12:37 | May 21, 2018
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.
11:00 | November 8, 2017
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.
13:29 | February 24, 2017
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.
14:12 | July 18, 2016
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.
Opinion June 7: Notes from Karabakh
10:31 | June 8, 2016
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.
11:38 | May 11, 2016
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.
Opinion Notes from Karabakh – May 4
01:17 | May 5, 2016
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.”
13:39 | July 22, 2015
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.
12:49 | July 8, 2015
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
15:58 | May 8, 2015
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…
17:31 | April 28, 2015
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.
12:25 | December 22, 2014
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.
10:33 | September 9, 2014
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.
00:20 | August 12, 2014
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.
11:30 | August 7, 2014
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.
10:37 | June 11, 2014
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.
13:22 | February 3, 2014
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.
12:58 | January 10, 2014
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.
09:00 | September 9, 2013
Paylak Hayrapetyan relates that when he asked Ashot Sukiasyan what he had done with the loan, the latter started to make a list – “...I gave the bank 5% of the loan as a kickback.”
12:02 | August 27, 2013
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.
15:23 | June 2, 2013
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.
23:10 | May 13, 2013
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.
Opinion Two Parallel Realities...
13:37 | April 12, 2013
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.
13:45 | March 7, 2013
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.
13:32 | January 17, 2013
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.
15:01 | December 17, 2012
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.
01:10 | December 10, 2012
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.
Interviews “We are producing the best wine in Armenia”
11:39 | September 26, 2012
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.
12:00 | September 8, 2012
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.
11:52 | July 30, 2012
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.
12:47 | July 25, 2012
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.”
17:53 | July 18, 2012
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.
14:02 | July 12, 2012
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.
15:53 | July 2, 2012
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.
09:41 | June 21, 2012
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."
19:20 | June 18, 2012
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.
12:40 | June 18, 2012
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.
11:27 | June 15, 2012
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.
13:38 | June 12, 2012
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.
11:00 | May 18, 2012
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.
12:12 | May 11, 2012
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.
16:41 | March 28, 2012
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.
19:30 | February 18, 2012
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.
Special Lilit Needs Your Help! (Video)
15:47 | November 4, 2011
Perhaps Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan can explain what pivotal significance it will serve the shaping of the Armenian nation to have one of his party colleagues build a huge commercial center on the site.
12:40 | August 22, 2011
Mr. Baghdasaryan, in his open letter to PM Sargsyan, had raised several procedural issues surrounding the June 17th hearings that were in violation of Armenia's Freedom of Information laws.
12:19 | July 8, 2011
MP Tigran Arzakantsyan wasn’t present at the opening fall session of the Armenian National Parliament on September 14, 2010. Was he sick or detained by more urgent state business?
10:55 | June 27, 2011
Her two boys began to work in a small jewellery factory two months after they arrived in Istanbul. The day we visited, the boys had even brought work home to do – setting stones on rings.
16:55 | June 1, 2011
A Hetq source within the government says that Mr. Papazyan,Executive Director of the Competitiveness Foundation,is being forced out, a victim of mining interests at the Tatev Monastery.
11:12 | May 9, 2011
Paramount Gold Mining Ltd., a company owned by RA National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan and MO Tigran Arzakantsyan, was granted license to mine the Meghradzor gold mine’s Lusatchur section in Kotayk Marz.
12:10 | April 21, 2011
We had sent some questions to RA Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan regarding the Halidzor gold mine exploratory license. We wanted to know what company had been given the license for the Syunik Marz mine.
18:34 | April 13, 2011
Thanks for your response even though it was somewhat surprising, given that our letter to you dated February 15 of this year remains unanswered. Perhaps, if you had answered it, these “inaccuracies” might not have occurred.
12:36 | April 1, 2011
The above is a question that arises when the institutions of the government don't work. All government structures in Armenia have just one thing on their mind – how to embezzle state funds.
Interviews “Tatev Rebirth” in Peril
17:48 | March 21, 2011
This past February 23, RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan hosted a delegation from the Chinese Fortune Oil company. During the meeting, the sides discussed the company’s investment program in Armenia’s mining sector.
18:14 | March 19, 2011
After Visiting Freedom Square around the Opera, you really can’t avoid the zurna-dhol music blasting from the attraction ride not 10 meters away from where Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian is sitting on a bench, deep into his “fast for freedom”.
Opinion The Emperor Has No Clothes
Opinion Alternate Armenian Worlds
17:00 | March 7, 2011
«They just can’t picture where people have wound up due to their actions. They live in an alternate universe with different surroundings. They have no problem paying their gas, water and other utility bills.
Investigation Tuberculosis Program Mismanaged in Armenia
16:52 | February 7, 2011
t turns out that RA National Assembly Chairman Hovik Abrahamyan has a soft spot for precious metals; gold in particular. Paramount Gold Mining, a company he owns, was awarded an operating license last year.
16:54 | January 19, 2011
Dear Readers, For the past ten years “Hetq” has been providing investigative news reportage from Armenia and we have garnered a loyal host of readers from within the country and in far-flung countries worldwide. I can only assume from your letters ...
16:25 | December 16, 2010
Ethical violations have little to do with sacking of mayor and minister If Mihran Poghosyan, Chief of Armenia’s Compulsory Enforcement Service (CES), had been disciplined in a timely fashion for his crime, he wouldn’t be beating anyone today. Perhaps ...
15:03 | November 23, 2010
"Our Show" shows Armenians in the 'homeland' the wonders of the '2nd homeland' Samvel Mayrapetyan is a well-known figure in Armenia’s luxury housing construction sector. He also owns a controlling share of H2 TV. I recently had the misfortune of randomly ...
15:30 | November 1, 2010
I was really happy when the Tatev cable car launched its first maiden voyage high above the valleys and gorges of Syunik. I also had good feelings towards Russian-Armenian businessman Rouben Vardanyan.
15:00 | October 25, 2010
“Armcollection” Director Gets 25 Liters Daily for Company Car Hetq has obtained copies of directives handed down by Lyudvig Sargsyan, Director of “ArmCollection” CJSC (Hayinkasatsia) regarding “permissible gasoline amounts” to be used by company ...
12:00 | October 25, 2010
It was four in the morning. I had an hour to wait at Zvartnots Airport. It seems that Armavia Airlines goes out of its way to schedule all of its flights late at night. In this, it has succeeded. I tried to remember a flight I took during the day in ...
15:00 | October 11, 2010
Jockeying for position within Armenia’s ruling elite and flare-ups on the political front will continue as long as Robert Kocharyan, the second president, has not decided between coming out of “retirement” into big politics or sticking to his business ...
13:00 | October 11, 2010
Indian Benefactors Come to the Aid of Karen and Andranik On Armenian Independence Day, September 21, Father Khoren Hovhannisyan, Pastor of the Armenians in India and Manager of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy of Calcutta, ...
17:53 | October 4, 2010
No one is any longer amazed to read stories about Armenian officials abusing their government posts. You can no longer shock anyone by writing that this or that person has spent $500,000 to buy a seat in the National Assembly. It comes as no surprise ...
16:30 | September 27, 2010
“I am convinced it was suicide,” Sargsyan Declares “Once again let me declare, and I say this with the deepest conviction, it was a case of suicide. Maybe they instigated him to suicide, maybe they pressured him…As to the Khalafyan case in general, ...
15:00 | September 20, 2010
The problem isn’t that RoA National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan owns several businesses and that the government seeks to make them answerable to the tax laws of the land.
16:30 | September 13, 2010
This question is frequently posed by various political figures and players, especially those hailing from the ruling Republican Party. They just cannot understand how numerous officials, caught with their hands in the state “cookie jar” or found to be ...
22:56 | August 20, 2010
The Russians are in Armenia. In the lexicon of the Armenian elite, the Russians are our "back-up". You need such "back-up" to get ahead in business, to become a member of parliament or even find any type of work. And since their "boss" says that today our ...
12:05 | August 10, 2010
Ruben Hakhverdyan’s recent “controversial” interview with the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet has been a topic of debate and discussion in the Armenian press. In an interview with Hurriyet reporter Vercihan Ziflioglu, dated August 3, the popular Armenian ...
17:45 | July 26, 2010
The RoA State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition (SCPEC), during its investigation of the vodka market, has brought charges against “Saleks Group”, a company owned by MP Samvel Aleksanyan, six times and has hit the legislator with penalties.
17:09 | July 3, 2010
Hetq’s article regarding the unfolding drama at the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy in Calcutta (Armenian College in Calcutta Under Lock-Down; Students Blame Etchmiadzin Designated Director) elicited a wide range of reactions from readers. Many ...
15:12 | June 28, 2010
Aristomene Varudakisi, Director of the World Bank office in Armenia, is completing his mission here. Before leaving, he revealed a startling figure – 35-40% of Armenia’s Gross Domestic Product is comprised of “shadow business”; i.e. these activities ...
11:28 | June 12, 2010
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. Everything was going as planned. By noon the operation was ...
15:16 | May 31, 2010
An interview with the popular Armenian song writer and performer Why hasn't a "spiritual" Armenia taken shape? We must not forget that not much time has past from the battle of Sardarabad in 1918 till today. I believe that we have recently come to realize ...
15:20 | May 17, 2010
24 year-old Vahan Khalafyan was killed in the Charentsavan police station. it possible that the public wouldn't have known about it? Yes, definetely. Is it possible that RA Police Chief Alik Sargsyan was in cahoots when it cam to feeding the public false information ...
15:18 | May 17, 2010
Owing to its large audience and influence on the viewer,TV has become an important weapon in the strugle being waged foreconomic and politcal power. The ruling elites have realized that the impact of the print media in the country has waned and that it is ...
10:29 | May 6, 2010
“We must immediately issue a warning – to stop the rains from mixing with the toxic wastes. They are flowing down.” This was the alarm made by a top government official who wishes to remain ...
15:22 | May 3, 2010
For the past few issues, we have been presenting our readers stories of individuals who have taken out bank loans, mainly for agricultural purposes, and the financial mess they have wound up in. We have stressed that the loan system is such that rural residents ...
12:32 | April 2, 2010
“Jungle” Karaoke Bar Blares Music; Tenants All Stressed Out Years ago, my Armenia friend from the diaspora decided to relocate to Armenia. Three years ago he purchased an apartment on Northern Avenue in downtown Yerevan. A year ago, he took the plunge. ...
11:43 | March 4, 2010
Humanity has existed from time immemorial and during the past 20,000-30,000 years gas was never burnt. Now look at what’s happening. People in Armenia are all emotional; they want to burn gas. Go to your homes and burn cow dung."
12:35 | February 25, 2010
Inferior construction in Gyumri leads to new contract in Spitak Two months ago, it became apparent that the buildings constructed by Glendale Hills with government money intended to house homeless families in Gyumri, were sub-standard. The buildings ...
17:30 | January 25, 2010
There’s a rumor going round the halls of the National Assembly. They say that a bill is going to be introduced to add a new national holiday to the calendar – “Bodyguard Day”. It’s still too early to say which MP will sponsor the bill or which political ...
17:24 | January 18, 2010
Will the government ever decide to correct practices of Glendale Hills and other developers? On December 23, President Serzh Sargsyan visited the neighborhood of Moush in Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city. It was only after his visit that the government ...
16:41 | December 26, 2009
Last week the T.V. news show “Haylur” reported that after its program aired, the chief of staff of the presidential office would personally get involved in the matter of the Gyumri boiler plant. What went down in Gyumri and why did the chief of staff decide ...
00:36 | December 24, 2009
Yesterday, the Estonian Financial Inspectorate fined “GILD Arbitrage Risk Capital Fund” 250,000 kroons (about $25,000) for providing its investors false information regarding its status in Armenia.
13:02 | October 22, 2009
Football diplomacy or before the opening of the “gates of heaven” “Aren’t they going to bring us anything to drink? We’re going into the enemy camp?” asked a seasoned reporter on the flight to Bursa. I am at a loss to say how many of the ...
18:28 | October 19, 2009
American businessman Serob Ter-Poghosyan, president and owner of Metal Prince, threatened Larisa Paremuzyan, a "Hetq" investigative reporter based in Lori who penned the article, "Shamlough in Peril: "Metal Prince" Mining Operations Has Townsfolk Up In Arms", ...
17:49 | July 20, 2009
We don’t say that they died, we say, they fell. Everything is preserved in our memory; down to the last detail. The boys are gathered around the gravestones; in silence. The silence captures all.
Opinion Yerablur Chronicle
16:40 | June 19, 2009
On the way to the Yerablur National Military Cemetery this morning, I hoped I wouldn't meet up with a lot of people there. I no longer can take the crowds and the inevitable people who pop up with their concocted war stories. I promised myself that if that ...
18:59 | June 15, 2009
RoA police have arrested Petros Temiryan as a suspect in the murder of Nazaret Berberian, a prominent American-Armenian businessman who went missing in Yerevan on April 25, 2009. Mr. Berberian's partially decomposed body was located on May 15, buried in a ...
16:14 | May 17, 2009
Yesterday, the RoA Police issued a communiqué stating that the body of missing American-Armenian businessman Nazaret-Hagop Berberian had been found with traces of physical violence. The body, covered with rocks and dirt, was found in a ditch alongside ...
14:52 | May 16, 2009
There still is no trace of American-Armenian businessman Nazaret-Hagop Berberian who went missing on April 25. He left his apartment on Amiryan Street at around 8 pm and hasn't been seen since. The attached photos show on-going construction of a Yerevan ...
19:46 | May 4, 2009
In February, Hetq published an article entitled “A ring of illegal construction sites has encircled Lake Sevan”. The article presented facts regarding illegal construction belonging to several top government officials, most notably of Minister for Nature ...
17:04 | December 29, 2008
As of September of this year, Tamaya Resources put a stop to the project to extract gold from the Lichkvaz and Terterasar mines. According to a statement released by the company the primary reason for the project’s termination were financial problems.
15:36 | December 15, 2008
On September 13, 2008, Grigor Igityan, the former translator and representative for the Najarians, was sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment by the Kentron and Nork-Marash Court on the charge of swindling Carolann and George Najarian out of their personal property. The court decided to let Mr. Igityan free on his own recognizance until the sentence went into effect.
15:17 | December 15, 2008
During the years 2205, 2006 and 2007, Armenia imported 1,955 tons of molybdenum ore from a variety of countries. The importation of the ore has officially been registered by the Customs Service as, « Temporary importation for reprocessing ». The value of the imported ore according to Customs is 19.7 billion drams (approximately $66 million).
21:45 | November 17, 2008
In the last few months, due to the global financial crisis, a drastic fall in the price of metals has occurred. The price for copper on the global market fell from $8,000 to $4,000; molybdenum from $80,000 to $24,000-$34,000; zinc from $2,800 down to $1,100. ...
17:47 | November 10, 2008
A parcel of land located some 1.5 kilometers north-east of the town of Hrazdan in Kotayk Marz containing deposit reserves of 70,266 tons (19,304 cubic meters) was licensed to Nagin, Ltd. for a period of 25 years. Let us remind readers that Nagin Ltd. is registered under the names of Vardan Ayvazyan’s wife and son.
10:11 | November 1, 2008
On October 29th, the Compulsory Enforcement Service of Court Decrees (CES) released the following statement: “The CES of Armenia declares that Mihran Poghosyan, who heads the CES, presently has no connection whatsoever with the firm Ketrin LLC. While Mr. ...
22:21 | October 27, 2008
When I stated that the guys who fought in the war feared talking about the matter I understood that I had crossed the line. Garik opened up and talked without taking a breath.
10:24 | October 27, 2008
On October 18th, 11 year-old Arkady Khachatryan was taken from the village of Zaglik to the hospital at Martakert. Fragments from an exploding piece of ordinance had damaged the young boy’s ...
13:00 | October 20, 2008
The Public Information Division at the Police Department has not seen fit to organize an interview on the matter and only responded to our written inquiry 21 days later. In their response there was no answer to our question as to why there has been such a ...
12:40 | October 20, 2008
Under the name of this struggle millions of dollars are going up in smoke. Again, we are witness to anti-corruption national programs as if the previous ones have been fully realized with unsurpassed results. And if those results aren’t tangible, ...
12:00 | October 6, 2008
This case has been closed since Mr. Grisha Harutyunyan, a former Deputy Chief of the Finance Division of Armenia’s Security Agency, lurks in the background. After this story broke various news organizations ran with the news and attempted to ascertain ...
Opinion The Only Reality
12:00 | October 6, 2008
Two weeks ago a meeting took place where the Prosecutor General of Armenia, Aghvan Hovsepyan, squared off with journalists and various NGO’s. During said meeting I informed the Prosecutor General that people do not believe in the law enforcement system, ...
16:58 | September 15, 2008
Up till now in Armenia this is the first and only trafficking case under investigation. For his part Ararat Muradyan doesn’t consider himself to be guilty. He hasn’t comprehended the fact that what he did, recruiting Robert and Edgar Karapetyan ...
20:20 | September 8, 2008
The Lori eco-group has directed a set of questions to the operators of the mine, to the Mayor of Stepanavan and to the Ministry of Nature Protection. None has seen fit to provide answers to these queries or to offer clarifications regarding the matter. In ...
15:54 | September 8, 2008
Two weeks before President Gul’s visit to Armenia a number of Turkish news agencies contacted me with proposals for an interview. The questions were almost the same - how is Armenian society reacting to the visit of Gul and how do Armenians in general ...
News The General
00:00 | August 18, 2008
It seemed that nothing was happening in the city, there were no signs of life to be seen. He knew that in all the days of his life he hadn’t learned as much as in one single day of war. The long years of grief had gnawed away at his nerves. He didn’t ...
16:24 | August 4, 2008
The Armenian community of Istanbul is the most isolated when it comes to relations with the Republic of Armenia. The Armenians of Turkey hardly feel the presence of Armenia in whatever sector you wish to name.
15:09 | August 4, 2008
Rober’s parents hail from the town of Sepastia. When Rober was 12 years-old the family moved to Istanbul. The family name is “Shirvanian” which they were forced to change in 1934 when the Turkish government passed a law requiring Armenians to adopt Turkish surnames. Turkish was the language spoken at home. Rober began to learn Armenian at the age of seven at school. He writes articles for Agos in Turkish.
15:59 | July 28, 2008
There are about 3-5 thousand Armenians from the ROA residing in the vicinity of the Patriarchate. This was the number noted by several Armenians from Bolis active in community affairs.
13:46 | July 21, 2008
According to the passport laws existing between Armenia and Turkey, citizens of the Republic of Armenia (ROA) are granted a 30-day tourist visa. There’s no difficulty getting a visa. People traveling to Turkey by bus are issued one at the border and airline passengers get theirs either at the Istanbul or Antalya airport, at a cost of $15.
11:00 | July 21, 2008
Colonel K. Matevosyan, Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Armenia, in his response to our inquiry stated that during 2005-2006 the Republic of Armenia exported a total of 866 tons of bananas. Now let us present a more detailed picture of ...
14:22 | May 26, 2008
We have many pledges made during the November 23, 2007 Telethon that haven’t been honored as yet; that’s to say that the cash contributions have yet to be forwarded to us. During the past 2-3 years the U.S. Dollar was depreciated in value in Armenia. ...
16:34 | May 12, 2008
“The decision to fire me from my job was taken by the wife of Tigran Torosyan, the President of the National Assembly, just because I asked that my job responsibilities be clearly stated”, confidently states Antranik Sargsyan, Head Visitation Section at the Department of Protocol at the National Assembly. They removed him from his position on April 7, 2008.
23:00 | April 14, 2008
It was with these words that Tigran Sargsyan, then President of the Central Bank of Armenia, concluded a lecture entitled “Armenian Civilization as a Ground Breaking Model” he gave at an event organized by the Noravank Foundation (www.noravanq.am), ...
13:24 | April 7, 2008
At one point Serzh Sargsyan viewed the inclusion of Artur Baghdasaryan as the key to pacifying the level of domestic political turmoil. That hope merely lasted till March 1st; the operation at the Opera and the events that followed. The apparent continuation ...
Articles A New Page In Kashatagh's History?
21:13 | March 31, 2008
Scores of organizations and political parties from both Armenia and the Diaspora attended the conference as well as representatives of the Armenian Government. The President of the NKR, Bako Sahakyan, was also present for the opening ceremonies on March 28th.
14:00 | February 22, 2008
The above lines are taken from a speech that Vahan Hovhannisyan, the presidential candidate of the ARF-D, made before the elections. Wherever he traveled during the campaign he stated that he would safeguard every ballot cast on his behalf. Let me bring one ...
Articles Who Exploited the Mghart Gold Mine?
21:33 | February 4, 2008
Twenty days later this document was transferred over to the Multi Group Concern, CJSC. The office of GM Magharo at Vardanants Street #7 was closed, the telephones switched off and Tigran Atanesyan, the company’s Chief Director, was no where to be found.
18:06 | November 5, 2007
“ I’m not interested in any promises, I’m going of my own free will. I know conditions are rough there “, observes Shahen Baliozian, a Syrian-Armenian who left for Kashatagh with three other doctors on the morning of November 1st.
14:05 | November 5, 2007
The head of the Kentron District Municipality, Gagik Beglaryan, known as Chorni (Black) Gago has for years refused to reply to letters from the sent by Monte Melkonian Fund. For six years now, the issue of the Yerevan office of the charity has remained unresolved and uncertain.
16:13 | October 22, 2007
In August this year, the efforts made by the government to solve problems that had come up in the mining industry finally bore some fruit. On August 15, a preliminary contract was signed regarding the sale of the Ararat Gold Recovery Company (AGRC), while on August 30, a preliminary contract was signed between Global Gold and the Armenian government, regarding the cessation of the international arbitration process.
Articles Logging Continues
16:06 | October 22, 2007
67-year old Yura Ghiyasyan lives with his wife, Nadia, in their two-story home in the Tavush village of Ditavan. Their two daughters are married in Russia and their son followed them and moved there as well, where he works and supports his parents. Parts of Yura's yard are covered with rows of firewood, seemingly for the winter. But they use the wood throughout the year, not just to heat their house in the cold season.
Interviews Using a Hammer Instead of a Screwdriver
Articles I Have No Association With Max Wood
14:14 | September 24, 2007
Member of Parliament Harutyun Pambukyan sent a letter to the editor of Hetq which reads, “On June 7 at the Friday Club, during a press conference organized by you and Karen Kanlaryan, the editor of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s newspaper Droshak, you made a statement that directly relates to me. Specifically, you stated, “Harutyun Pambukyan’s company Max Wood’s vehicles uproot the walnut trees in Kashatagh, then process them and send them to Spain, so that Armenian oligarchs’ Mercedes can have wooden parts made in Karabakh.”
13:59 | September 24, 2007
In 1996 Tigran Kyureghyan left Yerevan for the liberated territories of Nagorno-Karabakh, took up residence in Karvatchar, and implemented projects aimed at resettling the villages. Today he and his family live in Berdzor and he works on a variety of development programs in Kashatagh.
15:38 | September 10, 2007
General Haykaz Baghmanyan has been involved in a series of scandals throughout the years. Numerous stories have been published in the newspapers, but to no avail; the general’s affairs only improved, his business flourished. His military commander’s jeep can be seen almost every day parked near different cafes and restaurants in Yerevan, or near the petrol station he owns.
Articles How to Make a Million
14:37 | August 27, 2007
Former Minister for Environmental Protection Vardan Ayvazyan issued 7 licenses on the same day - December 19, 2005 - for the exploration of 4 sectors of the Hankavan mine area and 3 sectors of Meghradzor in the province of Kotayk, to a company called Interier, founded by his assistant Tigran Krmoyan.
14:03 | August 20, 2007
The isolation facing the Armenian village of Jiliza, which straddles the border with Georgia, lately became even more pronounced when Armenian and Georgian border guards began prohibiting residents from their respective countries to make the crossing over to the other side. There are seven Armenian villages on the Georgian side and residents of these villages have familial links with Jiliza.
Articles False Information That Was Paid For
13:14 | August 20, 2007
“...Upon publishing the article (They're Getting Rid of the Indians and Bringing In the Russians) further investigation revealed that the Madneuli Stock Company purchased all the shares of the Golden Ore, LLC in December 2006. This transaction was duly noted on April 23, 2007 in the Federal Registry's Regional Branch and was correspondingly recorded in the participants' Reeystr (a government-related department also attached to the Ministry of Justice where changes in stock ownership are duly recorded).
Articles Tigran Sargsyan is in Panic
14:13 | August 13, 2007
On May 25 of this year, the Economic Court, Judge A. Sargsyan presiding, issued a ruling (already in force) which could signal a turning point in the operations of the Central Bank (CB). This ruling declared void fines imposed through a series of CB decisions against VTB-Armenia Bank executive director Alexander Vartanov.
13:12 | August 6, 2007
The two-year ongoing battle between the Ararat Gold Recovery Company (AGRC, LLC) , owned by the Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, and the Government of the Republic of Armenia (ROA), appears to have entered its final phase. This is borne out by the statement released by the Press Secretary of the Prosecutor General's Office on August 2 nd confirming that on the same day Gagik Jhangiryan, the Deputy Chieh Prosecutor, lodged a legal action with the Economic Court of the ROA against the AGRC.
13:02 | August 6, 2007
Sayat Melkonyan, a resident of Yerevan, is a specialist in ethnographic dance and song. He's worked with the “Akunk” troupe and has directed his own “Karin” and “Mush” ensembles. With his wife Karineh he also gave lessons in ethnographic dance and song. Eight years ago Sayat and his family moved to the New Shahumyan region of Gharabakh.
Articles Peace and Tranquility
Articles New Verin Shen
17:02 | July 23, 2007
For eight years Iskhan Hovannisyan has been the village mayor of Verin Shen in the region of Nor Shahumyan. He recounts that when water was piped into the village ten years ago it was forcasted to serve the needs of eighteen families. Today, the amount of water isn't sufficient. There are certain neighborhoods that receive no water at all.
15:39 | July 16, 2007
The village of Tzar is different from other villages in the liberated territories not only because it has served as a princely royal seat for hundreds of years but also due to the fact that it has received a 20 million dram loan from the government. That loan has been used to purchase a truck and build livestock sheds to shelter the village's herd of young bulls. This development loan was given for a three -year period at an annual rate of 0.6%. The man who conceived this plan is Samvel Simonyan, the village's first resident who moved here eight years ago. Today, he's also Tzar's mayor.
Articles Cows Are Victims of Politics
Articles Deadly Remnants of War
Articles Excavations at Tigranakert Suspended
14:35 | July 16, 2007
Excavations at Tigranakert were suspended on June 16 (See also: Excavations for 2007 Begin in Tigranakert, article in Armenian, as well as Tigranakert). Hamlet Petrosyan, head of the archeological group working in Nagorno Karabakh, made the official announcement about the cessation.
Articles The World Begins Here
Interviews There is No Alternative to Resettlement
Investigation Vardan Ayvazyan is Again Given Green Light
18:07 | June 4, 2007
When media outlets published articles concerning a drunken Minister of the Environment Vardan Ayvazyan shooting at seagulls with a pistol from the Sevan coast, he immediately and repeatedly denied the news.
Articles A Family with Fifteen Children
Articles They Start Taking Drugs in School
Articles The Armenian Sodom and Gomorrah
Investigation Secrets of Armenia’s Underground Resources
13:58 | April 16, 2007
“The volumes of foreign investments in the fields of mineral resource industry and metallurgy in Armenia in 2006 amounted to $110 million, which is comparable to the last year's showing,” stated a press release by Arminfo on April 6, 2007.
Investigation Vardan Ayvazyan Has a Special Fondness for Goldmines
Investigation An Apple of Discord Beneath Hankavan
21:09 | April 2, 2007
We have reported recently that the Minister of Nature Protection has given several deposits with total mineral resource content of about 3 billion tons to members of his own family and is now trying to sell them off.
Articles Land Grabbed from Villagers
Investigation Vardan Ayvazyan’s Business Project
18:39 | March 26, 2007
Hetq received a letter from Gideon Moalem, resident of Jerusalem, in which he voices his displeasure with a gay nightclub located in a building owned by the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem.
Interviews “Jirairs Make History”
15:27 | March 5, 2007
On March 6th, the government of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) officially dismissed Hamlet Khatchatryan as the Regional Administrative Governor of Kashatagh. Ernest Ghevontyan, a former leader of the "Artsakh" Committee, was designated as his replacement.
Articles Armenia Does Not Need Foreigners
00:21 | November 20, 2006
Pankaj Joshi, an Indian citizen, first visited Armenia in December 2003. He received a three-month visa to Armenia at that time, but stayed for exactly one year, remaining in the country illegally for a number of months.
Investigation Government Agencies Help Convicted Trafficker Escape
22:01 | November 13, 2006
In February 2006, Anush Zakharyants, who was serving time at the Abovyan criminal detention center after being convicted of trafficking, “escaped” with collective help from the Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor General's office.
Articles Let Them Serve Safely and Be Careful
15:17 | November 6, 2006
Mihran Mahmouzian has been implementing charity projects in Kashatagh for the last seven years. He voiced his concern at facts outlined in earlier articles of Hetq, and arrived in Armenia in September, spending time in Kashatagh as well. He assessed the situation in Kashatagh as catastrophic. The following is an interview with Mihran Mahmouzian.
21:52 | October 30, 2006
Mets Tagher, a village in the Hadrut region, is different from all the other villages in Karabakh primarily because it has a teahouse. It seems a luxury of sorts when viewed next to the inaccessible and narrow streets entering and passing through the village.
Articles Is It All Hopeless?
16:59 | October 16, 2006
In August 2003, US citizen George Najarian appealed to the president, prosecutor general, and foreign minister of Armenia informing them that Armenian citizen Grigor Igityan had deceitfully taken possession of plots of land with buildings and a photo shop he owned in Yerevan.
Articles The Tufenkian Foundation in Artsakh
00:02 | September 25, 2006
Armenia's State committee on Cadastre has lost the state 1.5 billion drams. At least this is the official figure that was circulated by the Office of the Prosecutor General on September 5, 2006. According to our source within the law enforcement agencies, the real figure exceeds 3 billion drams.
22:06 | September 18, 2006
Some dozen villagers are sitting on a log in the center of the village. Soon, the whole village has gathered around the log, which is a few meters away from a spring out of which flows a mere trickle of water.
Articles A License for Robbery
20:45 | September 18, 2006
We obtained the document pictured here in Berdzor. As you can see, this license gives Yurik Petrosyan, the director of Jupiter, Ltd. permission to dismantle the reinforced concrete structures of damaged houses in several settlements to use the material for construction work elsewhere in the region.
15:33 | August 7, 2006
A child was born at the hospital in Berdzor on June 18. When we returned to Berdzor on June 22, after touring the villages of the Kashatagh region, there was another birth in progress. “We have an average of two births a week,” said the nurse on duty.
15:29 | August 7, 2006
In Berdzor, the regional center of Kashatagh, life has become sort of sleepy. People have grown lazy – it can be felt even in the way they walk and talk. It is not like it used to be, that's for sure. In the villages located some tens of kilometers from Berdzor, they have given in to disappointment.
15:22 | August 7, 2006
Tsaghkaberd, the largest village in the Kashatagh region of Nagorno Karabakh, has about 1,000 hectares of arable land. 600 hectares is allocated to the villagers for cultivation, but only few of them are able to make use of their land.
15:09 | August 7, 2006
The village of Maratuk with its three households is located near the road leading from Berdzor to the south. A well-groomed garden running along the path from the roadside toward the village is a welcome sight after the drought-dried greenery along the main road.
14:46 | August 7, 2006
“Hambaryan Pargev Washingtonovich,” was the answer we received from the father of many children from the village of Haykazyan to our question, “What is your name?” The villagers simply call Pargev Washingtonovich Hambaryan Pasha.
14:30 | August 7, 2006
“You can never come back from the war. You can come back physically, but not spiritually, “ says Kharabakh war veteran Doctor Artsakh Bunyatyan. He seems to have found one to escape this condition: he drinks vodka (or sun liquid, as he calls it) and offers it to his visitors.
17:14 | July 31, 2006
In 1994, a policy of repopulating the Lachin Corridor with refugees and families from throughout Armenia was instituted. But now, many of the families who moved to the area are leaving. The current head of the regional administration in Kashatagh, as the area is now known, is Hamlet Khachatryan, appointed through a decision by the NKR government in November 2004.
12:15 | July 3, 2006
According to a June 22, 2006 Government Decision, 1,177 square meters of land at the intersection of Abovyan and Tumanyan Streets out of a 1,415 square meter plot belonging to the State Committee of Sport was allocated free of charge to the Armenia's Oligarch Number One, member of parliament, president of the Multi Group Concern, president of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia, and founder of the Prosperous Armenia political party, Gagik Tsarukyan.
Articles Tsarukyan's Prosperous Armenia
15:48 | June 26, 2006
Piles of passports like these can be seen in various photo shops throughout Yerevan, passports of those citizens of Armenia who have agreed to join the political party Prosperous Armenia .
Articles Dubai: Center of the Sex Trade
13:34 | June 19, 2006
The man in national dress pictured here works for the Criminal Investigation Department of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On February 3, 2005, under his supervision, pimps of various nationalities were selling women right in front of the Inter City hotel in Dubai. Among the women were underage girls, including Armenians.
21:45 | May 1, 2006
Armen Sargsyan from Tavush celebrated his 16 th birthday this January in Abovyan's correctional facility for juvenile criminals. He had stolen two copper pots used for distilling vodka and sold them to a metal trader for 2,000 drams.
Articles Strangers in Their Homeland
16:44 | April 17, 2006
There is an Armenian adage - "One robber robbed another one; even God was surprised." I am not sure if other nations have a similar saying, but this is a brilliant description of the battle against corruption in Armenia.
15:41 | April 3, 2006
A file sent to the Office of the Prosecutor General from the Police Service of Armenia in March 2006 contains allegations from sisters G. and S. that Yerevan resident Gayane Darbinyan took them to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where they were subjected to sexual exploitation.
Articles Another Armenian Auction
12:51 | March 27, 2006
"You will not find anyone in Yerevan who believes that auctions are held fairly," President Robert Kocharyan stated last January 20 during a visit to the Yerevan Mayor's Office.
Interviews No Organization is Closed to the Tax Service
23:08 | March 13, 2006
"The answer is simple. I don't have to convince you that you are wrong, but rather check the company that you mention on the tax front. That will be my job,” said Felix Tsolakyan, head of the State Tax Service.
Articles The Godfathers of the Shadow Economy
22:31 | March 13, 2006
Every politician, known and less-well known, and official in high or low position talks about corruption and the shadowy nature of the economy. Everyone claims to be waging a war against these problems. The most common ways of doing so are speaking at seminars, joining international organizations and participating in their events, and, of course, peppering pre-election speeches with rhetoric on these fronts.
18:08 | February 6, 2006
Sources within the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Armenia have told us that the investigators in the case of US philanthropists George and Carolann Najarian were recently rewarded for achievements by their superiors.
Articles Who Gets Poverty Assistance?
Articles Turmoil Surrounds Armenian Gold
16:48 | January 23, 2006
"Alrosa failed to agree on the acquisition of Ararat Gold Recovery Company (AGRC) with Sterlite Industries Limited," Arminfo reported on January 11, 2006. According to the news agency, Alrosa, a Russian diamond mining company, expressed an interest in acquiring the Armenian Gold Recovery Company. They failed to agree on the deal, however.
16:42 | January 23, 2006
Armine (not her real name) from Hrazdan spent a year in Dubai as a sex slave in the control of the notorious pimp Anahit Malkhasyan, or Dbr Ano, who was wanted by Interpol. On October 3, 2005, Malkhasyan was killed in a car accident in Dubai under suspicious circumstances. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Armenia closed the criminal case against her.
13:49 | January 16, 2006
Fifty-year-old Sergey Razganyaev has been in Armenia for seven years and is unable to return to his home city of Chelinadolsk in the Tatarstan Autonomous Republic of the Russian Federation.
23:59 | December 26, 2005
Armenian partners in the AGRC joint venture were surprised when, after they offered support to Anil Agarwal, there was no collaboration as originally expected, but instead the Indian side simply ignored the Armenians' proposals.
23:57 | December 26, 2005
In accordance with rulings at all three levels of the Armenian court system, Rafik Chichakyan must vacate Apartment #3 at 5/1 Abovyan Street. His eviction was initiated by the government; the subsequent court rulings have "legalized" the expulsion of a resident from his own home.
Articles Anil Agarwal's Shady Dealings
19:53 | December 19, 2005
An article published on November 25, 2005 on www.mineweb.com, an international mining publication focusing on mining finance and corporate news, suggested that Anil Agarwal, the chairman of Vedanta Resources and Toronto-listed junior miner Sterlite Gold, is likely to lose a major goldmine project in Armenia.
Articles Armenian Gold Loses its Shine
19:47 | December 19, 2005
The only desert in Armenia is situated in the Ararat valley. This desert, 1 km long and 1.5 km wide, is manmade, the result of twenty years of work by the Ararat gold processing plant.
Articles AGRC Intent on Polluting
18:13 | December 12, 2005
At a discussion held at the Marriott Armenia Hotel on December 2 nd , the Ararat Gold Recovery Company ltd. (AGRC) once again presented its plans for building a gold processing plant near the Sotk mine, twenty kilometers away from Lake Sevan.
Articles Armenian Prostitutes in Turkey
16:57 | December 5, 2005
A few months ago, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in a speech that Turkey hosts around 40,000 Armenian citizens. What are so many Armenians doing in different locations within Turkey? They are mainly in trade, working in the service industry, or, painful as it is to admit it, involved in the sex business.
14:33 | November 14, 2005
The Court of First Instance of Yerevan's Kentron and Nork- Marash Districts, Judge Pargev Ohanyan presiding, has ruled to terminate the decision by the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia to dismiss the case against Grigor Igityan.
Articles Calcutta School Director Fired
Articles Armenians Arrested in Dubai
23:05 | September 5, 2005
Susana Sukiasyan (a.k.a. Grpo Suso), a Dubai pimp who had been sought by the Armenian police, was arrested in July, along with ten women who were worked for her. According to our sources in the Dubai police force, Sukiasyan's arrest was unconnected to her involvement in the sex trade.
16:25 | August 8, 2005
“And so in the beginning of 2003 the next phase of my activities began. I called Anahit Mlkhasyan, a Dubai pimp, and got Nune Kcheyan's phone number in Yerevan, which I can’t recall now. I called Nune, and asked her to find girls for me and send them to Dubai, so that they would do prostitution for me. She demanded $1,000 for each girl she would recruit.
Articles Judges Need Training
16:23 | August 8, 2005
On August 3, 2005 the hearing of the case against Natella Saghatelyan, a resident of Uzbekistan charged with violating Article 132 of the Criminal Code of Armenia (human trafficking) continued in the Court of First Instance of the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan.
Articles Why Pimps Don't Get Punished
16:08 | August 1, 2005
On May 25 2005, The Court of First Instance of the Kotayk Province, Judge Gagik Heboyan presiding, reviewed the request from the Abovyan prison and released prisoner Marietta Musayelyan before she had completed her sentence. Muselyan had been wanted by the police since 2003 and was sentenced to one year and six months in prison. She served only seven months.
15:59 | August 1, 2005
“There are between 40 and 50 thousand Armenians in Greece , 16-17 thousand of which are Greek- Armenians born here. The rest are people who have come from Armenia over the last ten or fifteen years.”
Articles Even the Court Supports the Pimp
19:13 | June 27, 2005
On May 25 th, The Court of First Instance of the Kotayk Province, Judge Gagik Heboyan presiding, issued a decision that is a classic example of the support pimps receive in the Armenian legal system.
17:32 | June 15, 2005
"One day my sister Arus came with a girl, her name was Anna. Arus said 'She'll be your wife.' I slept with Anna that day. She was my first girl. I haven't been with a woman since," 24-year-old Arsen Gevorgyan told us, the second time we met.
Articles Who Acquired the Hidden Gold and How
01:39 | May 25, 2005
"In an inspection carried out at the Sotk mine, 865.2 kg of gold, 3.3 tons of silver, 0.86 tons of selenium, and 7.18 tons of tellurium were discovered. An inspection of the Meghradzor goldmine in the Kotayk Marz revealed hidden resources consisting of 143.4 kg of gold, 2.78 tons of silver and 3.38 tons of tellurium," read a June 3, 2004 statement by the Ministry of Ecology's State Environmental Supervision Department.
Investigation Dubai is Hell on Earth
23:58 | May 11, 2005
On February 4, 2005 at 8:30 p.m. there was an exchange of gunfire in the TETS-i Krug neighborhood on the outskirts of Yerevan . The shootout lasted fifteen minutes; one man, Mher Ter-Harutiunyan, was killed, and dozens were injured.
16:52 | April 20, 2005
The Court of First Instance of the Kentron and Nork-Marash Communities of Yerevan has partially satisfied the claim of US citizen George Najarian, ruling to continue the criminal investigation into the case and to involve George Najarian as the aggrieved party.
Investigation Desert Nights (video film)
17:17 | March 24, 2005
Hetq has been investigating the problem of trafficking in Armenian women for more than a year now, trying to find out how these women get into the United Arab Emirates, what forces them to take this path and engage in prostitution, who runs this business in Armenia and the UAE and why they are not punished, and what steps law enforcement agencies in Armenia and the United Arab Emirates have taken to stop human trafficking. Our investigative team will provide some answers to these questions in a series of articles and in a video film entitled Desert Nights.
17:58 | March 23, 2005
Notorious pimp Amalia Mnatsakanyan has been released after serving only one month of a two-year sentence. "Mother Pimp Nano", as she is known to law enforcement officials, had been wanted by Interpol. Arrested in the United Arab Emirates, she was transferred to Armenian custody in March 2004. In August, Judge Pargev Ohanyan the Kentron and Nork-Marash Districts of Yerevan sentenced Nano to two years in prison term. By September, she was free.
Investigation Desert Nights: The City of Temptation
17:21 | March 16, 2005
Nights are always mysterious, Arabian nights even more so. The dark engulfs the limitless desert all at once. The yellow tinges of the horizon fade away and vanish, opening the way to the Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Sunlight is unnoticeably replaced by the light of streetlamps. In Dubai, the day has just started...
Investigation The Armenian network in the Dubai sex trade
Investigation Desert Nights: Dubai's Charm is in its Women
15:47 | March 9, 2005
There have been women from Armenia in the United Arab Emirates ever since the early 1990's, when flights started between Yerevan and Dubai. At first, they would buy cheap goods to sell in Armenia. Then they saw that there was a more lucrative business in Dubai, and they started selling themselves for sex. The more business-minded among them made various contacts and started "exporting" girls from Armenia.
Investigation Desert Nights: Recruiters are free to work in Yerevan
14:54 | March 2, 2005
"My sister is 15. I want to bring her here, because I don't have money. She is suffering there, too. She doesn't have a baby. She is more young. If she is here, it will help us," says T. from Tanzania, weeping.
Investigation Desert Nights: They tricked me
14:31 | March 2, 2005
We first met Suzy at the Cyclone nightclub, pretending to be two Americans. The next day, we invited her by phone to the Movenpick Hotel. We negotiated a price, and then told her that we were Armenians, looking for our 18-year old relative.
Investigation Desert Nights - 2
02:14 | February 23, 2005
The court hearing of the case Najarians v. the Prosecutor General's Office has again been delayed for a week, the second time in a row that a hearing has been inexplicably postponed. Although presiding Judge Poghosyan points to Judge Eva Darbinyan's illness as the reason, our sources have informed us that Judge Darbinyan was in the courthouse that day.
Investigation Desert Nights
12:28 | February 16, 2005
Hetq has been investigating the problem of trafficking in Armenian women for more than a year now, trying to find out how these women get into the United Arab Emirates, what forces them to take this path and engage in prostitution, who runs this business in Armenia and the UAE and why they are not punished, and what steps law enforcement agencies in Armenia and the United Arab Emirates have taken to stop human trafficking.
Articles About the Abovyan Street photo shop
00:35 | February 16, 2005
As reported earlier, in December 9, 2004 the Court of First Instance of the Kentron and Nork Marash Communities of Yerevan partially satisfied the claim of US citizen George Najarian
13:45 | February 2, 2005
For a long time Hetq has been working on a series of articles about various foreign organizations that implement projects in Armenia, on how efficient and transparent their work is, if there is any risk of corruption, etc.
Articles Every one has a right to life
15:56 | January 19, 2005
Yerevan, January 19, 2005. We were informed by the by the Undertakers' Office of the Yerevan Municipality that this month, as of January 19 th , fourteen corpses had been buried in the area of the Nubarashen Cemetery reserved for "the unclaimed".
Articles Bash is dead
15:43 | January 19, 2005
Bash, whose real name is Samvel, died on 14 January 2005 . A week earlier while preparing the first draft of an article about him on the occasion of his birthday, I had written that this was definitely his last. My colleagues, however, suggested that to say such things about the living was inappropriate and so, I took the line out.
19:26 | January 12, 2005
Vagrants Robert and Gayane are escorting us to show the life of the homeless in Yerevan . Gayane says that in the past week 12 bomzh have died from the frost. Walking on a little further, we can see an old man, Misha, sitting close to a fire lit on the pavement.
Articles Hope is what we live on
19:07 | January 12, 2005
Passing by the construction site of the new American Embassy compound in Yerevan, we noticed laundry hanging on a line in the desolate territory. We moved toward it, and heard dogs as we approached. A woman emerged from her home (if you can call it a home) and scolded the dogs.
Articles Street people
18:57 | January 12, 2005
"You know, many of us are complete scoundrels-we've committed a lot of sins. As for me, I'm destroyed and I have no way back. But there are people among us who can get out of this situation if you help them.
18:38 | January 12, 2005
A woman completely covered in soot was dragging two huge bags toward a half-built structure. We approached her. Cursing somebody, she kept dragging her bags full of plastic bottles, bits of paper, scraps of food.
Articles The soldier is dead
Articles Instead of an Epilogue, an Obituary
16:50 | January 12, 2005
58-year-old Gagik Shahnazaryan has been living with his wife, 54-year-old Gayane Nersisyan, in an abandoned garage on the grounds of his old workplace for a month now. "I asked the owner to let us stay here for a while. He is a conscientious man, and allowed us to stay. Otherwise, we would freeze to death in the streets," Gagik said.
13:34 | December 22, 2004
In August, 2003, Arayik Harutunyan, the legal representative of US citizen George Najarian advised that Grigor Igityan's case be tried under Article 178.3 of the Criminal Code. That article defines fraud, i.e., misappropriation of, or obtaining a right over, a substantial part of another party's property through deception or abuse of trust. Point 3 of Article 178 provides for fraud in "exceptionally excessive volumes, punishable from four to eight years of imprisonment, with or without confiscation of property."
16:21 | December 15, 2004
The Poghosyan brothers, Edgar and Vazgen, decided to start a small business. They wanted to open an auto repair shop, and applied to the Yerevan mayor's office to lease a plot of land.
14:49 | December 15, 2004
Following a third hearing on December 9, 2004 , the Court of First Instance of the Kentron and Nork- Marash Communities of Yerevan partly allowed the appeal by George Najarian against the Prosecutor General's Office.
Articles All doors are open to Tsarukyan
15:11 | November 24, 2004
We have also found out that although these buildings were legalized and Tsarukyan was given ownership documents for 1.4 hectares of land, his territory, in fact, is twice as big as the land plot legalized by the decision of the Tsaghkadzor Mayor's Office.
Articles Illegal villas in Tsaghkadzor
14:42 | November 17, 2004
Members of Parliament Gagik Tsarukyan and Levon Sargisyan, Head of the State Customs Department Armen Avetisyan, and Deputy Head of the State Police Department Armen Yeritsyan have all built houses in the recreation areas and forest reserves of Tsaghkadzor, as Hetq has reported.
Articles After the Prayer
16:48 | November 10, 2004
Only our lieutenant knew that the enemy was at prayer when the order was given for us to attack. That was the plan. That was the idea. Most of us, however, didn't know and were therefore surprised to see them kneeling.
14:11 | November 3, 2004
February 1994. The Horadiz region of Azerbaijan . An Armenian military formation was counter- attacking the enemy and moving forward under the command of Samvel Karapetyan. Film director Karen Gevorgyan and cameraman Gagik Harutiunyan were with one of the units, documenting military operations.
18:39 | October 27, 2004
Today there are forty-five families-one hundred and sixty people-living in the ramshackle building. Until recently it was considered ownerless; a month ago the building was transferred by a government decision to the Shengavit district administration.
18:01 | October 20, 2004
At 12:50 p.m. I was standing near the archway of a building on the alley by 6 Moscovyan Street, where last April 22 nd , three thugs had lain in wait for Ashot Manucharyan. It was at the this time that the three men assaulted the prominent political figure-in broad daylight, at the intersection of Tumanyan and Moscovyan Streets-in the center of Yerevan.
Articles "We are people too"
Articles Shame on Sandoyan
00:29 | October 13, 2004
"Shame on the builder of this garage!" reads the graffiti on the wall of the now half-destroyed garage in the backyard of 2 Mashtots Avenue. The owner of the garage is former Minister of Economy and Finance Edward Sandoyan.
Articles Formula of Corruption
19:08 | September 29, 2004
Decisions by the mayor of Yerevan are open documents which must be made accessible to all citizens of Armenia , including journalists. But when a journalist sends a letter to the mayor requesting permission to look at these open documents, the mayor refuses to grant it.
19:00 | September 22, 2004
In Aigedzor, down the street from the former building of Yerevan State University's Department of Economics, right on the edge the gorge, there are thick-trunked mulberry trees lying on the ground, chopped into pieces. There are only trucks and cars at this construction site, not a living soul. I asked a woman from a neighboring building, "Do you know who this land belongs to?"
Articles I don't know Ashot Manucharyan
18:51 | September 22, 2004
On September 17, 2004 Vrezh Osipyan, who had been identified by Ashot Manucharyan as one of his attackers, and whose picture had been published by Hetq Online and the newspaper Aravot, visited Aravot's editorial office. Osipyan said that he had been in Moscow and two days ago had received a call saying his that his picture was in the papers. He took the first available flight home.
Articles Condemned by fate
18:48 | September 22, 2004
17-year-old Nver goes begging in his wheelchair. Hasmik Melikyan found Nver in the public bathroom near the GUM department store in her neighborhood in 1987. "My husband was lying on the couch, he asked 'What's that?' I said, 'A baby'. He asked 'From where?' I said, 'From the bathroom.' He was in a bag, I heard him crying. I took him out of the bag and brought him home."
17:46 | September 15, 2004
On April 22, 2004 at about 1:00 in the afternoon, Ashot Manucharyan, a prominent political figure, was the victim of a murderous assault on Tumanyan Street in the center of Yerevan .
17:36 | September 15, 2004
September 4, 2004 saw the grand opening of CS Media City, the compound where the television companies Armenia TV (director - Gagik Mkrtchyan), ArmNews TV (director - Eduard Saribekyan), and TV-5 (director - Nune Yesayan), the Media TV Advertising Company (director - Hovhannes Tovmasyan), the CD Records Center, the FM-10 Radio Station (director - Grigor Nazaryan) and the CS Publishing House (director - Vardan Aloyan) are located.
18:04 | September 8, 2004
As we reported on August 28 th , a number of media outlets organized a joint protest in which ninety journalists went to Tsakhkadzor in nineteen cars. They drove around the town taking pictures of the forests that have been cut down and the houses of various government officials and businessmen that have gone up.
16:43 | September 1, 2004
On August 24, 2003 , Armenian journalists were physically attacked once again. This time, in Tsakhkadzor, Gagik Stepanyan, a bodyguard of parliament member Levon Sargisyan, beat photojournalist Mkhitar Khachatryan of the news agency PhotoLur and reporter Anna Israelyan from the newspaper Aravot.
15:33 | August 25, 2004
In a recent development, the head of the Department of Medical and Technological Supply of the Ministry of Health, Artashes Bisharyan, who was in charge of the distribution of medicine sent to Armenia through humanitarian channels, handed in his resignation.
15:29 | August 18, 2004
"A tree saved my life. It was a thick tree - I hid behind it and all the shell fragments went into the tree. The tree was torn up and I managed to escape. It was a strong tree, it was a strong mahogany; it was torn up, but it saved my life," Vahe says. Since then he has worshipped trees. He suffered a head injury during the war and has been disabled ever since.
Articles How does the mayor get away with it?
16:15 | August 11, 2004
"In December 2003 Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharyan signed 150 decisions regarding allocations of land," we were told by a mid-level official in the Mayor's Office, who asked that we not publish his name. Why did the mayor sign so many decisions at the end of the year?
13:20 | August 4, 2004
Hetq Online received a number of letters in response to our articles on the Armenian College of Calcutta. The authors are concerned about the current situation there, but stress that everything should be done in a way that would rule out the possibility of closing the educational center, which has been in operation since 1821. They are particularly concerned about the violence against the children, and the state of their physical and psychological health.
23:59 | July 28, 2004
Majoritarian by-elections to the National Assembly are to be held in Constituency No. 44 (Yeghvard) on August 29, 2004. As of July 26, the election campaign had officially begun. Becoming a member of parliament is a business in Armenia; thus, an Armenian-style business competition has been launched.
Articles "Sister Hanna prays for us"
23:58 | July 28, 2004
"I've always thought about opening an old people's home here in Berd. There was an old woman from Berd in the Chorrord Village of Yerevan who died of homesickness. I don't want to move these old folks to Yerevan. But I can't do anything. If I were some ten years younger, I would," Sister Hanna says, laughing.
23:16 | July 28, 2004
Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharyan has twice announced to journalists that no parkland has been signed away during his tenure. Apparently, the mayor doesn't care about getting caught in a lie-we have written about decisions that he made regarding land allocations in Yerevan's green areas. Now we present you with another such decision.
23:45 | July 20, 2004
The destruction of green areas in the center of Yerevan continues. Forty-year-old trees are being cut down; lawns are being dug up. Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharyan has twice announced to journalists that no parkland has been signed away during his tenure.
23:32 | July 20, 2004
The Republican Center for Humanitarian Assistance of the Ministry of Health is in charge of the humanitarian assistance sent to the Ministry of Health by the United Armenian Fund (USA) and other donor organizations - it stores, itemizes and distributes the assistance. In 2001-2002, one billion drams worth of humanitarian drugs sent to Armenia expired.
18:37 | July 6, 2004
The charitably run Armenian College in Calcutta, India was established in 1821, through a bequest from the will of Astvatsatur Muradkhanyan, a wealthy Armenian from Jugha. Later, the Davidyan School for Girls and the Galutsyan School merged with the college.
15:40 | June 29, 2004
"We were playing Rugby in the seminary yard and the ball hit me in the left ear. I felt a stab of pain, and fell into the mud; then the boys sat me down on the stairs. Then one day when we were playing, my friend Harutik whispered something in my left ear, I couldn't hear it, I couldn't hear it at all.
14:06 | June 14, 2004
There are ten families living in the hotel in the town of Berd in the Tavush Marz, five of them refugee families from various regions of Azerbaijan. There is a rumor going around Berd that the hotel has been privatized, which has spread panic among its residents. The fate of these ten families is uncertain.
12:38 | June 3, 2004
In a decision made on December 26, 2003, Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharyan parceled off an additional 2,050 square meters of land in the Hrazdan gorge for 25 years, adding to the 2,050 square meter plot already controlled by Akumb Complex, Ltd.
Articles Amicable agreement reached
23:37 | May 19, 2004
Last November, Hetq reported that the Yerevan Mayor's Office had approved the results of the auction held on September 26, 2001 , and given 88-year-old Araksya Hairapetyan's garden to parliament member Harutiun Pambukyan.
19:22 | April 28, 2004
In 1988, the square next to the Opera House was renamed Freedom Square . Freedom, because that's where the Armenian National Movement was initiated, which three years later declared the independence of Armenia .
19:18 | April 27, 2004
"At one o'clock in the morning I went to the police department with a blanket - I wanted to give it to my son, to keep warm. They wouldn't let me in, so I stood outside by the wall, listening to my son screaming, and I couldn't do anything. Then some officers came out and sent me away," recalls 73-year-old Emma Grigoryan, a resident of the village of Shahumian in Artashat, with tears in her eyes.
13:47 | April 18, 2004
Shown in the picture is the deputy chief of the Armenian Police, General Hovhannes Varyan. So far no charges have been brought against him by Armenian law enforcement agencies, and President Robert Kocharyan has not dismissed him from office, despite his active role in the recent violence.
16:58 | March 31, 2004
Out of the entire amount of medicine that entered Armenia as humanitarian assistance in 2001-2002, one- billion-drams-worth expired before it could be used. Between August 2001 and November 2002, the Department of Medical and Technological Supply of the Ministry of Health headed by Artashes Bisharyan was in charge of the distribution of medicine sent to Armenia through humanitarian channels.
16:42 | March 22, 2004
On March 16, 2004 , Bagrat Yesayan, an advisor to the president of Armenia , organized a round-table discussion on the subject of corruption in the pharmaceutical market, with health ministry officials, NGO representatives, and journalists participating.
15:38 | March 6, 2004
"I'm upset with everybody. Why should we have to live like this? We're already in the garbage dump, there's nowhere left to go. This is the end of the world," says fifteen-year-old Hamest.
Articles Life in the garbage dump
11:46 | February 29, 2004
"They said to my husband, 'You've got to take the blame, we've got your wife.' It was Armen Harutiunyan, a detective from the Mashtots district police. When my husband found out I was in the hands of the police, he took the blame on himself so I could go home to our daughter," Lusine Giulshadyan, 23, recalls tearfully.
Investigation Humanitarian medicine was intentionally left to expire
Articles A hidden ecological disaster
22:29 | February 23, 2004
"The toxic-waste dump containing 500 metric tons of insecticide, located east of the Vardashen-Verin Jrashen neighborhood in the district of Erebuni, is on the verge of collapse," says geologist R. Yadoyan.
22:16 | February 20, 2004
Haig Der Manuelian is a partner in the real estate department of Holland & Knight LLC. A well-known lawyer and founding member of the Armenian Assembly, he is very active in Boston promoting Armenian issues. Our conversation took place in the building of the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) in Watertown, the heart of Boston's Armenian community.
14:31 | February 20, 2004
Ambassador Abbott-Watt joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1974, and has served in Tajikistan, Serbia, Ukraine, Germany, and elsewhere. She gave this interview in January, on the occasion of her one- year anniversary in Armenia.
14:53 | December 27, 2003
"My life is ruined. There's nothing I can do to change it. I'm lost, and I don't know how long I can live like this," says 38-year-old Mary Hovhannissian (the victims' names have been changed).
12:26 | December 20, 2003
"Every time I had a client I wondered how Armenuhi could get away with it. How could she sell me like this and I couldn't do anything? I took the only chance I had and I escaped from that hell," recalls Narine Karapetyan, who had been tricked into going to the United Arab Emirates for prostitution.
14:47 | December 18, 2003
"I've come to tell you that I'm going to kill someone," announced Artik resident Suren Sahakyan, the director of Aghats, Ltd., when he visited me on December 3, 2003 . I advised him to go to law enforcement instead, and he said he would inform the National Security Service. What had driven engineer Suren Sahakyan to this state? To make a long story short, the bureaucratic red tape that he has been enduring for five years now.
Articles Trafficking in Armenian women
14:40 | December 17, 2003
"My friend Armenuhi deceived me. She promised me a well-paid job in the United Arab Emirates. So I went. Once I got there she took my passport and forced me into prostitution to make money for her," recalls Narine Karapetyan (the victims' names have been changed).
Investigation Three decisions for Armen Khachatryan
14:30 | December 10, 2003
Our efforts to find an ordinary citizen who was given land in Yerevan by the Mayor's Office have been in vain. Thus, we are prepared to offer a reward to any such citizen who comes forward, or anyone who provides leading information.
Articles The boys call me at night
13:50 | November 24, 2003
“Mkrtich Arakelyan came and threatened us, demanding that we sign papers relinquishing our rights to the land. We told him that we wouldn’t give our garden to anybody. He said once more that he would take the matter into his own hands and we would be paid afterwards.
Investigation We know who the owners are - 7
13:44 | November 19, 2003
This stone structure being built in the Circle Park is completely illegal. The Mayors Office has issued a general prohibition against building stone structures in public parks. According to the design approved by the city’s architecture department, a 40 square-meter café made of light construction materials was supposed to be built here.
Investigation We know who the owners are - 8
13:14 | November 11, 2003
Last August we asked the minister of ecology, Vardan Aivazyan, about the destruction of the green areas of Yerevan, and he said, “Unfortunately, those areas don’t lie within our jurisdiction.”
12:57 | November 6, 2003
Freelance journalist Vahagn Ghukasyan left Armenia and arrived three months ago in Germany, where he has requested political asylum. His case is now being considered by the German court. As the journalist wrote me recently, “In my petition I described the persecutions, illegalities and intimidations committed against me by the law enforcement agencies of Armenia and presented irrefutable facts and documents to this effect.”
Articles No one can stop the general
13:13 | October 10, 2003
The Max Group-Armenian businessmen from the United States and Lebanon-does business in the territories liberated by Nagorno Karabakh. In Soviet times, an excellent irrigation network was built in the area, supplying every village with water for their crops.
Investigation We know who the owners are - 5
13:08 | October 10, 2003
When people make plans to meet at the Meghedi (Melody) Café, they often refer to it as the Dashnaks’ café. In 1997 former Yerevan Mayor Vano Siradeghyan gave the 20-square-meter plot where the café now stands to a member of the Dashnaktsutiun Party, Mikayel Manukyan, to build a pavilion. We have been unable to find out who persuaded Siradeghyan to do so.
Investigation We know who the owners are - 4
13:06 | October 9, 2003
Many people remember the public toilet near the Opera House. When the Soviet Union fell apart, this restroom did, too. It was out of order for years, and became a gathering place for homeless people. On August 14, 2002, Yerevan Mayor Albert Bazeyan (decision # 1006) granted the public toilet and an adjacent 650-square-meter plot of land in the park near the Opera House to Atlas, Ltd. to “reconstruct the toilet (italics mine), and build an outdoor café and recreation zone”.
Investigation We know who the owners are - 3
Articles Karabakh exports fruit
Investigation We know who the owners are - 2
14:16 | September 27, 2003
None of the cafes in the center of Yerevan have been built by outsiders. The names of the owners may not reveal it, but there are influential senior officials behind them all the same. We continue our introductions of those who have occupied the public park surrounding the Opera House.
Articles We know who the owners are
17:08 | September 25, 2003
Thus, Khachatryan got his 20 square meter site and he expanded it. The structure now obstructs the view the Opera House fromSayat Nova Street. It may still be possible to halt construction. A few months ago, we asked Narek Sarkissyan,Yerevan’s chief architect, if any of the new structures around the Opera House preserved the design that the city’s architecture department had approved. He said they did not.
Articles Walnut trees cut down in Karabakh
15:56 | September 25, 2003
Max Woods’ representatives in Karabakh are Mher Bagratyan and Enrique Viver Camin from Spain. Three years ago Viver Camin established a wood-drying operation in the village of Koghb in Armenia’s Tavush Marz, which caused serious damage to the region.
Articles ACP owner invests in Karabakh
16:39 | September 17, 2003
“The task of the governments of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh should be to rouse the interest of foreign investors,” said Armenia’s prime minister, Andranik Margaryan, at the September 2 celebration of the twelfth anniversary of Nagorno Karabakh’s independence in Stepanakert.
15:24 | September 14, 2003
“When he got here he was in very bad shape, he was having attacks of pain, he kept saying, ‘Oh, Mom, I’m dying.’ Different parts of his body were hurting, we took him to the hospital three times. Once he said, ‘Mom, I’d be better off dead, I don’t want to live.’ I said, ‘John, maybe you’ve done something wrong, tell me.”
16:03 | September 12, 2003
At the morgue, his relatives noticed while moving the body that the back of his skull was fractured and protruding through the skin and his clothes were covered in blood. Naturally, they didn’t believe that Shakaryan had died of a heart attack.
17:06 | September 8, 2003
The biggest castle in Nagorno Karabakh belongs to Prosecutor General Mavrik Ghukasyan. Of course, no one doubts that it was built with the fruits of honest labor. Ghukasyan had been saving his salary throughout his working life, and this year, his childhood dream of living in a palace fit for a king has come true.
Articles 10,000 hectares in danger
16:28 | August 25, 2003
ThevillageofJilizais right on the Georgian border. It is the only Armenian settlement in the area. The only way to reach the village is a bad 28-kilometer stretch of road through the forests between Alaverdi and Jiliza that takes two hours or more by car.
Articles $33 dollars for ten children
16:18 | August 21, 2003
“I have committed a sin, I can’t support any of them, it gets harder every day. We can’t buy bread. I have committed a terrible sin against my children,” says Anahit Sargisyan, mother of ten. Anahit and Robert live in thevillageofJilizadeep in the forests at the foot ofMountLalvar.
14:39 | August 15, 2003
It is very difficult to separate person and profession. I have been doing this for more than thirty-five years, so I never look at it from a personal point of view. It is a mistake that anyone in my position can make to become emotionally involved in the subject matter, the area, the country in which he is working.
15:27 | July 19, 2003
“This is the first court case inArmeniain which a verdict that was not subject to appeal and came into force from the moment it was issued has been overruled. I think that all the circumstances on which the Court of Appeals based its verdict will be grounds for the Court of Economic Disputes. And I hope that the Central Bank’s appeal will be rejected and the illegalities committed against Credit-Service bank will be undone,” Zalinyan said.
Articles A+1 is denied a frequency once again
14:04 | July 19, 2003
Commenting on the results of the tender, Armen Rustamyan, leader of the governing body of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF Dashnaktsutiun) and chairman of the standing committee for foreign affairs of the National Assembly, said, “It was clearly exhibited that that the A1+ Company was better prepared for the tender and was more necessary to the public then some other companies who won the tender.”
Articles How much did Gagik Stepanyan take?
15:31 | July 5, 2003
On June 13, 2002 Gagik Stepanyan, former head of the Kentron branch of Ardshinbank, died in a Moscow hospital. He had been wanted by law enforcement since February 2002. According to an official announcement, Stepanyan died of cancer.
Articles Killings in the streets of Yerevan
14:29 | July 5, 2003
The recent murders taking place in broad daylight in the Armenian capital have shocked the public. “I am afraid for my grandson, a student. I worry all the time that he might accidentally get caught in such a place. I don’t know what is going on, but it is clear that the streets ofYerevanstreets have become dangerous,” said Rima Chobanyan, a 61-year-old pensioner.
12:56 | June 26, 2003
Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 23, 2003 the residents of Noradus blocked the Gavar-Yerevan highway. They are angry about the fact that criminal groups are in control in their village, keeping the locals in a state of constant fear. The situation in Noradus shows once again that the law-enforcement system in Armenia is completely corrupt, serving criminal groups, rather than the law.
Articles Where is Ardshinbank's money?
19:18 | June 21, 2003
On February 28, 2002 an announcement was made in the press that the Central Bank had appointed temporary administrations at Ardshinbank and Adana Bank, and decided to merge the two banks.
Interviews Ten years ago, Monte Melkonyan was killed
19:13 | June 16, 2003
It was ten years ago - on June 12, 1993. 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.
12:58 | June 9, 2003
On June 6, 2003 the Chamber of Civil and Economic Cases of the Court of Appeals overruled the March 27, 2003 verdict of the Court of Economic Disputes declaring Credit-Service Bank bankrupt. The court sent the case back to the Court of Economic Disputes.
Articles President Kocharyan’s defeat
19:25 | June 5, 2003
Running the power structures for ten years, he got a grip on a number of levers. Various sectors of the economy came under his control. His was always decisive in appointing heads of power structures and other key officials.
Articles Children die in the hospital
19:28 | June 4, 2003
“In May, 2001 the deaths of nine children under one year of age were registered in the Ashotsk region of the Shirak province. I informed the local law enforcement and national security agencies of Ashotsk, and then the president, the prime minister, and the office of the prosecutor general. None of my appeals got any response,” Nina Vardanyan, chief physician at the Ashotsk Regional Center for Sanitation and Disease Control, told us. She has worked as a state sanitary inspector for 35 years.
15:45 | May 28, 2003
1,234,546 people voted in the parliamentary elections and the referendum on constitutional amendments held on May 25, 2203. The race took place in 75 proportional and 56 majoritarian precincts.
Articles Minister number one spoils the game
16:02 | May 23, 2003
President Robert Kocharyan is waiting. He’s waiting for the results of the parliamentary elections, and the new headaches they are going to create for him. Things are getting out of hand. There is nothing to unite the political forces who supported the president anymore.
Articles Ankiun+3 is back on the air
15:40 | May 21, 2003
On May 21, 2003 David Melkumyan, an employee of the Telecommunication Center of Armenia CJSC, came to Alaverdi and turned the transmitter of the Ankiun+3 TV Station, which he himself had disconnected the day before, back on. When Sos Siradeghyan, the director of the TV station, asked what was going on, Melkumyan responded, “I do as I am told.” According to reliable information, Melkumyan had received his instructions from Governor Henrik Kochinyan.
Articles No dignity in Masis
16:16 | May 19, 2003
“I was a teacher for 40 years. Two days ago a former student of mine came to my house and offered me 15,000 Drams (about $25) to vote for some businessman. I am ashamed that I had such a student. No one has any dignity in this town anymore,” says 65-year-old pensioner M.S.
16:24 | May 17, 2003
We are here by the invitation of the Armenian Government to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections. That means, not only the Election Day, but the process leading up to Election Day, beginning with the campaign season, the registration of candidates, all through the vote and the appeals. It is essentially the same thing we did during the presidential elections and what we have done for every election held here since 1996.
17:13 | May 6, 2003
Late in the evening of March 5, 2003 the Haylur news program announced that the murder of Tigran Naghdalyan had been solved. Among the images in the broadcast was a TT-model pistol with following letters and numbers on it: TT 265 50g. According to the statement distributed by the Prosecutor General’s Office, this was the pistol used to kill Naghdalyan.
Articles I am the Central Bank!
Articles An epidemic in the village of Fantan
14:00 | April 28, 2003
Four residents of the village of Fantan are in the nearby Charentsavan hospital in serious condition, and another 130 villagers have been infected with a so far undiagnosed illness.
13:27 | April 26, 2003
As you already know, Artashes Davtyan, the former head of the supervision department of the Central Bank has been taken into custody. Before that, from 1995 to 2001, he worked in three different banks, and all three - HaySnund Bank, United Bank and Credit Service Bank -- went bust. It looks like Davtyan was acting on somebody’s orders.
14:14 | April 25, 2003
The Investigative Journalists NGO requested information from the Lincy Foundation’s Armenian office and its Project Implementation Offices (PIOs) back in August 2001, but they have not responded yet. Of course, we could have tried to obtain the information in question through the courts, but we didn’t do so in the hope that someone from the foundation would react to what we wrote.
Articles Kocharyan's election aftermath
14:34 | April 1, 2003
The Constitutional Court and its Chairman, Gagik Harutiunyan, remain at the center of attention in Armenia. On March 24, The Constitutional Court of Armenia dismissed a suit filed by ex-presidential contender (and leader of the National Unity Party) Artashes Gegamyan questioning the outcome of the first round of presidential election, which took place on February 19, 2003. This dismissal, however, has not diminished society’s interest in Harutunyan’s potential role.
Articles Felix Yayloyan's wrongdoings
15:24 | March 28, 2003
We reported in February that because of an unlawful decision issued by Felix Yayloyan, former mayor of the Arabkir district of Yerevan, sixteen-year-old Badal Harutiunyan is out on the street. (see Hetq-online, February 6, 2003, The district mayor put a minor out on the street).
Articles Prisoner of Conscience
18:54 | March 19, 2003
“I think they’ll arrest me soon. I have founded a Helsinki group for the protection of human rights with my friends. Helsinki-type groups are against the law in the USSR, and the members of these groups are in prison camps. When I founded this group I had two goals - to take the first step on the path toward freedom in my country - I achieved this goal.
Articles On the trail of Aravot's retraction
Articles Who gave the order to shoot?
15:18 | March 10, 2003
Late in the evening of March 5th, when the public was awaiting the results of the second round of the presidential election, Public TV announced that law enforcement had discovered the person responsible for the December 28, 2002 assassination of journalist Tigran Naghdalyan, Chairman of the Board of Public Television and Radio.
Articles When victory equals defeat
18:52 | March 8, 2003
On March 6, 2003, the preliminary results of the presidential election were announced. Robert Kocharyan got 67.5 % of the vote, Stepan Demirchyan 32.5 %. Kocharyan is still president of Armenia -- no change of power occurred. Kocharyan is the president of officialdom -- the entire state machinery spared no effort and did all it could to bring to an end the story that evolved around the election.
18:43 | March 6, 2003
Construction companies have recently been privatized in Karabakh. These are wealthy, technically well- equipped businesses. The identities of their new owners have thus far been kept secret from the public. We have been informed that Yuri Ghazaryan, the deputy prime minister of Nagorno Karabakh, owns shares in all of these companies, including, we have been able to confirm, the republic’s two most important construction firms. Of course Ghazaryan’s name may not appear on any documents. In Karabakh, just like in Armenia, people often buy property in someone else’s name. The deputy prime minister recently acquired the biggest store in Martuni, the Univermag. We’ve been informed that he owns the Yerevan-Stepanakert mini-bus routes as well.
Articles In this election, the media lost
14:50 | February 4, 2003
As a result of an unlawful decision by Felix Yayloyan, former mayor of the Arabkir district of Yerevan, sixteen-year-old Badal Harutiunyan is out on the street. We wasted months trying to get Yayloyan to explain why. Instead, Yayloyan smiled from the campaign posters for his reelection that were plastered all over Arabkir a few months ago. On pre-election TV programs, he talked about his benevolent activity and made various promises.
16:32 | January 23, 2003
Russian Lawyer Oleg Yunoshev made sensational statements at a press conference he called on January 14th. Yunoshev represents in court the interests of the family of former Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkissyan, who was killed in the parliament shootings of October 27, 1999. He is convinced that Tigran Naghdalyan's murder is directly linked to the October 27th case.
Articles Who gives the order to shoot? - 2
16:25 | January 16, 2003
In a statement issued on January 9, 2003, the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Armenia offered a $250,000 reward to any person who can help the investigation to discover who murdered Tigran Naghdalyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Armenian Public Television and Radio.
Articles Who gives the order to shoot?
Investigation Italian Adventures 3 - 4
09:40 | November 4, 2002
Telman Hovhannessian visited Aravot's editorial office with a letter and some documents refuting the facts in our articles. We are not publishing his refutation because all facts printed in our article were correct, except for one, for which we apologize to Hasmik Hovhannessian. She was not born in the village of Teghenik in the Kotaik Marz, where she owns a private house, but in Leninakan (Gyumri).
Investigation Melik's Routes-1
14:59 | September 5, 2002
The winner of the December 20-21, 2001 tender held by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication for the Lori marz (region) inter-marz mini-bus route is known as Melik Gasparian and Friends, Inc.
Articles The "murder victim" left Armenia
14:24 | August 19, 2002
On July 26, 2002 the Court of Appeal for Criminal and Military Cases (presiding judge A. Poghossian) sentenced Sargis Patatian to 15 years in prison. The court found that on June 23, 2002, at # 12/1 Michurin Street in Yerevan (the home of Norair Ghazarian, the second man accused in the case) Sargis Patatian had argued with his partner Mushegh Minasian-Birg, blaming him for substantial losses resulting from the purchase and sale of paintings.