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Ani Hovhannisyan

Samvel Aleksanyan’s “House”

Two men, past the age of 50, prevented us from taking pictures on the site of the Closed Market in Yerevan. They threatened to break our equipment. They didn’t identify themselves. MP Samvel Aleksanyan is paying residents living around the market to stop unwanted people from entering. All the doors and windows to the market have all been cemented up. Only people selected by Aleksanyan can enter the site. Let’s remember that, Aleksanyan says he isn’t an “oligarch” and owns no business. He claims he’s just a “poor” member of parliament and one of the authors of the laws in Armenia.