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.
It turns out that the Police Department, in the person of Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan, has opted to bury the matter, despite the existence of sound evidence that large amounts were laundered and illegally appropriated.
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.
Had the bank done its homework in the first place, it would have revealed that Sukiasyan used the money to purchase large quantities of gold, a Bentley automobile, a house, and to invest in construction and in Metaks Group Ltd., among others.
Dzoragyugh Production Cooperative, owned by Ashot Sukiasyan, $9,370,450 of the loans issued by AmeriaBank were transferred to the accounts of several offshore companies held at the Hellenic Bank Publik Company of Cyprus.
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.
WLISPERA HOLDINGS LIMITED, an offshore company registered in Cyprus,reveals how elements of Armenia’s powerful state, church and business sectors have been able to operate in tandem in the pursuit of their own economic interests.
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
The company “Tierras de Armenia” was founded by Argentinean-Armenian Eduardo Eurnekian.
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.
“I entered into an agreement with Nunufar Hovhannisyan to find me a plot of land on which to build a house. I gave her my power of attorney to conduct whatever transactions were necessary. In total, I handed over $539,000 to her in bank deposits and cash. Nunufar doesn’t deny the amount,” Caroline says.
Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, when the banks are closed, this family racked up $25,000 of purchase on a fake credit line of $2,000. In one store, they purchased a $1,500 computer. Three hours later they came back and bought three more. Elsewhere, they purchased a meat grinder and other household goods.
She was fired from her job based on an administrative violation and visited the Hetq offices to explain what had happened. Here are two lines from her letter. “I would like to look into the eyes of our frontline soldiers. I want to bring them candy or whatever else I can.”
They call this section of the Artsakh-Azerbaijani border “the whore’s fishnet stockings”. It was the site of fierce battles during the war and both sides suffered heavy losses.
Trucks with no license plates. Loggers not carrying permits, as required by law. The buzz of chainsaws despite the fog and light rain. Lori, one of the most heavily forested regions in Armenia, is rife with illegal logging.
He named restaurant security staffers Garik Margaryan, Arman Khachatryan, Arman Baghdasaryan, Norayr Hayrapetyan; deliveryman and driver Artur Babloyan; waiter Davit Adamyan and manager Davit Hayriyan.
President Sargsyan now has the chance to rid us of one of these notorious crooks. But Sargsyan makes out that he doesn’t see the opportunity now at his fingertips. It’s hard to imagine what the president is thinking.
In Karabakh in 1991, a foreign journalist asked Liberation Army Commander Leonid Azgaldyan, "What color are you? I mean, what political party do you belong to?" Leonid knelt down, scooped up a handful of earth and said, "Here, this is my color."
Newly re-elected MP Ruben Hayrapetyan is a very close acquaintance of President Serzh Sargsyan. Hayrapetyan’s bodyguards recently beat-up an Armenian army officer. The man is hospitalized in grave condition.
She blasted some music on the car’s stereo. It was deafening – “Yerevan, Yerevan, I’m coming back, coming back to stay....” I had heard this song before, but this rabiz melody really grated on my brain like never before.
No one has been brought to justice. You wonder why Armenian law enforcement immediately becomes paralyzed when such incidents take place. One gets the impression that they have been instructed to fold their hands and not launch criminal charges.
The more we dig behind the scenes of the cultural arena in Armenia, the more we unearth frightening proof that the situation is less than adequate.
In the early morning the self-defense forces of the Martuni region of Nagorno Karabakh began an operation to destroy the military strongholds in the villages of the Aghdam region of Azerbaijan.
After Hetq first broke the story about art going missing from the National Gallery, the police promised to tell us why no one has ever been arrested or charged with the theft. The Police Department’s Public Affairs Unit contacted us today, stating that an investigation into the matter and that it was likely that criminal charges would be forthcoming.
Interview with Martin Estrada, from the Criminal Division of the Office of the U.S. Attorney General (U.S. Department of Justice)
After my original article about the pilfering and cover up of $10,000 by Armenian police officials and a court judge, RA Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan ordered an internal investigation.
In 2010, a 19 century sculpture entitled “Satyr with Lyre”, by an unknown artist disappeared from Armenia’s National Gallery. This fact was concealed for one year by the Gallery’s administration. It later tuned out that another ten art works had also vanished.
If this state of affairs continues, the president will be called upon to OK who gets to be employed as drivers and chauffeurs for state agencies and their top honchos.
Many top law enforcement officials knew about the missing money - RA Deputy Police Chief Gagik Hambardzumyan, Artur Mehrabyan, Chief of the Arabkir Police, and Artzrun Arakelyan, Chief Investigator at the Arabkir Police Department.
A package that had been found on one on the indicted Italians was opened in full view of the court. It should have contained 1.460 million AMD, $2,400 and 30,180 Euros.
The question remains as to whether Mayor Margaryan is capable of making a decision that goes against the grain and thus depart from “business as usual”.
After returning home she played the CD. To her amazement it contained the video-recording of a Skype conversation between Tatyana, the former wife of her dead brother, and a person called Artur.