The mine was taken over by Russian commercial bank VTB when Vallex Group failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.
Some thirty workers at the Alaverdi Copper Smelter Plant in Armenia’s northern Tavoush Province gathered outside the factory’s office early today and demanded to know if rumors that 200 workers have been fired were true.
Mr.Khachatryan hasn’t driven a tractor in fifteen years. He’s gifted the tractor he privatized after the collapse of the Soviet Union to one of his five daughters. His son-in-law now uses it to work the land.
Tatev Aghababyan has moved back to Armenia after living in Germany for the past 16 years.
Merchants in Alaverdi, a mining town of some 13,000 in Armenia’s northern Lori Province, aren't convinced that the municipality’s plans to build a new AMD 6.9 million marketplace is in their best interest.
Samvel Parseghyan, a businessman from Armenia living in France for the past twenty years, plans to build a tourism center in Ardvi village of Armenia’s Lori Province.
For the second day in a row, Armenian Copper Programme (ACP) company workers again blocked the railway adjacent to the Alaverdi Cooper Smelting Plant and demanded that the government negotiate with VTB Bank and Vallex Group representatives to reopen
In 2008, Armenian mobile operator VivaCell, installed a cell phone relay station on a field owned by Evoyan.
Afraid of losing their jobs, employees of the Alaverdi Copper-Molybdenum Plant took to the streets in this small industrial town some160 kilometers north of Yerevan today demanding that the negative findings of a recent environmental study be thrown out.
Levon Ghalayan, who has Parkinson’s, told the mayor that the only medicine that helps him is Mardopar, but that he’s given another drug, for free, that doesn’t help.
Katya says the “Velvet Revolution” hasn’t arrived to Ahnidzor. It’s only been televised. People want to be left alone, she tells me.
“The exhausts might be a result of the content of the ore being processed. Rest assured that we are interested in stabilizing the exhausts. We’ll examine the matter,”
Residents of Shnogh, a community in Armenia’s northern Lori Province, have blocked the road leading to the offices of Teghut CJSC, demanding that those workers from the local area who were dismissed on April 1 and replaced by others brought in from afar be rehired.
The students then marched through Odzoun, calling on residents to join them.
At around 3pm today, protesters from nearby towns and villages shut down traffic on the Noyemberyan-Alaverdi roadway, moving on to blocking Bargratashen Border Crossing in around half an hour. For three hours, Chief of Tavush Marz Police, Colonel G. Grigoryan could not convince demonstrators to unblock the border crossing.
Chkalov is a small village in Armenia’s Lori Province, named after a Soviet and Russian aircraft test pilot Valery Chkalov since 1939. Village Mayor Roman Shakaryan says the village has 38 households, with only 14 pupils attending the village primary school.
Gohar Tatoyan and Arev Tatoyan are not accepting their recent firing as cleaning attendants at the Akori village school in Armenia’s Lori Province without a fight.
In Odzoun, Sergo is described as a person who survives by his own hard work. He breeds eight sows to get piglets. He says he doesn’t spend money on piglets, since he feeds only sows.
The periodic breakdowns in the pipelines that convey toxic wastes flowing from the Akhtala Mountain Enrichment Combinat (AMEC) to the tailings dam in the Nahatak Canyon aren’t the only risks to the environment in this part of Armenia’s northern Lori Province.
After local elections were held on November 5, Aygepar, along with fifteen other smaller settlements, was incorporated into the community of Berd. What benefits, if any, will Aygepar derive from its incorporation into Berd also remains to be seen.
Protesting new sanitary regulations imposed by the Eurasian Economic Union, around forty merchants from surrounding villages today blocked the road leading to the Armenian border crossing at Bagratashen leading into Georgia.
The Sanahin Monastery, founded in the 10th century in the Armenia’s Lori province, is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Ever since his father left the village of Koghes, a village in Armenia’s Lori Province, to find work in Russia, the fifth-grader must now take care of the household - his little brother and sister – along with his mother Sousanna.
80 residents of Shamlough, a small town in Armenia’s northern Lori Province. work for the mining company Akhtala Mountain Enrichment Combinat (AMEC) CJSC.
Residents complain that their taxes are being spent for the personal purposes of community head Sahak Nazaryan, who, above all, has a habit of firing people who didn’t vote for him.
We came across at least fifty stumps of healthy trees along the road leading to the Armenian border village of Djiliza in Lori Province.
Once the weather warms up, residents of the town of Akhtala and environs in Armenia will flock to picnic areas for the traditional barbeque.
Today, residents of the village of Odzoun buried Lernik Osyan, one of their own,
Karen Khachatryan and his family have been raising rabbits in Alaverdi, a town in Armenia’s northern Lori Province, for the past eight years.
“To be frank, raising ostriches is no longer a business for us. It’s just interesting. We keep them because it’s pleasurable. We weren’t successful breeding them,” says Slavik’s son Geghayr Zournachyan.
When Alaverdi Aarhus Center Coordinator Anush Evoyan asked Armenian Copper Programme (ACP) Director Lusineh Mejlumyan about the incident, Mejlumyan claimed that the smog resulted from high cloud cover.
The Ghobin field in Dsegh, a village in Armenia’s Lori Province, has been cultivated in years.
83-year-old Serob Virabyan has four children, but the blacksmith now lives by himself in the village of Tzater, in Armenia’s northern Lori Province.
A large explosion rocked the Alaverdi Copper-Molybdenum Metallurgy Factory yesterday evening, sending two workers to the hospital.
19 year-old Garik Movsisyan was laid to rest yesterday in his native village of Zorakan, in Armenia’s Tavoush Province.
It was three days ago that the village of Akori, in Armenia’s Lori Province, received news that native son Gevorg Gevorgyan had been killed in the recent round of fighting in Artsakh.
Baghanis is a village in the Tavoush Province of Armenia, and is located just a kilometer or two away from the border with Azerbaijan.
Armenians are leaving Chanakhchi, a village in Georgia’s Kvemo Kartli administrative region straddling the northern border of Armenia.
“As of March 1, he’ll stop funding the work of the Manes Benevolent Foundation due to financial difficulties at Vallex,” said Manes Director Avet Tamazyan.
By a vote of 1,678 to 229, Levon Tzavaryan won yesterday’s election for mayor of the enlarged Tumanyan community in Armenia's northern Lori Province.
No one at Masko Mine, the parent company of Akhtala Mountain Enrichment Combinat (AMEC), was to talk to workers, Akhtala residents or the press regarding the problems AMEC is facing due to a drop in world copper prices.
Seyran felt it was beneath him to leave his native village of Tzater and move to Ardvi for a bit more money in his pocket.
The psychologist believes that schools should allow pupils to express their individuality within certain prescribed limits.
Yesterday, while travelling along the road through the Madan-Jiliza forest in Armenia’s northern Lori Province, we witnessed a horrific spectacle.
“The mine is of no benefit to us. The benefit goes to those removing the ore. You or I will get nothing. Who take our opinions into account?” exclaims village resident Albert Tamaryan.
This concerns us given that 610 people work at the Alaverdi smelter. If it closed, the impact would be devastating since we cannot offer alternative employment.
Kimprom chemical plant workers were back on the street today outside the Lori Provincial Governor’s Office in Vanadzor to demand they be paid nine months worth of back wages.
A public hearing regarding a new mine proposed by Vallex Group took place today at the Alaverdi Municipality but broke down after several heated exchanges between residents of the affected villages and company representatives.