Former Armenian Minister of Finance Gagik Khachatryan and his family have been swept up in a financial scandal involving Bradwell Investment Corp., a company owned by Khachatryan’s nephew Aram Khachatryan.
It’s taken almost two years and two legal suits, but Armenia’s Special Investigative Service has finally provided Hetq with its decision to drop the “offshore” criminal investigation of Mihran Poghosyan, Armenia’s former Chief Compulsory Enforcement
There will be no surprise attack since we’re constantly monitoring Azerbaijani military movements.
The Ministry of Finance’s auditing inspectorate has uncovered vast financial irregularities at Public Television of Armenia, but no one has been held accountable.
The SIS dropped the investigation soon afterwards and Poghosyan, who resigned in the publicity fallout, was then elected a deputy in the Armenian parliament on the Republican Party of Armenia ticket.
Violins crafted by Antonio Stradivarius, Nicolò Gagliano, and other old-world masters were to be displayed and sold in Yerevan at an exhibition jointly organized by the Aram Khachaturian-Competition Cultural Foundation and the Del Gesu Foundation. The exhibition was a part of the 11th Aram Khachaturian International Competition.
Mkrtchyan, is said to have cooked the books from 2013-2016, creating nineteen ‘ghost’ job listings. Wages were then disbursed, only to be pocketed by Mkrtchyan.
It was part of the international Panama Papers expose; an investigation encompassing hundreds of reporters and scores of news sites delving into the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonesca.
In an interview with Hetq, Founding Parliament secretariat member Alek Yenikomshian (photo) says that Jirayr Sefilian is ready to enter into negotiations with law enforcement officials and even President Sargsyan to guarantee that the standoff at the Yerevan police patrol office ends without further bloodshed.
Deputy Commander L. Baghdasaryan suggests we visit a post where an Azerbaijani diversionary incursion was repulsed on March 8. A soldier to be decorated there participated in the battle.
The artillery of the Artsakh Defense Army played a pivotal role in repulsing Azerbaijani military forces in the latest round of fighting along the Line of Contact. Hetq talks to Colonel Genady Baghdasaryan, who commands the artillery, about the four-day war and the tactics involved. Baghdasaryan was recently awarded the Military Cross First Class.
As Lieutenant Mkrtchyan congratulates the soldiers, in turn, he jokes, “If I had known that I could have made lieutenant like this, I would have never attended the Vazgen Sargsyan military institute.”
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.
Banks in Armenia have become untouchable fortresses. They are under the protection of the government and can operate as they please because they do the government’s bidding.
Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA), the embattled utility that has racked up a ton in debt, has allocated millions of dollars to a number of foundations and charitable organizations.
It’s mostly the boys of those semi-starving families who are now defending the borders of Armenia under this sweltering summer heat; standing for hours at a time keeping tabs on the enemy’s movements and ploys
Today, Abrahamyan’s relatives enjoy such a privileged status as their illustrious sponsor and refuse to pay taxes on their business operations.
There is no room for the spiritual in Armenia today. Just look at the regime’s heroes who have been thrust upon the public – Lfik Samo, Tokhmakh Mher, Tsoulvetsi Karo, Dodi Gago, Chorni Gago, Liska, Shmays…
These posts are set apart at the same distance up and down the 180 border that separates Artsakh from Azerbaijan. Every day, thousands of soldiers are looking across the line of contact to the enemy beyond.
We have such information that they [Turks] are participating but not permanently. The possibility is great.
We know that the Bentley was a gift from businessman Ashot Sukiasyan who, in turn, purchased it with loans received from Ameria Bank for which another businessman, Paylak Hayrapetyan put up his assets as collateral.
Diabetes patients in Armenia who have taken the drug have complained about muscle pain, upset stomach, dizziness and headaches.
We've met with Armenian physicians' associations from the US and France. And they have responded with great enthusiasm and readiness.
Here’s yet another strange but true example of Armenian government officials amassing small fortunes when their salaries as state bureaucrats can in no way account for such wealth.
Police confirmed the news of the incident. Arabkir's experienced police chief, Grisha Amirkhanyan, decided not to launch a criminal investigation as there is no complainant.
Hayk, a native of Martakert, has two brothers, each with two kids of their own. All three families live in their parents’ two story house in Martakert.
The boys don't talk and that's it; they don't want to describe anything. In response to questions about their actions, they say they were given a job and they did it. I then ask for their opinion about the armies of different countries; I ask about the best scouts.
Hetq's editor-in-chief Edik Baghdasaryan recently met with the defense minister of the Republic of Nagorno- Karabakh (NKR), soldiers and officers serving in Karabakh, who described the current situation. Baghdasaryan notes that the "old guard" has returned to fight alongside soldiers on the frontline.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan needs to come clean regarding his complicity in the Nairit rubber factory financial fiasco cover-up.
Yesterday, for political parties in Armenia (Heritage, Prosperous Armenia, Armenian National Congress and the ARF) published a 12 point list of demands that current government needs to implement by the end of this September.
There are 105 prisoners serving life sentences in Armenia. Fourteen of them are former army conscripts. They weren't criminals.
Despite the continuing resonance of the Cyprus financial imbroglio in Armenia, AmeriaBank, a major ‘player’, seems intent to push the entire process to its logical conclusion.
This chain of “coincidences” continued to grow. The government decided to spur the diamond reprocessing sector in Armenia; Minister of the Economy Nerses Yeritsyan “accidentally” invites the representatives of 23 business organizations to his office and then introduces them to diamond businessman Ashot Sukiasyan who, “by chance”, is also there.
There is not one official in the present government that sees the need to reckon with public opinion – the vox populi.
My friend, who fought in the Artsakh War, became infuriated when he heard about the pay hikes for state officials. He says that we must change the forms of struggle. I agree.
Paylak Hayrapetyan is not a happy man, given that Bon Armenia LLC. has taken title to three of his properties that had been put up as collateral with AmeriaBank in a government-backed program to transform Armenia into a world center for the polishing and sale of diamonds.
As a result of a shoot-out near Khachaturyan's home in Goris, Artak Boudaghyan, Commander of the N Artsakh Military Unit, is in serious condition and his brother, Avetik, was killed on the spot.
I've known Volodya for more than twenty years. He was one of the guys who fought in Leonid Azgaldyan's "Liberation Army" and participated in many battles in Artsakh. Now, Volodya and twenty or more soldiers are staging a sit-down strike in Yerevan's Freedom Square.
I had returned from Karabakh the day before, and hadn’t yet got my head on straight, before finding myself on the “attractive” election stage in Yerevan.
On March 14, Hetq sent a letter to RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, informing him that we had published a series of articles exposing the dubious transactions between Nairit Plant CJSC and Rhinoville Properties Limited, and the embezzlement of loans provided by the Interstate Bank.
Hetq has spent the last seven months tracking the trail of $170 million in loans received by the Nairit Plant to ostensibly get up and working again. The money has literally vanished under the eyes of a government that daily proclaims to struggle against corruption and all its social ills.
When the last three justice ministers spoke about reforms to the system, I never took them seriously. Those “reforms” have been in the works for the past ten years. What have been the results? Have the courts and serving judges become more independent? No. In fact, they have become more controllable and more corrupt.
For the last three years, all our requests to visit people held in Armenia’s correctional facilities have received the same refusal, even though the head of the press affairs head has been changed. The above conversation took place twenty days ago. On December 14, we received the first reply to our two written requests from Ghalechyan. We received the second reply today.
I met up with Monte’s brother Markar in the afternoon. We drove to Fresno in Markar’s beat-up jeep. The plan was to have lunch at one of the local Armenian restaurants. They were all closed or had gone out of business. Fresno was a sad little town. Even the Armenian church was closed.
An interview with Marcelo Wende, Managing Director of “Armenia” International Airports” CJSC
Artsakh: October 23, 2012 Military Exercises
In a tiny village in Gegharkouniq Province, local tax inspectors unearthed a 78 year-old woman and charged her with avoiding tax payments. They have fined the senior 500,000 AMD. This can be considered a death sentence for the woman.
According to press reports, the sales receipts handed out in his various companies (Palermo, Aldo, River Island and Next) were all fake. That’s to say customers were give receipts, but they were for show only. This was the way business was conducted in stores belonging to a state official.