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.
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