00:12 | October 2, 2018
There are fourteen candidates vying for the post to replace Karen Grigoryan, son of retired army general and MP Manvel Grigoryan, who served as Etchmiadzin mayor for ten years before resigning in June of this year in the face of mounting pressure.
14:40 | September 23, 2018
Hayk Marutyan, who heads the Im Kayl (My Step) Alliance ticket in today’s Yerevan Municipal Council election, told reporters, after casting his ballot, that if elected Yerevan mayor he’d first tackle the garbage problem in the Armenian capital.
18:22 | September 20, 2018
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) today found in favor of Yerevan resident Mushegh Saghatelyan in a suit he brought against the government of Armenia that dates to the post-presidential protests of March 2008.
23:00 | September 14, 2018
Hetq takes a look at the assets declared by the candidates topping their respective party/alliance ballot. Elections to the 65-seat city council are on a party-list proportional representation system, with the first candidate from the winning party becoming mayor.
10:44 | August 8, 2018
The building is in poor condition and lacks many necessities. There’s no gym or science labs. The “auditorium” is just a relatively spacious room where chairs are added for people to sit during plays and other events. One can peer into the classrooms through the holes on the walls.
18:50 | July 23, 2018
Nation-wide, 30% of Armenia’s communities, totaling 139,764 residents, aren’t supplied with natural gas. All but two of the 300 that lack gas are rural communities. (Source-National Statistical Service)
16:57 | July 19, 2018
While Pargev Saghatelyan, the mayor of the community of Talarik in Armenia’s Armavir Province, says he’s resigning after nineteen years because of worsening health, it appears that the real reason is because he’s being investigated.
16:05 | July 4, 2018
In 2016-2018, all road construction work in Etchmiadzin was done by one company only - Kouarlin LLC - which is wholly owned by Manvel Grigorgyan. (Manvel’s son Karen served as Etchmiadzin mayor for ten years before resigning last month in the face of mounting public pressure)
15:48 | July 3, 2018
Saghatelyan, who served as an adviser to the Minister of Nature Protection from 2016 till his appointment as governor, also declared three automobiles (two Jeep Grand Cherokees and one Range Rover) and eight properties (two apartments and eight parcels of land).
20:48 | June 22, 2018
She says that on February 12, 2014, Poghosyan, then Chief of the Kentron Department of the Yerevan Police, slapped her face while she was being detained for covering an Armenian National Congress (HAK) publicity event for the opposition newspaper Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.
10:05 | June 1, 2018
On May 25, Masis Mayor Davit Hambardzumyan signed an 850,000-dram contract with Vardan Ghukasyan, the father of his assistant, to provide balloons, toys and ribbons for a June 1 celebration marking International Children’s Day in the town’s park.
10:43 | May 26, 2018
Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a €2.120 million contract with Agence Publics, an ESL&Network company, on April 14 to provide advice regarding the design and implementation of events surrounding 2018 La Francophonie Summit, to be held in Armenia this October, and organizing a concert to mark the 2,800th anniversary of Yerevan.
15:24 | May 18, 2018
Metzamor Medical Center Director Mikayel Vanyan told Hetq that people started arriving yesterday evening at six with various complaints. By 8:30pm, 58 patients with food poisoning had been admitted.
16:02 | May 17, 2018
Etchmiadzin Water Users Association (WUA) Director Vladik Hovsepyan resigned on May 15 after employees protested outside the WUA for two days straight, demanding their back wages.
12:14 | May 10, 2018
Nearly 50 employees of Etchmiadzin Water Users Association gathered in front of Etchmiadzin precinct today to demand their wages. Employees claimed that they hadn’t been paid for months, some of them - even for two years.
19:30 | May 8, 2018
While the spokesperson for the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has declared that it will become the “official opposition” to any government formed by newly-elected Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, some RPA mayors in Armavir Province have balked at the idea, and a few have resigned from the party.
19:51 | May 3, 2018
“Sadly, there are still misconceptions and stereotypes regarding about the role that reporters play that make their work more difficult and not as productive as possible. Thus, it’s vital to uproot those public perceptions, with the presumption always being in favor of the reporter’s legal and respectful work,” Tatoyan says.
09:33 | May 2, 2018
Teachers and students walked out of classes today in Etchmiadzin to protest yesterday’s National Assembly vote to reject Nikol Pashinyan’s bid to become the country’s next prime minister
01:13 | April 24, 2018
A large crowd of people had gathered outside the Etchmiadzin Hospital after spotting a number of parked cars belonging to Manvel Grigoryan, a former Armenian Army general and currently a Republican Party of Armenia MP.
20:04 | April 18, 2018
After debating via the internet whether marching through the street of their hometown was prudent, given that former General Manvel Grigoryan (a ruling Republican Party of Armenia MP) runs the area like his private fiefdom, students took to streets to voice their opposition to yesterday’s election of Serzh Sargsyan as Armenia’s new prime minister.
15:29 | April 18, 2018
Rubik Vagharshakyan, one of the villagers, participated in the 1990s Artsakh War. He says that today's authorities are comfortably sitting in their chairs at the expense of people like himself.
11:10 | April 13, 2018
While Tamrazyan declared a mere AMD 7.093 million (US$14,700) in income, all in the form of wages, his cash holdings amounted to a whopping AMD 403.2 million, US$750,000, and €800,000.
19:41 | March 16, 2018
The number of children has dropped so much that a part of the kindergarten building has been allocated by the city authorities to the State Committee of the Real Estate Cadastre.
16:24 | February 20, 2018
The companies are to assess trash removal fees and monitor the payment of such fees for residents living in Yerevan’s Kentron, Arabkir, Nor Nork, Shengavit, Erebouni, Malatia-Sebastia, and Ajapnyak districts.
16:55 | February 15, 2018
Deputy Chairman of the State Water Management Committee Volodya Narimanyan says that there are some 80 reservoirs in Armenia, with a total volume of 1.2 billion cubic meters. Eleven of them are relatively larger. As of February 13, eleven reservoirs are filled only with 229.97 million cubic meters of water - 30% of their total capacity.
17:00 | February 2, 2018
The high school in the community of Parakar, just outside the Yerevan city limits, was in no shape to receive a wave of new students after the government decided to consolidate schools in the area.
09:41 | January 22, 2018
During the discussion of the 2018 draft state budget in the Armenia’s National Assembly, the government has submitted a reference on the maximum number of official cars of state agencies. According to this reference, their number is going to be reduced by 41 in 2018, compared to the previous year, becoming 874 instead of 915.
00:04 | January 15, 2018
Almost half of Armenia’s schools are in need of major renovation, this despite the fact that the government has sunk some AMD 42.450 billion (US$87.871million) in school construction/renovation projects in the past several years.
10:36 | January 9, 2018
The Armavir Administrative Court is set to hear the murder case of Manouk Simonyan, an advisor to the Armavir provincial governor, who was allegedly axed to death by his wife on July 22, 2017 while sleeping in his house.
16:33 | December 27, 2017
Armavir Provincial Governor Ashot Ghahramanyan told Hetq that small private homes will be built near the border with Turkey “so that our compatriots from overseas can sip their morning coffee while gazing up at Mt. Ararat.”
22:04 | December 22, 2017
In the bidding for the contract, Tomeryan faced competition for only two items. Even then, it’s crystal clear that the competition, Vahagn Khachatryan, was more for show than anything else.
19:20 | December 8, 2017
Hakob Hakaobyan, a member of the Armenian National Assembly, has been roundly castigated for saying that inflation in Armenia would not affect the poor because they were in no position to purchase those goods anyway.
16:48 | December 8, 2017
The cost of manning a security checkpoint outside the mayor’s office is 6.4 million drams. Manning three additional checkpoints throughout the building will cost 30.1 million drams.
10:54 | November 28, 2017
Armenia’s Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies Vahan Martirosyan, appointed more than a year ago, wants to build a hotel in Tsaghkadzor, a popular resort town in Kotayk Province.
14:25 | November 20, 2017
Most parents of schoolchildren in Jrarbi, a village in Armenia’s Armavir Province, today gathered in front of the school, protesting conditions inside, and demanding the government pay attention to the issue.
11:57 | October 18, 2017
Davit Sukiasyan, Chief of Staff of Armenia’s Special Investigation Service (SIS), has so much wealth at his disposal that it would suffice to manage several state institutions - pay salaries, maintain the buildings, and so on.
11:02 | October 5, 2017
Shenavan Mayor Artur Mkrtchyan says that a photo appearing in Facebook the other day holding two dead endangered griffon vultures not only dates to 2007, but that he found the large birds on the side of the road.
09:19 | October 2, 2017
Arsen Afrikyan, Chief Warden of Armenia’s Abovyan Penitentiary, known colloquially as the “women’s prison”, has whopping cash assets of $125,000, 15,000 Euros and 45 million AMD ($94,000).
11:07 | September 22, 2017
It’s the first time since the amendment to the Law on Public Services that the employees of penitentiary institutions submit their financial disclosures. We hereby present information about the disclosures of penitentiary institution chiefs’ property and revenues as of July 1, 2017
13:15 | September 18, 2017
Next to a recently constructed building in the Akhouryan community in Armenia’s Shirak Province, stands a rusting container hut (domik) in which Hovhannes Tigranyan, his wife Amalya, and their 3-year-old granddaughter live.
17:19 | September 11, 2017
Even though thousands visit the lake every year, in summer and increasingly now in the winter as well, the 20,000 or so residents of the town have seen little of the tourist money trickle down to them.
16:55 | September 8, 2017
School Principal Argam Tamrazyan says they also want to reach out to benefactors so that they can set- up a small greenhouse in the school yard. This way, he says, the pupils can have fresh vegetables to eat in the winter.
16:53 | August 16, 2017
Children rush out from courtyards large and small to see what’s going on. Within a few minutes the streets are full of noise and commotion, the complete opposite of the silence that previously reigned.
17:23 | August 12, 2017
While the government claimed the study results had been published, offering the following link as proof, nothing appeared on the screen when checked by Hetq. All that appears is – Page Not Found.
13:48 | June 12, 2017
For some time now, employees at the Metzamor Medical Center in Armenia’s Armavir Province have been allocating a part of their wages to pay the electric bills incurred by the hospital.
18:22 | June 7, 2017
In a rambling speech, his first as a member of the Armenian parliament, ARF member Andranik Karapetyan, representing Armavir, went off topic and began to lecture on Armenian identity and values instead of a bill seeking to create a committee to prevent corruption.
14:51 | April 18, 2017
Armenia’s Police signed a 207 million AMD (US$426,000) contract with Hay Post to send out notices to voters before the April 2 parliamentary election informing them of date, time and place.
15:21 | March 30, 2017
He has personally financed the renovation of several provincial and community roads. Movsisyan has work crews out filling potholes in the roads leading to the communities of Aghavnatoun and Doghs.
12:22 | March 1, 2017
By a vote of 62 to 18, Armenia’s National Assembly today ratified a 44 million Euro loan project with the Asian Development Bank that will improve and rehabilitate the M6 Highway between Vanadzor and Bagratashen.
14:08 | February 28, 2017
Armenia’s First Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and IT Artur Arakelyan went before the parliament today to get approval for a 44 million Euro loan agreement, signed on November 9, 2016 with the Asian Development Bank, to rehabilitate and upgrade the M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen highway.
13:23 | February 16, 2017
Armineh Arakelian, a founder of the Human Rights and Democracy Institute NGO, says that shots rang out yesterday as she entered the yard to her house in the Moughni neighborhood of Ashtarak.
18:26 | February 8, 2017
Zurabyan reminded those present that years ago, Poghosyan purchased Chinese cars for the Compulsory Enforcement Service (CES) via a company he owned. And now, Zurabyan pointed out, we have the Panama Papers.
14:17 | February 6, 2017
By a vote of 56 to 39, Armenia’s National Assembly declined to debate a bill introduced by MP Nikol Pashinyan that would have created an ad-hoc committee to look into the sources of income and property disclosed by top government officials and their relatives.
13:42 | February 6, 2017
At today’s first spring parliamentary session, MP Zarouhie Postanjyan proposed that Armenia’s National Assembly invite Garo Paylan, an Armenian MP in the Turkish parliament, so that he could address the parliament.
13:23 | November 19, 2016
Arguing that there is an immediate need to more closely investigate the assets and revenue sources of top officials in Armenia, opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan has called for the creation of an ad-hoc parliamentary committee to do just that.
18:08 | November 1, 2016
Volodya and the older children have been tending to the village animals for the past four years. He says he gets 3,000 AMD monthly ($6.30) for grazing one cow. He’s paid the same for slaughtering one animal. The children also chop wood for neighbors.
13:53 | October 25, 2016
Armenian MP Rustam Gasparyan, representing the 93rd electoral district in Armavir Province, owes 3.165 million AMD ($6,660) in car property tax and penalties, per the Armavir town municipality.
13:46 | October 24, 2016
Harutyunyan, who prior to becoming deputy minister, served as director of BB Group LLC., disclosed 120 million AMD in revenue. His bank assets include 19 million AMD, $45,000, and 20,000 Euros.
15:28 | October 20, 2016
Today, Armenian MP Margarit Yesayan asked Karen Karapetyan, recently appointed the country’s prime minister, what steps his government would take to ensure that proper food safety standards would be enacted and complied with.
13:27 | October 20, 2016
According to the changes adopted, scanning of the signed voter rolls will occur at noon one day after election day. Members of local election committees, candidates, proxies, election monitors and the press will be able to follow the scanning process.
12:50 | October 19, 2016
Armenia’s Prosecutor General has examined 597 reports of fraud – media articles and written complaints filed by NGOs and citizens – alleged to have taken place during the referendum campaign, on election day and afterwards.
10:25 | October 5, 2016
According to the draft expenditure, 260 million AMD ($584,000) of the 2.784 billion AMD ($5.868 million) slotted for the elections will go to the police, to see that the April elections will be “free and fair”.
14:00 | August 11, 2016
The three reporters, Artak Hambardzoumyan, Karlen Aslanyan and Hovhannes Movsisyan, were hindered from covering the arbitrary detention of citizens that were merely sitting in a nearby park.
12:55 | July 30, 2016
Robert Ananyan, a reporter for Armenia’s A1+ news outlet, is being treated at the Yerevan’s St. Gregory the Illuminator for wounds to his legs and hand when police let loose with percussion grenades on crowds demonstrating near the police building seized by an armed group two weeks ago.
16:44 | July 27, 2016
Haytayan said that the Sasna Dzrer armed group, which earlier today had taken four emergency ambulance personnel hostage, had asked to speak directly with the minister, and that he ostensibly went to negotiate for their release.
23:57 | July 14, 2016
Armenia’s Constitution was adopted on July 5, 1995. The first changes were made on November 27, 2005. Other changes were made on December 6, 2015. The right to receive changes made to the Constitution was declared as a constitutional right and one of the fundamental human rights.
13:29 | July 14, 2016
Residents in several communities in Armenia’s Gegharkounik Province say their animals are displaying symptoms of foot-and-mouth disease, a highly contagious ailment almost exclusive to cattle, sheep, swine and other cloven-hoofed animals.
15:18 | July 9, 2016
When this reporter asked Sahakyan, who receives an annual salary of 9.3 million AMD ($19,510), where the money came from, she said she had taken out a loan of 70,000 Swiss francs. (That’s around $71,200 at today’s exchange rate)
11:37 | July 7, 2016
Grisha Sargsyan, former head of the Armavir Provincial Military Police, has sued the newspaper Zhoghovourd for slander when it published a news item on May 24 alleging that he refused to carry out the directives of an Artsakh military base command.
12:34 | July 4, 2016
A long abandoned construction crane, now adorned with tens of stork nests, is a familiar sight for those traveling the road to the border with Turkey in Armenia’s Armavir Province.
23:15 | June 28, 2016
In fact, the village council has decided to pay up to 50% of such costs and it turns out that the major beneficiaries are the children of the Yeraskhoun mayor, and his relatives, and children of council members.
11:30 | June 13, 2016
On May 11 of this year the Scotch Whisky Association took two companies owned by Aleksanyan family members, A&G Ltd. and Aleks Grig Ltd. to court in Yerevan, demanding that the court prohibit the companies from engaging in such deceptive business practices, to pull the whisky in question from store shelves, and to obligate the companies to pay compensation.
11:09 | May 16, 2016
Relatives of a young man, soon to turn twenty, suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF) asked that his name not be mentioned in this article. He’s embarrassed because people look at him differently.
00:08 | April 25, 2016
Waagner-Biro Stage Systems, a division of the multi-national Waagner-Biro, based in Austria, was given the job of refurbishing Yerevan’s Spendiaryan National Opera and Ballet Theater and the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall.
18:06 | April 6, 2016
Justice Minister Hovhannisyan said that Armenia’s Ethics Committee Re: Top Officials has certain powers to deal with such allegations and that it can launch an investigation if deemed appropriate.
13:10 | April 6, 2016
At a session of the Armenian parliament today, MP Khachatour Kokobelyan called on the Armenian government to demand from Russia that it annuls its armaments deal with Azerbaijan.
12:49 | April 4, 2016
Zohrabyan argued that the National Assembly, on behalf of Armenia, a full member of the Council of Europe is obliged to respond to the statements uttered by that “scoundrel” Agramunt.
18:43 | April 2, 2016
Three Artsakh soldiers, wounded in fighting that broke out along the Line of Contact today when Azerbaijan launched a major offensive, have been transferred to the Mouratsan Military Hospital in Yerevan.
10:10 | March 7, 2016
Last year, he spent 90 million AMD ($183,000) to buy ten paintings. That same year, Arsenyan purchased a Mercedes Benz for 95 million AMD and two parcels of land for 33 million AMD.
12:56 | March 2, 2016
In 2015, Aleksanyan, who offers interviews at 500 Euros a pop, only declared 8.8 million AMD in dividends and 1.2 million AMD in property rent as revenue in addition to his yearly salary of 6.2 million AMD as an MP.
11:51 | March 1, 2016
For years, Hovik Abrahamyan, Armenia’s prime minister since 2014, has declared millions of AMD (35-45 depending on the year) in revenue from the sale of ‘agricultural goods’. 40 million AMD roughly translates to US$97,500.
15:36 | February 24, 2016
Armenia’s Police has signed a 19.9 million AMD ($40,000) contract with a company 50% owned by the son-in-law of Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan to clean the department’s patrol cars and escort vehicles.
17:53 | February 22, 2016
MP Naira Zohrabyan, who heads the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) parliamentary faction, took the podium today and said she would abstain from voting for Armenia’s next Human Rights Defender since it was a ‘done deal’ and that the institution itself was weak and basically superfluous.
17:26 | February 22, 2016
Postanjyan also ridiculed the discussions underway, labeling them as having nothing to do with selecting Armenia’s next HRD but merely rubber stamping the Republican Party’s nominee for the post.
13:21 | February 22, 2016
Tatoyan went on to say the office of the HRD must serve as a bridge between various civic organizations and state institutions, noting that various flexible approaches to achieve this are available.
12:45 | February 22, 2016
Armenian Parliament Deputy Speaker Hermineh Naghdalyan and opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan today condemned a recent incident during which MP Mher Setrakyan got into a shouting match with reporters, calling them ‘a flock of sheep’.
15:08 | February 8, 2016
Armenia imported 37.4 tons of tomatoes from Turkey, Iran, Georgia, Holland and Greece in 2015. That same year, 135 tons of cucumbers were imported from Turkey, Iran, Georgia and Greece.
16:35 | February 2, 2016
Armenia’s National Assembly today debated a recent US$113 million loan that Armenia will be receiving from the Asian Development Bank to continue road construction in Yerevan.
10:02 | January 25, 2016
Armenia’s Civil Appeals Court on January 21rejected an appeal filed by Skizb Media Kentron seeking to overturn a decision handed down by the Kentron and Nor Nork Court of Jurisdicton.
13:15 | January 6, 2016
This year, the Yerevan Municipality has allocated 40.5 million AMD ($83,700) for installing and lighting a Christmas tree in Republic Square and for four holiday concerts in the Armenian capital.
10:52 | December 2, 2015
Recently, however, Armenia’s Traffic Police have miraculously discovered that severely tinted car windows lead to traffic accidents and are instructing drivers to conform to a 2005 code specifying the degree to which windows can be darkened. Code violations, the police state, can lead to fines of 50,000 drams.
11:12 | November 28, 2015
Armenia’s police department will pay HayPost 200.6 million drams (US$416,250) to send notices to residents eligible to vote in the December 6 constitutional change referendum.
00:34 | November 20, 2015
According to the draft, next year the government will spend US$180.4 million in loan resources allocated by foreign nations and international organizations. Armenia, as per its obligation will chip in $28.3 million.
12:33 | October 14, 2015
While much of the world is investing in alternative energy, Armenia lags far behind and remains reliant on traditional sources like huge hydro-electric power plants, nuclear, and thermal.
12:05 | October 1, 2015
Take the case of the Healthy Future Medical Center, Ltd. The Armenian government has been pouring lots of cash to the company as part of a program called the Medical Support Services for Tuberculosis.
15:16 | September 24, 2015
Annar Ltd., a company owned by Arshavir Khachatryan, who heads the urban construction department at the Kotayk Government, has won several state building contracts in the province.
17:23 | July 28, 2015
Today, in Yerevan, Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan presided over the first ever meeting of a newly created anti-corruption council, declaring war against the scourge that plagues Armenia.
11:07 | July 24, 2015
On June 25, 2015, the Armenian government approved the expenditure of 98 million AMD (US$204,000) to purchase furniture for the recently created Ministry of International Economic Integration and Reforms.
11:07 | July 18, 2015
Loqyan, son of former Minister of Agriculture Davit Loqyan, was legally obligated to file a disclosure revealing his financial assets 15 days after assuming the post of adviser to the prime minister. He’s also failed to file his 2014 annual disclosure required by February 15, 2015.
10:45 | July 15, 2015
All of the 660 million AMD (US$1.4 million) the Armenian government earmarked to solve the most pressing problems in the province of Shirak went to contractors on a negotiated basis; that’s to say, without any tender bids.
11:52 | May 26, 2015
Tigran Sargsyan, Armenia’s former prime minister and presently its ambassador to the United States, has filed a one million AMD slander suit against businessman Paylak Hayrapetyan.
13:45 | May 21, 2015
Zurabyan added that if Kostanyan doesn’t consult with the president regarding permissible prosecution targets, then why the prosecutor general isn’t fulfilling his obligations as defined in the country’s constitution.
12:08 | May 20, 2015
Take Artashat Plaza for example - the largest supermarket in the town of Artashat. When it opened its doors last October, Argam Abrahamyan was the 100% owner. Just a few days later the stock was transferred to Gohar Voskanyan, who hails from the same village as the prime sinister.
12:27 | April 8, 2015
Armenian legislators first congratulated Armenian National Assembly President Galust Sahakyan and MP Armen Mkhitaryan on the occasion of their birthdays today and then remained standing for a minute of silence to honor the passing, two days ago, of former agricultural minister Davit Zadoyan.
13:40 | March 26, 2015
Hrant Bagratyan, a former Armenian prime minister who now serves as an Armenian National Congress (HAK) MP, criticized the government for not taking action to save the economy from destruction.
18:07 | March 25, 2015
In response to a question posed by a Prosperous Armenia Party MP, Minister of Health Armen Muradyan quoted figures that the number of anemic women of childbearing age had doubled from 12% in 2000 to 24% in 2005.
13:39 | March 23, 2015
While the bill, introduced by Deputy Speaker Edvard Sharmazanov (of Greek extraction) was supported by all parliamentary factions, a debate ensued over the lower case spelling of the two nationalities.
12:34 | March 23, 2015
Naira Zohrabyan, who has assumed leadership of the beleaguered Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) after the ignominious retreat from politics of Gagik Tsarukyan, declared today that party would henceforth regard itself as a member of the opposition.
17:41 | March 18, 2015
On January 29 of this year Arman Babloyan resigned from his post as Armenia's deputy health minister and in less than a week was appointed executive director of the Arabkir Medical Complex- Child and Adolescent Health Institute Ltd.
10:55 | March 16, 2015
By a vote of 9,246 to 810, Ruben Khlghatyan was reelected as mayor of Armavir yesterday. 810 votes were nullified as invalid in the local election in which the number of eligible voters was 28,421.
12:39 | February 16, 2015
On October 2, 2014, in a reversal of its former decision, the Armenian government allocated 754.8 million AMD (US$1.58 million) to upgrade the housing of various government employees.
10:28 | February 11, 2015
It cost Armenian taxpayers US$53,900 to send Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and his entourage to Moscow last week for three days to participate in the first meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.
11:25 | February 4, 2015
“They have a large swimming pool in which to bathe. They drink clean water like we do. They have large tree limbs on which to sharpen their claws. All the facilities equal to nature have been created. You cannot call their enclosures cages. They measure 50 meters long by 15 meters wide,” said Gevorgyan.
11:41 | January 8, 2015
Despite the fact that Armineh Kocharyan, Grigoryan’s wife, never worked in 2013 and declared no financial revenues, she was able to receive three substantial bank loans – US$50,000, US$30,000 and 41 million AMD (US$86,320).
14:08 | December 24, 2014
“Someone in the town dies, so we send a flower arrangement. The cognac and fruit are for other events like weddings. Then there are all the holidays. A bottle has to be uncorked at each,” was how Vazgen Azaryan, who heads the Kajaran Municipality’s Division of Finances, explained it all to Hetq.
13:01 | November 10, 2014
At today’s parliament session, ARF MP Artzvik Minasyan announced that it had been decided to create a subcommittee to look into the possible reopening of the plant and that it would take up to a year for them to draft a plan of action.
16:14 | October 27, 2014
Artashat Plaza Ltd is building a large shopping center in the middle of the town of Artashat. Mayor Gagik Mouradyan told Hetq that two parcels of land located at August 23 Street (1,200 square meters and 977 square meters) were sold at auction to the company. The first was purchased in 2010 for 5.972 million AMD, and the second in 2012 for 4.866 AMD. Construction permits for both were issued in 2012.
11:28 | October 11, 2014
The Armenian police signed a 300 million AMD (US$727,503) contract with Toyota Yerevan to service the 319 Toyota Corollas, 12 Toyota Prados, 8 Toyota Yaris’s, and 2 Toyota Haice vans that it purchased from the auto company between 2007 and 2010.
16:20 | September 8, 2014
Observing the behavior of many of the deputies at today’s opening of the Armenian Parliament after the long summer vacation, it seemed like the legislators had missed one another.
13:45 | July 28, 2014
The two main problems of the town of Burastan in Ararat Province, according to the mayor, are the lack of a school and a kindergarten. However, these issues not yet resolved, the mayor, AshotTarverdyan, has decided to promote the development of culture and sports. Tarverdyan already spoke with a few athletes to hold classes on Olympic sports in their town.
14:33 | June 26, 2014
Servicing the regional administration websites is a company called Helix Consulting LLC. Hetq attempted to contact the company director, Aram Mkhitaryan; however, Hetq was told that the director is in a meeting and will be free in 2 hours.
16:52 | June 5, 2014
Republican Party MP Hermineh Naghdalyan, who also serves as the Vice President of Armenia’s National Assembly, seems to be pulling the right strings when it comes to winning lucrative government contracts.
12:24 | May 5, 2014
Ani Gevorgyan, a reporter for the Armenian newspaper Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun, claims that Yerevan’s Kentron Police Chief Artak Poghosyan slapped her face on February 12, 2014 while in police custody.
16:24 | April 29, 2014
Laura starts her work day at 6am, when most residents are still fast asleep in their beds. It was 10am when I caught up with Laura and she still hadn’t finished her assigned route.
14:15 | April 11, 2014
The recent frost that struck Armenia at the end of March has hit rural communities the hardest. Residents of one village say because of the frost they are barely able to make their loan payments, adding that the frost could even lead to increased emigration and crime.
14:32 | March 25, 2014
Armenia’s Minister of Finance Davit Sargsyan today said that he isn’t worried about a government ‘no confidence’ bill that will be shortly introduced in parliament by the four non-coalition parties.
15:11 | March 24, 2014
The property is owned by Shogherina Mkrtchyan, the wife of ruling Republican Party of Armenia MP Samvel Aleksanyan, a prominent oligarch known who owns the Yerevan City chain of supermarkets.
17:55 | March 12, 2014
Gevorgyan said that last year the government had begun to register all wells in the area and had closed down illegal ones, thus negating their negative impact on the local environment.
12:44 | March 11, 2014
Armenia’s National Assembly today approved two bills amending its rules of procedure and that of the “Law Regarding the Prosecutor General’s Office". The latter will require the nation’s prosecutor general to present an annual report to the legislature and the president by April 1.
15:08 | March 10, 2014
72 year-old Irma Haroutyunyan, the only women candidate, beat her rival by 61 votes and thus was assured a seat on the council in the community she relocated to as a refugee from Baku in the late 1980s.
09:39 | March 10, 2014
In yesterday’s election for mayor of the Ararat village of Nizam, Republican Party incumbent Artavazt Dounoyan lost his re-election bid to independent candidate Haroutyun Karapetyan by a vote of 254 to 214.
15:13 | February 24, 2014
While the government majority in Armenia’s parliament on Feb. 5 quashed a proposal by the opposition to create an ad-hoc committee to look into the country’s foreign debt accumulated since 2011 in the natural gas supply sector and to review the price of the fuel, today the ruling coalition parties floated the idea of creating a similar committee but with different powers.
14:14 | February 24, 2014
Armenian National Congress MP Aram Manoukyan asked National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan why for more than a week wires are being connected and video cameras are being installed in their offices, and in the yard and corridors of the parliament building.
11:49 | February 20, 2014
The residents of Arevashat village in Armavir Province support each other in cultivating the land, but they say that without loans from the bank they are unable to invest in a greenhouse and grow crops to sell at the market.
11:58 | February 14, 2014
Armen Poghosyan, who heads Armenia’s Union of Consumers, told Hetq that they have eggs imported from Ukraine stamped with a two month expiration date, claiming that such a long shelf life is impossible.
11:10 | February 14, 2014
At 73, Julieta Hakobyan is no less capable of working on the land than her son and daughter-in-law. She grows crops to feed her family and to sell to support her grandchild who is serving in the army.
13:38 | February 7, 2014
The Armenian government has allocated 4.6 million AMD (US$115,000) to install closed-circuit television cameras throughout the National Assembly, justifying the expenditure as as ‘security enhancement.
13:21 | February 5, 2014
Armenian National Assembly Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan was forced to bang his gavel and call boisterous MPs to order today just a few minutes after the legislature opened for business.
13:08 | February 5, 2014
By a vote of 58 to 44, Armenia’s National Assembly rejected a proposal by minority parliamentary factions to create an ad-hoc committee to look into the country’s foreign debt accumulated since 2011 in the natural gas supply sector.
12:23 | February 5, 2014
Grigor Grigoryan, a Prosperous Armenia party MP says he wants to give up his post as deputy chairman of the RA National Assembly’s Defense, National Security and Internal Affairs Standing Committee.
13:35 | February 3, 2014
A vote to increase the number of members of the parliamentary Ad-Hoc Counting Committee today passed with only the ruling coalition voting and despite objections from the parliamentary opposition.
16:08 | January 20, 2014
According to the 2012 disclosure, the wealthiest wife of all Armenia’s ministers is Nouneh Nikolyan, spouse of Minister of Transport and Communication Minister Gagik Beglaryan.
16:08 | January 9, 2014
Several villages in Armenia’s Armavir Province have been without bus service since December 25 and local residents point an accusing finger at Republican Party MP Hrant Grigoryan, owner of the company.
15:58 | December 24, 2013
Hetq has just learnt that National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan has signed a Russian natural gas treaty that was adopted in a controversial ratification vote yesterday.
00:27 | December 17, 2013
The Orinats Yerkir (Country of Law) party and party MP Levon Dokholyan have sued the Zhoghovourd newspaper for slander, and each is demanding 3.5 million AMD in compensation.
12:46 | December 12, 2013
In his address today at the National Assembly, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan tried to allay concerns regarding the new mandatory pension system set to take effect as of January 1.
15:55 | December 4, 2013
Minister Tovmasyan, visibly irritated at the question, added that the matter was in the hands of the Prosecutor General and that the government had a vested interest in getting to the truth.
12:53 | November 15, 2013
MPs of the ruling government coalition didn't show up today for a special parliamentary hearing called by the opposition to postpone the launch of the mandatory pension fund system due to start on January 1, 2014.
12:38 | November 13, 2013
Rule of Law MP Khachik Haroutyunyan has filed a resignation petition so that he can assume the post of director at the soon to be established Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Academy in Yerevan.
16:30 | November 11, 2013
A few months ago, Zakaryan presented a report to parliament revealing the abuses, running into the millions, and was quickly criticized by President Sargsyan for overstepping his bounds and for exaggerating the problem.
16:58 | November 8, 2013
These daily growing media outlets had a need for new staff and filled the void with young people who were untrained and unfamiliar with professional standards. As a result, serious analytical and investigative journalism almost disappeared.
23:16 | November 3, 2013
During the discussions over the past week in the National Assembly regarding a draft budget for 2014, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan noted that the government is not planning to seek a sizable revenue increase through a further toughening of the tax administration.
17:05 | October 24, 2013
It appears that the Armenian government believes that paying state employees more money translates into better functioning employees.It also believes that higher wages to state employees will cut down on corruption risks and increase the overall productivity of the bureaucracy.
12:31 | October 23, 2013
National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan has pushed through a new make-up for the Armenian delegation to PACE that has effectively left the opposition Heritage Party out in the cold.
13:12 | October 21, 2013
By a vote of 62 to 47, Armenia’s Parliament rejected a bill introduced by Prosperous Armenia MPs dealing with compensation for depositors that had accounts with the former Soviet Union state bank.
10:05 | October 18, 2013
Hakob Hakobyan, the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs of the Armenian National Assembly, is always to quick to shoot down bills proposed by the opposition seeking to increase the minimum wage, pensions and social subsidies to the poor.
11:19 | October 14, 2013
In 43 of the cases, the ECHR has found violations in the manner the cases were handled in the Armenian court system. (Cases can only reach the ECHR after all legal avenues are exhausted in the country of origin)
12:57 | October 4, 2013
At a ceremony today in Yerevan, Armenia’s Chamber of Advocates Chairman Rouben Sahakyan handed over the reins of this professional body, with a membership of 800 attorneys, to Ara Zohrabyan.
12:37 | October 3, 2013
The brouhaha all started yesterday at the PACE autumn plenary session in Strasbourg where Postanjyan queried Sargsyan about his losing 70 million Euros at a European casino and his legitimacy as president.
12:35 | September 30, 2013
Without providing details, National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan stated today that he had received a response from the Headquarters of the Russian Border Guards regarding an incident that took place on September 21 near the Syunik village of Litchk.
13:15 | September 9, 2013
Opposition Armenian MPs called on Parliament President Hovik Abrahamyan to allow them the opportunity of familiarizing themselves with ongoing negotiations regarding Armenia’s entry into the Russia-led Customs Union.
14:01 | September 6, 2013
The fourth legislative session of the Fifth Convocation of Armenia’s National Assembly begins on September 9. Hetq spoke to representatives of the six parliamentary factions regarding the draft bills and other proposals they plan to introduce.
14:12 | September 4, 2013
Hovhannes Sahakyan, Secretary of the ruling Republican Party parliamentary faction told Hetq that President Sargsyan’s statement yesterday that Armenian would join a Russian-led Customs Union should have been expected.
12:06 | August 29, 2013
On August 14, 2013, the Armenian government awarded a 409.2 million AMD road repair contract to a company owned by Hermineh Naghdalyan, the Vice-President of the country’s National Assembly.
13:01 | August 8, 2013
He says that underground detonations at the mine can upset the hydro-geological balance in the area, thus causing a decrease in the flow of the famous mineral waters and a change to its mineral content.
11:42 | July 17, 2013
Officials of the Armenian Embassy in Moscow have still not met with Hrachya Haroutyunyan, the driver now facing criminal charges stemming from a road accident resulting in the death of 18 individuals.
00:40 | July 17, 2013
New Times political party President Aram Karapetyan says that Russian-Armenian relations have soured of late even though he sees no overt anti-Armenian policies emanating from Moscow.
12:47 | June 24, 2013
Growers are demanding 120 AMD per kilo just to break even. In lieu of this, they have suggested that the government facilitate customs regulations to allow for buyers from Georgia to purchase the crop.
15:42 | June 19, 2013
Addressing the parliament today regarding a draft bill on changes to the law on minimum monthly wages, ARF MP Artzvik Minasyan said that six months ago his party had proposed an initiative that would have led to a formula where any citizen would have been able to estimate their salary in the coming year.
15:29 | June 13, 2013
When Zakaryan began to list the inflated prices paid for construction materials for the building of new courthouses, Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan got up and left the session, giving the impression that such revelations were of no concern to him.
13:04 | June 12, 2013
By a vote of 87 to 4, the RA National Assembly today passed a bill allowing the government to grant certain tax and customs concessions regarding a project to build an international school in Dilijan.
15:32 | June 11, 2013
Davi Sargsyan quickly retorted that such allegations were falsehoods and that the prime minister had applied to the General Prosecutor’s Office, requesting that it investigate how his name appeared on the Cyprus registry document of a certain company.
12:48 | June 11, 2013
The $550 million project, of which a mere $20 million has been invested to date, is planned to house 600 students at a school the government claims would be operated to international standards.
12:50 | June 10, 2013
Earlier today, the RA National Assembly voted down a bill introduced by HAK MP Hrand Bagratyan seeking to regulate the operations of offshore companies in Armenia’s mining sector.
14:09 | June 8, 2013
In the Armenian town of Shorzha, on the far side of Lake Sevan, a company owned by the local mayor won a 29.240 million AMD work contract for a construction project in Shorzha itself.
13:00 | June 7, 2013
On April 12, of this year, the Kotayk Provincial Administration signed a 70 million AMD road repair contract with a company owned by Minister of Environmental Protection Ara Harutyunyan.
21:58 | June 3, 2013
Sometime in September, the Kantegh choir of Los Angeles will be heading to Armenia for a of concert of troubadour music. The precise date is now being worked out in conjunction with the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.
12:21 | May 30, 2013
In lieu of compensation for the widespread May 12 hailstorm damage to local farmers, the RA Ministry of Agriculture has allocated 87 million AMD worth of seeds to the Armavir Provincial Administration.
17:16 | May 6, 2013
Theater and film director Ashot Adamyan told Hetq that residents of Yerevan participated in a rigged election on May 5 and that they really had no say in the make-up of the next Council of Aldermen.
14:16 | May 6, 2013
At the time, Virabyan was a member of the People’s Party of Armenia and actively participated in public rallies and political campaigning for the 2004 presidential election in Armenia.
12:02 | April 29, 2013
Earlier today, a Yerevan court threw out the suit filed by Zhoghovurd newspaper reporter Sona Avetisyan against businessman Khachik Khachatryan for calling her a prostitute during a December 28, 2012 telephone conversation.
17:06 | April 24, 2013
While the RA Ministry of Agriculture has advised villagers to use smoke and irrigation to counter the weather conditions, local residents complain that there has been no water to irrigate what’s left of the crop.
21:18 | April 9, 2013
Heritage Party member Anahit Bakhshyan has informed Hetq that the police are still holding Heritage Party Vice-President and former MP Arem Martirosyan in the Arabkir police station.
16:37 | April 8, 2013
Prosperous Armenia Party spokesperson Iveta Tonoyan has informed Hetq that Gagik Tsarukyan has left the country and thus will not be able to attend tomorrow’s presidential inauguration of Serzh Sargsyan.
13:10 | April 8, 2013
Today’s National Assembly session got off to another “heated” start when Heritage Party MP Zarouhie Postanjyan quizzed Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan about tomorrow’s inauguration of Serzh Sargsyan.
15:22 | March 22, 2013
Recently, Republican Party MP Karen Avagyan wrote on his Facebook page that, “Prosperous Armenia isn't really a political party but rather a political project that periodically surfaces and introduces a bill.”
13:52 | March 19, 2013
The Armenian National Assembly today debated a package of legislative changes proposed by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) designed to rectify violations registered in last May’s parliamentary elections.
13:06 | March 18, 2013
At today’s National Assembly session, Heritage Party MP Zarouhie Postanjyan created something of a ruckus when she tried to read a letter entitled “The Petition of Current President Serzh Sargsyan to Newly Elected President Raffi Hovannisian.”
19:50 | March 15, 2013
The RA National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Stae and Legal Affairs unanimously passed a resolution that would allow for the creation of an ad-hoc commission to investigate the events of March 1, 2008.
11:17 | March 13, 2013
Raffi Hovannisian’s representative, MP Zarouhie Postanjyan, asked Serzh Sargsyan’s representative Davit Haroutyunyan why the president didn't intervene when the website of the Central Electoral Commission stopped working during the initial tally of the votes.
13:44 | March 11, 2013
Prosperous Armenia Party press spokesperson Tigran Ourikhanyan told reporters today that he could only share his personal perspective on the hunger strike that Hovannisian began after yesterday’s public rally.
13:03 | March 11, 2013
As the RA Constitutional Court prepares to review the petitions filed by two former presidential candidates to have the February 18 presidential election annulled, Minister of Justice Hrayr Tovmasyan will be on vacation until March 14.
23:54 | March 7, 2013
Current Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan leads the ticket, followed by international chess grand master Smbat Lpoutyan and Hovhannes Tokmajyan, Rector of the Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction.
12:55 | February 28, 2013
The bill, introduced by the government, would allow alternative military service to citizens of Armenia whose religious beliefs or convictions were opposed to bearing arms or using them.
12:46 | February 27, 2013
It appears that Armavir Mayor Ruben Khlghatyan’s request to resign has been overturned by President Serzh Sargsyan himself. Khlghatyan’s request had been accepted by the town’s municipal council just the other day.
12:27 | February 26, 2013
Abrahamyan said that the parliament’s secretariat had been unable to contact Central Electoral Commission President Tigran Moukouchyan in order to invite him to the National Assembly as well.
16:21 | February 25, 2013
This reporter asked Ourikhanyan, who also serves as the BHK’s press spokesperson to clarify the statement; specifically, will the party join those in Freedom Square and elsewhere who have rejected the official vote results on the February 18 presidential election?
14:42 | February 25, 2013
National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan has invited leaders of the majority and opposition factions to join him for a consultation on the post-election situation in Armenia.
12:29 | February 25, 2013
HAK MP Nikol Pashinyan criticized the legislature for getting bogged down in matters that had no relevancy to reality and should be focusing on the past-election situation that is “in the hearts and minds of the people”.
14:47 | February 15, 2013
Before becoming ambassador to Germany, Martirosyan also served as the executive director of HayEconomBank in Armenia. In 2011, he also received 142,000 ($348) in stock dividends from the bank.
15:15 | February 14, 2013
Another 289 in the sdame district are registered as residing in the “Kanaker Tunnel”. Another 18 are registered as residing in the “Dosaaf Restaurant” in Davtashen Neighborhood 3.
14:19 | February 13, 2013
Robert Nazaryan has headed Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission since 2003. As such, he basically gives the green light to proposed rate hikes for utilities like electricity, gas and water.
13:23 | February 11, 2013
In an unexpected about-face, presidential candidate Paryur Hayrikian today filed a petition to withdraw a petition he filed yesterday at the Constitutional Court seeking a postponement of the February 18 election.
16:25 | February 6, 2013
President Serzh Sargsyan is making a campaign swing today through Armavir Province. Seeking re- election, Sargsyan has already stopped in Edjmiatzin and will soon meet voters in the town of Armavir.
13:21 | February 6, 2013
The government is pushing ahead with its plan to build two large-scale hydro-electric plants on the Arax River with financial assistance from Iran. Today, the National Assembly discussed changes to the agreement signed by the two governments that will permit such a project, estimated to cost between $300 and $350 million.
16:42 | February 5, 2013
Melikyan said that he wasn’t preparing to file such a demand, noting that at the outset of the campaign he stated that he wouldn’t be petition the Constitutional Court or any other judicial body.
16:14 | February 5, 2013
President Sargsyan will make a campaign stop in the tiny community tomorrow as he swings through Armavir. In preparation, workers have been seen filling the potholed streets with red gravel.
17:18 | February 4, 2013
According to the RA Law Regarding Victims of Soviet Repression, the government has been implementing a program since 2000 that has been granting favourable long-term home repair loans to victims and their close relatives.
23:19 | January 20, 2013
“We know everything about elections in Armenia. What will take place next month isn't a real election. Serzh Sargsyan will become president again since he has no competition. They removed Vardan Oskanian from the running. Everyone knows it,” said Gordzunian.
14:09 | January 18, 2013
Four of the eight candidates running in next month’s Armenian presidential election have filed financial disclosures as required by law. The wealthiest of the four appears to be the current president, Serzh Sargsyan.
12:38 | January 18, 2013
An employee of an agency operated by the Armavir Municipality told this reporter that he had been handed a blank official form and was instructed to collect the passport data of at least ten residents in support of President Sargsyan.
14:03 | January 17, 2013
Hovhannes Manoukyan, Armenia’s Ambassador to Georgia, definitely makes the richest diplomat list. His 2011 official financial disclosure reveals revenues of $22,574 (salary), 26.136 million AMD (rental income), and “contributions” of $175,000 and 95,000 Euros.
15:31 | January 16, 2013
The men of Margara, a village some 500 meters from the Turkish border, wait patiently for the sun’s rays to shine so they can play cards on a small table they've placed outside the mayor’s office.
00:22 | January 15, 2013
Perhaps such business holdings are the source of the $1.120 million he declared in his 2011 financial disclosure. He also had 12.2 million Russian rubles ($403,120) and 25.4 million AMD in the bank.
15:31 | January 10, 2013
Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has certified eight candidates out of the fifteen who originally registered, as eligible to appear on the ballot for the presidential election slated for February 18.
16:15 | January 9, 2013
The analyst argued that voters don’t know what to make of the situation where many leading opposition candidates have decided not to run, thus paving the way for the easy re-election of President Sargsyan.
01:02 | January 8, 2013
Before his diplomatic posting, Manoukyan served as Armenia’s Minister of Transport and Communications from 2001 to 2008, and then as a presidential adviser. He also served as a MP in the 1990s.
19:28 | January 4, 2013
The seven candidates in the running are: RA President Serzh Sargsyan, Hrant Bagratyan (Freedom Party), Raffi Hovannisian (Heritage), Arman Melikyan (former Artsakh Foreign Minister), Paruyr Hayrikyan (leader of National Self-Determination Union), Vardan Sedrakyan (epic tale specialist) and Andreas Ghoukasyan (Director of Radio Hay).
11:57 | December 27, 2012
“We have nothing to be proud about, either in foreign affairs or the domestic political scene. Despite certain statements that the socio-economic situation has improved, it is clear that that even if there is a slight increase in economic growth, it has had no real impact on the life of average citizens,” Zohrabyan told Hetq.
15:42 | December 20, 2012
Currently, six MPs receive the allowance – Karineh Poghosyan and Hayk Grigoryan from the Republican Party, Grigor Grigoryan from Prosperous Armenia, Ishkhan Khachatryan and Khachik Harutyunyan from Country of Law, and independent MP Edmon Maroukyan.
12:19 | December 18, 2012
The Armenian government allocated 2,739,493 AMD ($6,765) to “maintain” the National Assembly and MPs; 9,344,060 AMD ($23,000) for “household and public food items”; and 23,580,000 AMD ($58,222) for social assistance in the form of money.
12:36 | December 17, 2012
Many MPs expressed their displeasure that their proposals made during committee sessions hadn’t been incorporated in the government’s bills, even though the government had stated that most of the proposals were acceptable.
12:52 | December 12, 2012
Right now, there are six members on the committee – three from the opposition and one each from the Republican Party, Prosperous Armenian Party and the Country of Law Party. ANC MP Nikol Pashinyan heads the committee.
11:53 | December 11, 2012
But that’s not it. You see, the holidays are around the corner and people are in need of loans in order to celebrate in traditional Armenian style; i.e., tables sagging under the weight of trays of food and drink.
15:22 | December 4, 2012
Today the opposition HAK (Armenian National Congress) was able to gather the number of signatures needed to take the matter of a calling for a special session to discuss a draft bill to make modifications and amendments to the country’s electoral code to the Constitutional Court.
13:56 | December 4, 2012
Hetq has learnt that Shaboyan is constantly bestowing his buddies with various monetary awards. So we wrote to Shaboyan and asked him to provide us with a list of the recipients of such largesse during 2012 and the amounts awarded. We also wanted to know the reasons for the awards.
14:15 | November 30, 2012
It’s a well known fact that the President of Armenia’s State Revenue Committee (SRC), Gagik Khachatryan has deep pockets and is considered a savvy businessman both in Armenia and overseas.
13:57 | November 26, 2012
Sahakyan can always be spotted in front of the press cameras, espousing the government’s position on this or that issue. Lately, he’s been busy defending the government’s proposal to raise the minimum wage by 2,500 AMD per month.
10:26 | November 26, 2012
Simple proof of this is the decreasing enrollment of area schools. Families just don’t see a future for themselves in the province. Local school principals have voiced their concerns that if the trends continue this section of Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan will be empty of Armenians altogether.
12:57 | November 21, 2012
MPs of the ruling Republican Party and its junior coalition partner Country of Law, walked out of the parliament today in a move designed to declare the session null and void.
16:47 | November 20, 2012
In 2011, RA First Deputy Police Chief Hounan Poghosyan received an annual salary of 4,552,080 AMD ($11,270). Compare that to what he had in the bank – 72 million AMD and $40,000 at year’s end.
00:12 | November 15, 2012
Sure, there have been some serious opposition speeches but most are artificially motivated for show. Sometimes they accuse us of acting in preparation for the upcoming presidential election. If we had the opportunity to do just that, we would have increased the minimum wage even more.
15:36 | November 14, 2012
Bagratyan said that the government isn't focusing on revenues because it will be revealed that the large taxpayers aren't paying any taxes and that the dying small and middle business sector is bearing the full tax burden.
14:07 | November 13, 2012
Even though Armenia’s parliament today passed a government bill regarding the minimum wage in Armenia, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) has introduced a proposal to make additions and amendments to the new law.
13:31 | November 12, 2012
Taking the podium, Heritage Party MO Zarouhie Postanjyan said that as she entered the parliament earlier in the morning an old woman approached, berating the fact that some MPs had complained that their 240,000 AMD monthly wage didn’t allow them to buy new suits or sports coats.
12:37 | November 12, 2012
By a vote of 75 to 35, Armenia’s National Assembly rejected an opposition proposal to create an ad- hoc committee to look into the Harsnakar restaurant incident in which a military physician was beaten to death.
17:22 | November 9, 2012
During the debate in Armenia’s parliament regarding the proposed bill to raise the minimum wage from 32,500 AMD to 35,000, ruling Republican Party MP Mkrtich Minasyan told Hetq that while the increase wasn't sufficient, he could get by on 35,000 for one month.
12:28 | November 7, 2012
In Hetq’s continuing series highlighting the financial status of various Armenian government big- wigs, we now turn our attention on the country’s government ministers. (Please note-the below figures are culled from their official financial disclosures. We leave the rest to your imagination)
15:59 | November 5, 2012
Former RA Police Chief Alik Sargsyan, a presidential advisor since 2011, declared 5.157 million in revenues made up solely from wages. He had 120 million AMD and $70,000 in the bank.
16:25 | November 2, 2012
Earlier today RA National Assembly President Hovik Abrahamyan hinted that there might be a referendum to make changes to the constitution parallel with the presidential election next February.
15:05 | October 23, 2012
Armenia’s Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan told reporters today that his phone was besieged with calls from high-ranking parents of 12th graders last year after he issued a warning to ten school principals about pupils not attending classes but being marked as present.
14:30 | October 22, 2012
After three years of construction, the Saint Anna Armenian Apostolic Church, financed by former village resident Vahan Avagyan who now lives in Russia, was consecrated in the village of Aghavnatoun
17:12 | October 5, 2012
Today nearly nothing remains from the once-prosperous village of Geghakar, one of the most neglected in the province of Gegharkunik. Situated in the mountain slopes, it is cut off from the outside world for 2–3 months, particularly during the winter season, as the road is closed from the snowstorms.
12:44 | October 4, 2012
During discussion of the 2011 state budget performance on Thursday, Armenian National Congress (HAK) MP Nikol Pashinyan began his address to the National Assembly with a joke: a man standing in Yerevan's Republic Square was making odd movements when a police officer approached him and asked what he's doing. The man responds that he's fending away crocodiles. The officer remarks that there are no crocodiles, to which the man replies: "That's because I'm driving them away."
16:07 | October 1, 2012
Vardan Oskanian, the Prosperous Party MP facing charges of embezzlement, rose in parliament today and charged Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan with fabricating evidence against him based purely on political motivations.
13:12 | October 1, 2012
ANC MP Nikol Pashinyan stated that Hovsepyan’s motion doesn’t include any information that would back charges that Oskanian has embezzled the funds of another. Furthermore, Pashinyan has charged the Prosecutor General of embezzlement.
11:32 | September 25, 2012
Armenia’s tax authorities have come down hard on 78 year-old pensioner Raya Prazyan. For the past two months they’ve been withholding 10,000 AMD of her 31,000 monthly pension as administrative penalties.