetisyan.
Investigation Garni Mini Hydro-Plant Built by Ministry Agency Head
12:58 | November 5, 2012
Called the Garni Plant, it was put into operation by NarEnergo Ltd. One of the founders of the company is Volodya Narimanyan, Chief of the Water Resources Agency at the Ministry of the Environment. Yurik Narimanyan, a relative, is another founder.
17:45 | October 29, 2012
The police report that Nver Hovhannisyan, the director of the Vardenis Psychiatric Hospital, has been released on his own recognizance. Police cite health reasons for the change in Hovhannisyan’s pre- trial detention.
12:45 | October 20, 2012
Koutakan Mayor Aharon Abrahamyan says that 500 hectares of the community’s 1,230 hectares was privatized back in the early 1990s. The land was divided up amongst 40 families. Another 700 hectares was leased to twelve individuals.
12:00 | October 13, 2012
Mkhchyan was arrested on June 24 of this year on charges of real estate fraud. Investigators from the Georgian Ministry of Finance had accused Mkhchyan of falsifying documents regarding the purchase of a building that was turned into the regional office of the alliance in Akhalkalak.
17:01 | October 5, 2012
The Nazaryan family has replaced its old windows with newer double-glazed windows so, once and for all, they can block the noise caused by the small hydroelectric station next to them. The couple's small child is put to sleep in the room at the back so he doesn't wake from the noise. Hayk says that the new windows didn't solve the problem; the noise can still be heard, especially when all 3 generators of the station are in operation.
15:31 | September 21, 2012
According to police, the village of Kakhakn, in Gegharkounik, was rocked by the terrible crime of patricide yesterday.Cops state that Rouben Tsankanyan beat his father Mikhayel with a hunting rifle repeatedly on the head and killed him.
Articles Armenian Villages on Shaky Ground
17:43 | September 13, 2012
Voghjaberd is a village without much of a future. Sitting on an area subject to frequent land slippage, and at risk from rocks tumbling down from higher ground, the houses here seem destined to collapse sooner or later.
17:12 | September 3, 2012
Papak Mkhitaryan, the former mayor of the village of Tzilkar who was convicted of abuse of official power, will be running in the mayoral election scheduled for September 23.
00:29 | August 30, 2012
“Hey, we’re Armenians but Javakhk is losing its Armenian residents. They are leaving because many communities have no gas. People have to burn dung to cook and warm their homes in the winter. No wonder they are leaving where conditions are better,” explains Igityan.
16:13 | August 22, 2012
The Ministry of Agriculture’s Technical Plant Experimental Station wants to evict two families who have been living in one of its buildings. Family members used to work at the Station. The large families have stayed put since they have nowhere else to go. In response the Station cut off electricity a week ago and the gas was shut earlier this month.
Investigation Jahangiryan Family Mini-Hydro Plant Decimates Tezh River
13:56 | August 8, 2012
Readers won’t be surprised to learn that in the past two years the RA Environmental Inspectorate has only managed to inspect two of the small scale hydro-plants that are popping up like mushrooms in Armenia.
10:36 | July 24, 2012
Real estate prices in the tiny Vayots Dzor village of Saravan are on the rise. A house that went for $1,500-$2,000 just a few years ago now goes for $10,000. So what’s behind the sudden “gold rush” in Saravan? That’s right; it’s the yellow metal itself.
09:04 | July 19, 2012
In 2007, the Armenian government changed the zoning status of a 118 hectare section of the reserve known as the Gilan section. This allowed for the commercial leasing of the site and the construction of the building in question. At the time, many were concerned that the building was to be used as a restaurant.
18:10 | July 18, 2012
It seems that many local residents use the sprawling 24,000 hectare reserve in Ararat Marz as a convenient spot to prepare matagh; a pagan/Christian ritual of animal sacrifice. The slaughtered animal is then prepared and eaten.
Investigation Bishop Mkrtchyan’s Hydro-Plants...And More
14:15 | July 13, 2012
During court today, Davit Toumasyan, attorney for the plaintiff Margarita Khachatryan, said that his client was withdrawing her compensation demand of 2 million AMD in her slander suit against the Hraparak newspaper.
18:20 | July 11, 2012
When Hetq asked Minister Harutyunyan why no one was sent to Hungary and why he had made changes to the list of names, we received the following reply from the Ministry’s Chief of Administration Edgar Pirumyan:
12:50 | July 5, 2012
When we asked Taron who the hydro-electric plant belongs to he answered – His Holiness. He was referring to Bishop Abraham Mkrtchyan, Primate of the Vayots Dzor Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
13:54 | July 3, 2012
Shirak Torosyan is an Armenian MP form the ruling Republican Party and President of the Javakhk Patriotic Union. Torosyan, who was born in Georgia, still cannot enter Georgia and calls this decision by Tbilisi authorities as incorrect and absurd.
13:01 | June 30, 2012
Unlike residents of the neighboring village of Tzav, where residents expect jobs from the gold mine at Mazra, Shikahogh locals are concerned that the mine will damage the tourist projects that have already begun.
18:00 | June 28, 2012
During our recent trip through Syunik, we spotted smoke rising from the former Micro-Engine Factory in Goris. But it wasn’t smoke from the factory’s assembly line. An elderly couple, Roma and Larisa Ishkhanyan, were busy distilling mulberry vodka
18:56 | June 25, 2012
Yesterday, Georgian authorities arrested Javakhk Armenian activist Georgy Mkhchyan, who had recently aligned himself with Georgia’s opposition Dream Party, charging him with real estate fraud.
10:26 | June 19, 2012
This is why the village is split on whether the Bardzradir (Mazra) gold mine should be allowed to operate. Some want the prospect of new jobs while others want to keep the clean air and water of the countryside
10:18 | June 11, 2012
Last year, a group of Swiss tourists stopped at the roadside stand and one of them took her picture. It’s now won a photo contest and the photographer has returned to obtain the consent of the girl’s parents to include it in a photo album to be published.
18:53 | June 4, 2012
During her one day stop in Armenia today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that, “The United States and I believe that Armenia can have a bright future where all the desires and work of the people can be achieved.”
16:03 | May 28, 2012
“In order to acquire agricultural machinery you must go to the bank. There they tell you to put an apartment in Yerevan as collateral. If I had an apartment in Yerevan, what would I be doing here?”, says the mayor.
12:23 | May 14, 2012
Armenian police have detained two environmental activists for unfurling banners about the need to save the Teghout forest at the recent concert rally for the Republican Party in Republic Square – where the balloons burst into flame.
09:18 | May 6, 2012
Hetq has been informed that the ink stamp used on passports of citizens who have voted, is “mysteriously disappearing” even before they leave the 6/01 polling station in Yerevan’s Ajapnyak district.
18:40 | March 23, 2012
In the opening session of the slander trial pitting the Word of Life religious organization against the newspaper Iravunk, the attorney for the group again maintained that the word “sect” was defamatory.
12:10 | February 29, 2012
School Principal Avetik Avetisyan told Hetq that village parents had sent a letter to RA President Sargsyan, informing him that work on the new building had been suddenly stopped.
15:16 | February 28, 2012
Hetq Chief Editor Edik Baghdasaryan said,"It all centers on the watch factory, in which the Hartounian family is the second largest shareholder.The shares are worth $8-10 million."
13:12 | February 28, 2012
Today, Hartounian repeated that the tax officials should be going after the directors of GH Storage Enterprise who managed the company before he came on board in 2010 after they embezzled funds from the company.
21:07 | February 24, 2012
On February 24, a special live TV link-up between Armenia and the U.S. brought together diaspora investors, lawyers and tax authorities from Armenia to take a look at the issues involved regarding doing business in Armenia.
14:11 | February 24, 2012
“The case of Nareg Hartounian, in typical Armenian fashion, is one in which Armenia is regarded as a source of profits and, tragically, evasion of taxes goes hand in hand,” Alaverdyan said.
15:30 | February 13, 2012
The Karakhanyan family lives in this trailer alongside the Tbilisi Highway on the outskirts of Yerevan. Four children are being raised inside. They range from 3 to 12 years old.
16:40 | January 14, 2012
“This country will not issue me a passport since I have no birth certificate. But ever since I opened my eyes, I have seen only Armenia. I have served in this country’s military. All I want is a piece of paper so I can keep my job,” Igor says.
16:00 | December 28, 2011
MP Bakhshyan argued that the children were being “tossed out” with nowhere to go despite legal guarantees that the state must provide for their social needs, including housing.
11:47 | November 4, 2011
Archbishop Tiran Kyureghyan, the former Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church Diocese of New Nakhichevan and Russia, is planning to sue Armenia TV for defamation of character.
13:00 | October 20, 2011
The fate of the secondary school in the village of Tzilkar in Aragatsotn marz hangs in the balance. The reason is the agricultural loans provided to the villagers by VTB Bank.
16:55 | September 7, 2011
This would seem to contradict an earlier statement made by Chief Architect Nazaretyan that Catholicos Garegin II only heard about the restaurant construction through press reports.
14:01 | September 1, 2011
Spitak Kamar (White Arch), a company owned by Prosperous Armenia party MP Aragatz Akhoyan, has won a 430.6 million AMD government contract to build a new school in the village of Vardenis, Aragatzotn Marz.
13:40 | August 31, 2011
Artavazd Nazaretyan, Chief Architect at the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, told Hetq that construction of a restaurant on the grounds of the Kecharis Monastery has been halted, pending approval of the Church’s Architectural Council.
12:20 | August 4, 2011
Anikom has found that the Armenian MP/business mogul should have paid the German portfolio investment firm Ostinvestor $600,000 in a controversial 2008 consolidation stock takeover.
11:35 | May 26, 2011
Alnak says the lack of any mention of Ani's Armenian identity is a result of decades of Turkish rejectionist state policy when it comes to Armenians. Ankara, he states, wants to avoid any linkage of Turkey's history with that of the Armenians; especially the period related to the 1915 Genocide.
12:35 | May 20, 2011
“The doors to Diyarbakir are open to all former residents who wish to return,” the mayor claimed, noting that the municipality was seeing to it that all requisite conditions be created to welcome people back.
08:30 | May 11, 2011
A new office building that will house the Samtskhe-Javakh Regional Administration in Georgia is being constructed on the ruins of the Holy Savior Armenian Apostolic Church in Akhaltskha.
04:02 | May 9, 2011
On that day, in the city of Van, Kurdish women took to the streets to protest the killing of their children by Turkish law enforcement. They held photos of the dead and staged a sit-in on one of the city’s major thoroughfares.
02:30 | May 8, 2011
Renovations at the Armenian St. Giragos Armenian Apostolic Church in Diyarbekir are in full swing and the grand official reopening of the massive 15th century structure is scheduled for the fall of this year.
14:19 | May 6, 2011
Probably the most striking feature of Harran, the village, are the beehive type structures built of mud and hay. Some people still live in these structures, though many have been converted into stables. Some are on the verge of collapsing.
03:21 | May 5, 2011
Renita Horoz (Hergenyan) is the only Armenian in the choir. She can’t speak Armenian and can hardly understand it. But she had no trouble when I asked her if there were Armenians in the choir –"Yes, me", she quickly blurted out.
16:50 | April 27, 2011
Hayrapetyan’s lawyer, Gevorg Gevorgyan, used the opportunity in an attempt to turn the tables on Balasanyan, arguing that the reporter’s suit was another attempt to smear the good name of his client, rather than the pursuit of justice.
Articles Gyumri Mayor Wins
14:51 | April 1, 2011
Artak Gabrielyan, a member of the Samtskhe-Javakhk Armenian NGO’s Council, said today that Armenians of the Georgian region are seeking the legal status of autonomy. "Today, Georgia is a de-facto federal state and there is no portion of the Georgian Constitution ...
13:36 | April 1, 2011
Catholicos must visit Akhaltskha during Georgia trip Artak Gabrielyan, a member of the Samtskhe-Javakhk Armenian NGO’s Council, said today that if Catholicos Garegin II doesn’t travel to Javakhk on his scheduled visit to Georgia, the whole trip wouldn’t ...
15:11 | March 30, 2011
When this reporter asked RA Minister of Education Armen Ashotyan if he foresaw the day when Armenian history would officially be part of the curriculum at Armenian schools in Georgia, the official responded that he had raised the issue with his Georgian counterpart. Minster ...
14:30 | March 29, 2011
Environmental activist Karineh Danielyan warned that the festering Nubarashen toxic waste dump not only poses a health risk for Yerevan but for the entire Ararat valley and area villages.
11:53 | March 29, 2011
Hovhannes Hovhannesyan, a member of the Public Council, stated today that the decision taken by the Yerevan Municipality at the end of 2010 to ban all street trade was legal and called for. Mr. Hovhannesyan said at a press conference that such sidewalk ...
13:44 | March 23, 2011
Hetq speaks to Taron Shagoyan, Caucasian Regional Department Head at the RA Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. What programs is the Ministry conducting in Javakhk? Javakhk is an Armenian populated and Armenian speaking region, but it is another country. So ...
Articles Toxic Mix: Pesticides and Fish Farms
13:35 | March 14, 2011
They are suing newspaper for 6 million AMD It appears that Bella and Sedrak Kocharyan, wife and son of former RA president Robert Kocharyan, are not satisfied with the retraction published by the newspaper Zhamanak on March 10. The two had sued the paper ...
12:51 | February 25, 2011
The Glendale Hills construction company has taken the newspaper Zhamanak to court, demanding that it issue a retraction of a story appearing last August alleging that the company offered residents "hush money" not to contact the press about a building ...
11:26 | February 25, 2011
At today’s pre-trial court hearing at the Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Court, in which members of former RA President Robert Kocharian’s family are suing the newspaper Zhamank, defense lawyer Nikolai Baghdasaryan called on the plaintiffs to state ...
16:30 | January 31, 2011
Hetq speaks to Ms. Sandra Irbe, the Global Fund’s Program Officer for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an international financing institution that invests the world’s money to save lives. To date, it has committed US$ 21.7 billion in 150 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs against the three diseases.
14:15 | January 28, 2011
Levon Zurabyan, a leading spokesman for the opposition-based HAK (Armenian National Congress) told reporters today that their next public rally is scheduled for February 18 at 5pm at Opera’s Freedom Square. Zurabyan said the date has symbolic significance ...
14:45 | January 12, 2011
Georgian press reports state that Georgian Education Minister D. Shashkin recently visited the town of Akhalkalak and presented residents with the blueprints for a new school building to replace the N3 Georgian School.
13:44 | January 12, 2011
The St. Grigor Narekatsi Armenian Church in the Ghado village of the Akhalkalak region is undergoing renovations. A temporary halt to the work has been called due to the inclement weather.
15:00 | December 20, 2010
Local factories claim they aren’t to blame Samples of water from the Hrazdan River were taken at three points within the confines of the town of Hrazdan. They were testing for the presence of heavy metals. While results showed that heavy metal amounts ...
14:52 | December 10, 2010
Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovhannisian today thanked ARF MP’s and independent MP Tigran Torosyan for voting in favor of the draft bill calling for Armenia’s official recognition of the Artsakh Republic.
12:59 | December 2, 2010
Sukhlis faithful demand Vatican sends an Armenian The Armenian village of Sukhlis, just 4 kilometers distant from Akhaltskha, has gone without a priest for the past four months. The local Saint Astvatzatzin Church remains silent. Father Grigor Mikayelyan, ...
14:07 | November 23, 2010
Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan, who led Artsakh military forces under the nom de guerre of "Commandos", answered reporters’ questions today regarding the performance of Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan. The armed forces of Armenia and Artsakh have experienced ...
13:41 | November 23, 2010
On-going effort needed to reform armed forces Commenting on the November 19 incident at an NKR military unit that left 4 Armenian soldiers dead and 4 wounded, ex Major-General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan, "Commandos", said it was the result of a ‘settling of ...
14:50 | November 19, 2010
Mamikon Chatinyan, a producer with 40 years of experience at Armenia’s Public TV, told reporters today that in terms of overall quality, Armenia’s Public TV beats the competition due to its HayLur news program. “It has the most viewers, when you take ...
13:52 | November 16, 2010
Ashot Martirosyan Chairman of Armenia’s Nuclear Safety Regulatory Committee stated today that weapons-grade uranium, as recently reported to have been smuggled into Georgia from Armenia, has never been available in Armenia. Mr. Martirosyan was unable ...
16:11 | November 12, 2010
A demonstration took place today outside the RA General Prosecutor’s Office by supporters of jailed Haykakan Zhamanak Editor Nikol Pashinyan, demanding that he and other "political prisoners" be released from jail. Recently, the Armenian National ...
17:33 | November 10, 2010
"Interfering in the Exercise of Freedom of Expression Does Not Pursue any Lawful Objective" The headline above is one of the grounds of the appeal presented by the Investigative Journalists that was heard today by the RA Civil Court of Appeals, Judge Nakhshun ...
14:04 | November 9, 2010
HAK claims activists have been beaten by cops Earlier this morning, four young HAK activists were detained by police at a picket outside the Golden Tulip Hotel in Yerevan’s Charles Aznavour Square. Inside the hotel, the EU-Armenia Civil Society ...
13:32 | November 5, 2010
Raises possibility of revoking operating license At a press conference today to discuss results of its recent investigations, RA Control Chamber President Ishkhan Zakaryan singled out irregularities in the operations of GeoProMining Gold Ltd at its gold ...
14:43 | November 2, 2010
New Times political party president Aram Karapetyan stated that the international community seeks a resolution of the Karabakh conflict so that the Turkish-Armenian border can be subsequently opened. Mr. Karapetyan urges the Armenian side to be willing ...
Investigation Environmental Disaster or Collective Fish Farming
14:03 | October 27, 2010
Today, at the RA Civil Court of Appeals, a hearing was scheduled to review the appeal filed by the "Investigative Journalists" regarding a lower court decision in the matter of "The Ijevan Municipality and Mayor vs. the Investigative Journalists, NGO". Gevorg ...
13:05 | October 15, 2010
Government protecting interests of a Saudi sheikh, not public Today, the RA Court of Cassation accepted the case of 36 residents of the community of Artavaz protesting the government’s February 25 decision to hand over 96 hectares of land to the A&M ...
15:39 | October 7, 2010
RA Finance Minister Tigran Davtyan informed Hetq that during the current year penalties levied against gambling house and casinos have multiplied eight fold and that the Ministry has increased the number of spot inspections as well. This comes in the wake ...
17:17 | October 6, 2010
During his presentation of the 2011 state budget, RA Finance Minister Tigran Davtyan said 45% was comprised of expenditures in the social and cultural sectors. He added that 63 billion AMD in additional budgetary expenditures were envisaged and that 44 billion ...
13:57 | October 1, 2010
Today, at the Kentron and Nork-Marash General Jurisdictional Court, Mikayel Amirkhanyan, Rector of the Yerevan Humanities Institute, declared that he was withdrawing a defamation suit he had filed against Hetq reporter Ani Hovhannisyan. H
14:18 | September 28, 2010
Head of Constitutional Rights Union Party Hayk Babukhanyan told a press conference today that the party would be running candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Armenian. Mr. Babukhanyan was at a loss when asked to name the party’s potential ...
13:00 | September 27, 2010
Charges of Unfair Competition Leveled Against Aleks Grig Alexander Bojko, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Armenia, and Image Holding Company Director A. Kousak have written to the RoA State Commission for Economic Protection (SCEP), complaining that Saleks ...
17:08 | September 24, 2010
MP Hakob Hakobyan, President of the RoA National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs and a member of the ruling Republican Party, declared that becoming a member of parliament doesn’t mean that one is automatically stripped of his or her property, ...
14:30 | September 13, 2010
An interview with Istanbul Bogazici University Foreign Relations Faculty Lecturer; Professor Behlul Ozkan. When will Turkey be integrated into EU? It is very difficult to say the time about Turkey’s integration to EU. It is going to be a long process. ...
15:52 | September 8, 2010
The Azerbaijani APA press service reports that Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze has declared that the extension of an agreement allowing for a Russian military base in Armenia, first and foremost, threatens the independence of Armenia. FM Vashadze ...
14:31 | September 8, 2010
At a press conference today regarding the upcoming Azerbaijani resolution in the United Nations General Assembly with which Baku intends to garner support for the removal of Armenian forces from the liberated territories, Republican Party MP Gagik Minasyan ...
13:38 | September 6, 2010
Visiting Bogazici University Professor Behul Ozkan said yesterday that Turkey would rather spend money to organize anti-Armenian lobbying efforts than on possible compensation stemming from Ankara’s official recognition of the events of 1915 as "genocide". Professor ...
13:55 | September 3, 2010
At a lecture today in Yerevan organized by the Eurasia Foundation, Professor Zafer Yoruk of Izmir University stated that Turkey should recognize the Armenian Genocide, adding that his opinion had zero influence in Turkey. When asked by reporters if it wasn’t ...
11:36 | September 2, 2010
41 residents of the village of Artavaz, in Kotayk Marz, say they are sticking to their guns in the class action lawsuit they have brought against the Armenian government. On February 25, 2010, the government declared 96 hectares of village land as "eminent ...
15:10 | August 23, 2010
At a press conference held earlier today, Karapet Rubinyan, a former Deputy Speaker of the RoA National Assembly, said that the sale of C-300 antimissile defense systems to Azerbaijan by Russia can be construed as an outright anti-Armenian move. "Such a ...
15:58 | August 18, 2010
In the course of their inspection at the Haghtanak Old Age Home, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has uncovered a serious of health and sanitary violations and has directed the institution to immediately take steps to remove them In a recent article, ...
14:37 | August 11, 2010
While there are no official statistics, the number of Armenians residing in Belgium today is said to number from 10,000 to 12,000. Gevorg Minasyan, President of the Federation of Armenian Organization in Belgium and the Chief Editor of the Armenian language ...
16:00 | August 2, 2010
Where the food isn’t great and ants come and go as guests You can get to the old age home located just over the border of Yerevan, in the village of Haghtanak, by taking the #56 mashkrutka (minivan). After alighting, you still have to walk about the distance ...
19:37 | July 22, 2010
Contrary to recent reports in the Armenian press, the Akhalkalak Educational Resource Center says that the classroom hours for Armenian language instruction haven’t been cut in Samtskhe-Javakhk Armenian schools. The Center says that while one hour of ...
13:36 | July 14, 2010
In its July 9 decision, upholding the suit of the Ijevan Municipality and the Ijevan Mayor against the "Investigative Journalists" NGO, presiding Judge Gagik Khandanyan of the Kentron and Nork-Marash District Court ruled that the two articles that originally ...
18:04 | July 9, 2010
Ijevan Municipality to Receive "Slander" Retraction On July 9, the Kentron and Nork-Marash Districty Court, Judge Gagik Khandanyan presiding, sustained the claim of the Ijevan mayor against the Investigative Journalists, NGO. The decision obligates the ...
11:38 | July 9, 2010
Seismic specialists consider the school building in the Vardenis village of Aragatzotn Marz to be unstable. Snow melt in the spring collected in the basement of the school attended by 129 students. The drainage system does not work. The building has not been ...
14:16 | July 5, 2010
Ups and Downs of Two Year Slander Suit Coming to a Close? “The scores of Ijevan cabbies who ply their trade along the pot-holed roads of the regional district center always have a few “choice words” to remember the Mayor by.” According to attorney ...
12:06 | June 30, 2010
Grigor Barseghyan, who heads Microsoft-Armenia, said today that the company’s new innovations center would hopefully open by the fall of this year. Mr. Barseghyan made the prediction at an event entitled "Innovation Day 2010". The company has entered ...
15:10 | June 28, 2010
Narineh Hovhannisyan, Director of the Department of Public Education at the Ministry of Education and Science, and Nurijan Manukyan, Director of the Division of Special Education, respond to questions posed by Hetq. Has the committee tasked with conducting ...
18:42 | June 24, 2010
As a result of the economic crisis, remittances in dollars have dropped to a third in CIS countries in 2009, as compared to 2008. The main reason behind this is considered to be the sharp decline in construction work in the Russian Federation, because it ...
10:25 | June 24, 2010
Concrete mechanisms need to be developed to facilitate collaboration between Armenia and Iran in the battle against drug trafficking and when Head of Police Alik Sargsyan visits Iran, these mechanisms will be established. This was the response give to Hetq ...
13:32 | June 21, 2010
Ruzanna Azizyan, Principal of the Monte Melkonian school, says that parents in Armenia do not devote enough attention to the upbringing and education of their children and that this factor has lead to the increase of crimes committed by adolescents. She ...
15:16 | June 14, 2010
Father of Istanbul Car Accident Victim Finds the Answer Elusive A tourist from Armenia was injured in a traffic accident on November 16, 2008 while visiting Istanbul. Gegham Nersesyan and three other tourists from Armenia were standing on the sidewalk, ...
13:25 | June 14, 2010
Vardan Vardanyan, the Minister of Urban Development confessed today that his office made mistakes in monitoring the work being carried out by the "Glendale Hills" construction company in Armenia. "Glendale Hills" has recently been cited for shoddy workmanship ...
12:54 | June 11, 2010
Donara Hovhannisyan, the woman appointed to replace the principal at Nubarashen Special Needs School, where some of the staff was recently hit with charges of physically abusing pupils, handed in her resignation yesterday. The 70 year-old cited ill health ...
10:41 | June 8, 2010
After a thirteen year hiatus, a kindergarten has again opened its doors in the Nor Armavir village of Armavir. The school, which started to operate just ten days ago, already has 50 young pupils. The school however has not yet been furnished and is in desperate ...
14:10 | June 4, 2010
Hakan Karadag, a lawyer for the family of Hrant Dink, was found hanged in his Istanbul apartment earlier this morning in what appears to be a suicide. Hetq has been told by editors at Agos that the cause of death has been ruled as a suicide. According to ...
12:56 | June 1, 2010
During yesterday’s HAK rally at Freedom Square, two reporters, Suzanna Poghosyan of "Haykakan Zhamanak" and Lilit Tadevosyan of "Hayk", were taken into custody by the police. Lyudmila Sargsyan, President of the Social-Democrat Hnchak Party, was also detained. The ...
15:18 | May 31, 2010
Four individuals suspected of drug trafficking were arrested in Glendale on March 10, 2009. Two were Armenian. 32 pounds of opium were found in a package sent from Armenia to the home of 37 year-old Glendale resident Razmik Alchyan. The package was sent via ...
17:25 | May 26, 2010
The draft version for modifications to the law on television and radio has not undergone analysis by international experts, Naira Zohrabyan of the Prosperous Armenia faction said during parliamentary discussions today. She said that Prime Minister Tigran ...
19:14 | May 20, 2010
Artavaz Residents Take Government to Court 41 residents of the Artavaz village in Kotayk Marz have launched a suit with the Administrative Court, seeking to overturn a government decision that has re-zoned 96 nearby hectares as in the "prevailing public ...
15:12 | May 17, 2010
An Interview with John Vijgen, Director of International HCH & Pesticides Association Mr Vijgen, you visited Armenia nearly a month ago, what was the goal of your visit? I had to do a scoping mission for the feasibility study of the Nubarashen burial ...
15:20 | May 10, 2010
Sheikh Muhammed Musallami Wants to Bottle Water and Build Hotels in Armenia Villagers of Artavaz in the Kotayk Marz have been promised $4,200 for each hectare of the 96 hectares delineated by the Armenian government as public domain lands. This works out ...
Investigation Saudi Sheikh Granted Land in “Eminent Domain” Deal
11:48 | May 7, 2010
It appears that the owners of the construction site at 60 Komitas Street, a story Hetq has been covering since work began, have permission from the Yerevan Municipality. Local residents had contacted Hetq with pictures that workers had tried to pull the ...
13:34 | May 5, 2010
RoA government statistics reveal that during the first quarter of this year, 905,000 hectares of land were placed as collateral for various loans and credits. 91% of the lands are zoned as "agricultural". More than half these lands, 527,000 hectares, are ...
11:57 | May 5, 2010
Today, an official with the RoA government’s real estate appraisal division, Arman Petrosyan, stated that apartment prices had risen by 2.8% in the first quarter of 2010 in Yerevan and by 1.5% in the country’s outlying regions. Prices for private houses ...
14:04 | May 3, 2010
The fact that Armenia rose two points in the latest Freedom House report on the freedom of the press globally is welcomed by Ashot Melikyan, President of the Freedom of Speech Committee, in the sense that things haven’t gotten worse. However, the news ...
13:48 | April 30, 2010
Exactly one year ago today, an attempt was made on the life of Argishti Kiviryan, a reporter, attorney, and coordinator of the "ARMENIA Today" and "BAGIN" news websites. He believes the sole reason for the attack was his work as a journalist. "I have always ...
13:15 | April 29, 2010
The Ministry of Nature Protection has reported to Hetq that yesterday’s tree cutting at 27 Khandjian Street was illegal. Four elm trees, measuring 23-33 centimetres in diameter, were chopped down by Edgar Markosyan. The culprit was fined 50,000 AMD ...
14:37 | April 28, 2010
This year the Armenian Copper Programme expects to receive $300 million in financing from the VTB Bank to continue mining operations at Teghut. Valery Ovsyannikov, Director of VTB-Armenia, told Hetq that financing program is up and running and that the resources ...
14:04 | April 27, 2010
Samvel Karapetyan, an expert on the issue of Armenian cultural monuments and their preservation, stated today that the most effective means to preserve such sites would be to pinish the violators. He pointed to the demolition of the Holy Cross Church of ...
10:53 | April 27, 2010
According to Ruben Karapetyan, Mayor of the village of Araks in the Armavir Marz, the biggest challenge facing the community is the issue of the kindergarten. He says that if it were operating some 50 children from the area would be attending the pre-school. Araks, ...
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