22:44 | September 26, 2018
On February 2, 2018, former Armenian Minister of Culture Armen Amiryan sold a private house he purchased for $1.2 million, in Glendale, California, for $2 million. This isn’t the only property he owns in the U.S. Amiryan served as the director of Armenia Public Radio from 1997-2015 and culture minister from 2016-2018. He also founded the Armenakob TV station, which he later sold.
17:39 | July 6, 2018
Hetq military sources say that the Azerbaijani military exercises were severely hindered due to the power outage, and that Azerbaijani counter-air defense systems have been compromised.
13:26 | June 12, 2018
In his disclosure, Deputy Prime Minister also announced a stock with a price of 5,023 drams. This should actually be 502.3 million AMD, since it’s his share of Ardshinbank CJSC, where he owns 1.000056% of shares (the charter capital of the bank is 50,227 million AMD).
18:32 | June 5, 2018
Today, the Committee responded, saying that it had sent a formal request to Artashes Tumanyan, Hovik Abovyan and Karen Ghahramanyan, asking them to provide their side of the story in the matter.
13:18 | May 2, 2018
Heeding the call made by Nikol Pashinyan for increased civil disobedience after the National Assembly failed to elect him prime minister yesterday, people started to close a number of streets in the Armenian capital -Arshakunyats, the streets around the Municipal Building, and the entire stretch of Mashtots Avenue, which has been turned into a pedestrian promenade.
19:46 | February 1, 2018
“Everyone today accepts the fact that without the planes, helicopters of Armenia’s civil aviation department, and the Stepanakert, Goris and Sisian airports, we would have lost the Karabakh War. This proves just how important civil aviation, a developed technical reserve base, and, first and foremost, a national cadre of aviators, is to any sovereign state,” says Atbashyan.
17:03 | January 11, 2018
According to a year-end report released by Armenia’s General Department of Civil Aviation, 2,452,474 passengers passed through Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport in 2017, an increase of 346,934 over 2016.
00:02 | November 1, 2017
While we do not claim that the facts below are examples of illicit financial flows, we show, however, that Armenian officials and their relatives have amassed huge fortunes in different countries. This story is only about Bulgaria.
16:45 | September 30, 2017
The Kapan Municipal Council, by a vote of 10-0 on August 23, approved a measure to lease the operating rights of the local airport to an outfit called Syunik Airport LLC for 25 years.
21:21 | August 28, 2017
The daughter of Samvel Balasanyan, the current mayor of Gyumri (Armenia’s second largest city), and her husband, have purchased a real estate and bread/confectionary company in Prague.
20:27 | August 24, 2017
Tourism within the confines of Armenia, whether the vacationer is from overseas or a resident of the country, has for decades revolved around the obligatory visits to churches, monasteries and other monuments of cultural or historical significance.
23:14 | August 10, 2017
It will cost around 20,000 AMD (US$ 42) to fly one way from Kapan, the regional capital of Armenia’s Syunik Province, to Yerevan, the country’s capital, according to the province’s governor.
Articles Armenia’s Limited Aircraft Fleet
19:53 | July 3, 2017
Martirosyan says four of their six graduates have been enrolled in state universities last year. He believes the school’s success is due the intelligence of the area’s residents and the teachers’ caring and demanding attitude.
19:55 | June 19, 2017
"In Armenia, it's mostly a kebab-barbecue situation. Eating is the key. For example, when people want to express a good opinion on a wedding, they say they ate well. Food is the main criteria, but in reality, the most important thing is having a good time," says Marley's founder.
16:31 | May 17, 2017
Aircompany Armenia’s maiden direct flight from Yerevan to Tel Aviv is scheduled today at 17:55 Yerevan time. It will arrive in Tel Aviv at 20:25. Tel Aviv flights will take place every Thursday and Sunday.
14:20 | May 9, 2017
Throughout Armenia, apart from historical and architectural monuments, one can locate the skeletons of airplanes that have long stopped flying. These aircraft are not only exhibited at museums, but also at sites that at first glance appear odd.
20:15 | March 25, 2017
Khosrov Harutyunyan, president of Armenia’s Christian-Democratic Union, has been serving in the Armenian government and National Assembly since the country gained independence in the early 1990s.
23:11 | February 14, 2017
Daily flights in and out of Kapan soon increased to 10-12. On days featuring football matches in Yerevan, some 16 flights took off. Ten s of thousands flew to Yerevan and back without incident. The Kapan airport closed after 1990, due to several objective and subjective reasons, and fell into disrepair.
19:53 | January 11, 2017
Our research shows that more than US$ 26 million has already been spent on church and chapel construction in Armenia and Artsakh. We must note, however, that this amount does not include amounts spent on very large churches and chapels, especially in Yerevan. This amount would easily double, or even triple, if included.
17:01 | December 30, 2016
The Egyptian resort towns of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh have been attracting many tourists from Armenia in recent years. Peak travel times are summers, early autumn, and New Year’s.
22:41 | October 9, 2016
If the FFA president had no problem launching a witch-hunt to find traitors within the team, then it follows that the coach could utter such remarks bordering on the paranormal. At this point, one can only take pity on Sukiasyan and advise him, his staffers and players to hang an “evil-eye” around their necks to protect them from us reporters.
16:10 | August 17, 2016
The family of Armen Gevorgyan, Armenia’s former Deputy Prime Minister and currently secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council, has planted deep roots in the Czech Republic, where they are in the rental real estate business.
01:01 | June 30, 2016
In 2010, Gourgen and Artyom, the two sons of Armenian Minister of Finance Gagik Khachatryan, purchased a sprawling private house in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood. They paid $11 million for it.
16:36 | June 22, 2016
Reading the plaque commemorating prominent blacksmiths in the Artsakh village of Metz Taghlar, I ask why the name of the village is written in the form “Taghlar” and not “Tagher”?
00:09 | May 20, 2016
Taron-Avia got the go-ahead on May 10 during a council meeting held by Armenia’s Ministry of the Economy reviewing the tenders it had received by companies vying for the chance to conduct regular air service. The certificate was issued on May 16.
15:37 | March 24, 2016
Albert Yeritsyan, a famous businessman in Armenia mostly known for the ‘Father and Son Yeritsyans Supermarket’ in Yerevan, opened a business in the Czech Republic ten years ago. That business is now run by the family of Robert Yeritsyan, son of Albert.
00:13 | March 19, 2016
While this is not the first time that aviation companies registered in Armenia have been caught up in tangled international stories of intrigue, the government of Armenia seems to turn a blind eye to it all. Such an approach can lead to unforeseen consequences given the strong possibility that one day Armenia may face U.N. sanctions due to the exploits of Armenian aviators.
00:25 | February 15, 2016
According to “Swiss Leaks” findings, there were 10 clients associated with Armenia (4 had an Armenian passport/nationality) who opened 21 client accounts between 1989 and 2006 that were linked to 23 bank accounts. The maximum amount of money associated with a client connected to Armenia was $5.8M.
00:18 | January 27, 2016
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker has said that passengers on the new direct service to and from Yerevan will benefit from easier access to the rest of the world via Qatar Airways’ global network.
15:04 | January 23, 2016
If current trends continue, the Armenian aviation market will be at the mercy of foreign companies, mostly Russian. They can, at any time based on their interests, suspend commercial and non- commercial flights. More importantly, they can also dictate flight fares.
18:05 | November 3, 2015
Laboratory testing designed to reveal how a large number of surgery patients at the Kajaran Medical Center in Syunik contracted hepatitis C late last year has been completed, this according to Armenia’s Ministry of Health.
00:03 | October 7, 2015
Awadisian’s reputation as a criminal swindler got a major boost in February 2014 when he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on an outstanding warrant in Alabama for bank fraud.
15:41 | October 5, 2015
It appears that Armenia’s State Committee for Economic Competitiveness Protection (SCECP) will not pursue the case to fine City Petrol Group (CPS) 100 million drams (US$212,000) on charges that the company had abused its position as a market leader.
Investigation Armavia: Armenia’s Faded Colors
00:12 | October 3, 2015
Armavia, regarded as Armenia’s flying colors, could have continue to operate. However artificial its dominancy over the ruins of Armenian Airlines may appear, the liberalization of the aviation sector – with all its negative consequences - was equally natural. In the history of Armenian aviation, the ten years between 2003 and 2013 will perhaps go down as the Armavia decade, rich with the extreme ups and downs particular to the aviation of independent Armenia.
Investigation Armavia: Falling from Grace
00:12 | July 23, 2015
Despite Baghdasarov’s estimate, in actuality Armavia flew over 800,000 passengers in 2010 (see the infograph above for number of passengers from 2003 to 2010). The discrepancy is incomprehensible —either Baghdasarov was needlessly disappointed or the company’s figure was inflated.
Investigation Armavia: Armenia’s Greatest Aviation Disaster
18:54 | June 12, 2015
Later on, many experts and company employees would draw comparisons between Siberia and the Baghdasarov eras, in favor of the former, pointing out poor management during the tenure of the Armenian oligarch that came to the fore in different ways and something that wasn’t even refuted at the top echelons of Armavia (while naturally pointing to the “faults” of others in the company’s failures).
00:28 | June 2, 2015
There are three schools operating in Shoushi today (a senior, primary and high school), two kindergartens, a music school, and one teachers’ college. With financial assistance from a benefactor, there are plans to build another kindergarten for 100 children.
Investigation Armavia: Controlling the Armenian Skies
19:52 | February 26, 2015
Armenia’s General Civil Aviation Department reports that the Iraqi Airways flight, linking Baghdad and Yerevan with a quick stopover in Erbil, will operate every Thursday and Sunday commencing March 5.
Investigation Armavia: An Airline’s History
16:00 | February 16, 2015
In September 2002, Armavia’s ownership was reshuffling. Liparit Poghosyan and Slavik Koshtoyan sold their shares to Natalya Filyova, from Novosibirsk, Russia, who is one of Russia’s wealthiest women today.
17:14 | February 3, 2015
But, if Mika Limited remains in the 8th round of creditors to be paid, it is difficult to see how Armavia’s assets will be sufficient to pay the money owed it. 152 creditors are ahead of Mika Ltd. in the waiting line.
15:49 | January 16, 2015
When taking into consideration Turkey’s tendency to build large reservoirs along the Arax River and the lower elevation of Azerbaijan, towards where Armenia’s rivers are flowing, reservoir construction is not only solving Armenia’s internal problems. Armenia’s fresh waters, against the backdrop of decreasing water resources, can become a strategic playing card in regional relations, with Armenia caught in between unfriendly neighbors.
23:27 | December 17, 2014
Since the Soviet era Armenia has implemented reservoirs as the most advantageous method for properly utilizing Lake Sevan and other bodies of water. That volume currently amounts to around 1.4 billion cubic meters.
14:52 | September 24, 2014
Of the five individuals charged with supplying the Artskah Defense Army with buffalo meat instead of beef in 2012, only one was convicted in a September 18 verdict by the Syunik Provincial Court.
14:22 | September 18, 2014
Earlier this month, Hetq published an article entitled “Artsakh Border Community School in Need: New Ping- Pong Tables Aren’t the Answer”highlighting the problems facing students and teachers at the Aknaberd School in Artsakh’snortherMartakert District.
18:09 | September 12, 2014
Arsen Julfalakyan has been crowned world champion in the 75kg Greco-Roman category after beating Neven Zugaj earlier this evening at the 2014 World Wrestling Championship in Tashkent.
10:07 | April 25, 2014
Armenian and Turkish protestors and their supporters once again organized simultaneous demonstrations outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., on April 24, the day of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
14:50 | April 18, 2014
Opponents, noting that the Iranian shepherds would be coming from the country’s East Azerbaijan Province, labeled the plan an environmental as well as national security threat to Armenia.
00:02 | April 15, 2014
Kapan, capital of Armenia’s Syunik Province, is indeed a city replete with contrasts that the visitor will meet at every turn. All it takes is a brief walk down its streets, or better yet, head to the town’s marketplace which has seen better days.
20:08 | March 29, 2014
With today’s loss to Dmitry Andreikin during the 13th round of the 2014 FIDE World Candidates Tournament at Khanty-Mansiysk, Levon Aronian is out of the race to challenge world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.
15:23 | March 21, 2014
Today’s session in the Ajapnyak and Davtashen District Court, at which Lousabek Samvelyan, the former assistant to the president of the Norashen 2007 consumer cooperative charged with defrauding clients out of money paid for the purchase of apartments, was scheduled to testify in a Yerevan court tomorrow was postponed until March 28.
11:57 | March 20, 2014
Hetq has learnt that Lousabek Samvelyan, the former assistant to the president of the Norashen 2007 consumer cooperative who has been charged with defrauding clients out of money paid for the purchase of apartments, will give testimony in a Yerevan court tomorrow.
12:51 | March 17, 2014
Svidler and Kramnik share second place with 2 points each. Topalov and Aronian are at 1.5 points, while Andreikin and Karjakin have 1 point each. Mamedyarov remained on 0.5 points.
11:52 | February 5, 2014
Albert Ohanjanyan, accused of supplying the Artsakh Defense Army with frozen buffalo meat instead of beef last year, is compensating for damages incurred by building a 150,000 ton refrigerated unit (valued at US$181,000) from his own money.
15:21 | February 4, 2014
As Hetq previously reported, about 1,400 tons of "super" fuel was imported the last time in 2008. However, this grade of gasoline can now be found in several gas stations in the country and especially the capital.
18:15 | January 30, 2014
Though numerous gas stations especially in Yerevan offer "super" fuel in addition to "regular" and "premium," no such fuel has been imported in Armenia since 2008 (such fuel is practically non- existent outside the capital).
13:06 | December 13, 2013
Vertir Airlines, an Armenian company owned by the uncle of the man who heads Armenia’s Civil Aviation Department, has been accused by the U.S. Commerce Department for acting as a middleman for an Iranian airline in order to circumvent U.S. sanctions.
13:25 | December 3, 2013
Scores of protesters who had gathered outside the National Assembly in opposition to the scheduled January 1 launch of the mandatory individual pension system in Armenia, have now set their sights on the Preidential Palace.
12:55 | November 26, 2013
Enterprises violating the law are taking advantage of the shortcomings of the same law. So why aren’t these shortcomings being fixed? If a person can create a new company to participate in and win state tenders, what’s the sense of blacklisting a company registered under the same name and doing business in the same sector? Is it all for show?
11:49 | October 30, 2013
Movsesyan has maintained cool relations with government leaders, both past and present. However, by forming an entourage in the government to advance his business, Movsesyan and others are serious impediments to the development of Armenian aviation at this stage. If this current opportunity to liberalize the sector is missed, then there will be a new, and even more painful, retreat than witnessed in 2003.
12:34 | October 1, 2013
Given the dependence of Armenia on Russian gas and grains, the total tonnage of imports from Russia has increased considerably. However the dollar value of total Armenian imports from the Customs Union is still less than imports from the European Union.
13:46 | September 28, 2013
On June 7 of this year, Armenia’s Minister of Agriculture Sergo Karapetyan lifted a ban on the importation of food products from Turkey and Azerbaijan that had been decreed in 2009 by his predecessor, Gersim Alaverdyan.
12:36 | August 23, 2013
They showed up at Nikita’s house on October 17, 2012. Waving the gun in the prostitute’s face, the two ransacked the apartment and found some cash. They then tied her up with the tape and fled. They split the cash down the line.
14:19 | July 12, 2013
Aghvan Vardanyan, Secretary of the ARF parliamentary faction in the National Assembly, has announced the formation of a new civic initiative called “Justice for Hrach Mouradyan”.
01:04 | February 19, 2013
At a hastily convened press conference a few hours after the polls closed in Armenia, Raffi Hovannisian put a good face on his second place showing in the presidential election by stating that “All of us are winners. The Armenian people have become a nation, a state. The people have spoken.”
00:40 | February 19, 2013
He also claimed that a Heritage Party representative was threatened by a group associated with Samvel Aleksanyan who had engaged in ballot stuffing in a Malatya-Sebastia precint.
17:58 | January 24, 2013
The reason that the national teams have been so weak is the near absence of club teams and because there is no women’s championship in Armenia. At the core of the problem, however, is the national mentality. As a result only a few girls go out for football. In addition, there are no finances invested. This too derives from the national mentality. UEFA and FIFA, in addition to other resources, allocate funds designed to help spur women’s football. Since these are the only investments being made, however, the ball remains where it is.
21:44 | December 26, 2012
Many fans and sports organizers were baffled, however, that no football player made it to the top ten. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, clearly the best player in Armenia today, wound up in 11th place. Footballer Yura Movsisyan was picked for the 14th spot, Roman Berezovsky the 15th spot, and Sargis Hovsepyan tied for the 17th spot with wrestler Yuri Patrikevi.
17:09 | December 11, 2012
Armenia’s Court of Appeals has rejected the plea of a mother to overturn a lower court ruling allowing for her estranged common law husband to visit their two kids on his own.
13:35 | November 15, 2012
40 year-old Sargis Hovsepyan, a defender with Armenia’s national football team with 132 games under his belt, left the pitch forever in style yesterday as Armenia beat Lithuania 4 to 2 at Yerevan’s Republic Stadium.
11:52 | November 12, 2012
Last year, Hayk went to court seeking permission to see Siranoush and Samvel without their mother being present. Meri flatly refused. The father also wanted to take the kids on a one week vacation in the summer. The mother again protested.
13:15 | October 12, 2012
Hetq has learnt that Albert Ohanjanyan, the Director of the Kapan Meat Combine, implicated in a frozen buffalo meat scam, was charged with swindling large amounts of cash and tax evasion of September 1.
13:55 | August 6, 2012
Hetq readers will remember our recent article exposing the fact that frozen Indian buffalo meat was being served at some Artsakh army bases. (See: Artskah Army Serving Frozen Indian Buffalo Meat; Criminal Case Underway)
14:25 | July 17, 2012
According to the Kagh Petrol website, the company signed contract with Russia, Bulgaria and Romania in 1992 to import gasoline and diesel fuel. The company began to cooperate with Turkmenistan in 1994 regarding diesel fuel.
13:10 | July 12, 2012
According to Army Depot Lieutenant-Colonel Hovhannes Sargsyan, a member of the group, and former Armen Gabrielyan, a former serviceman in the Defense Army, an investigative committee found that the frozen meat was being served instead of locally produced beef at Military Unit 2 in Martuni (Artsakh) in June of last year.
Articles Artsakh: Soldiers of the Plains
10:51 | April 23, 2012
Today, we no longer have the “sea to sea Armenia”, but in 1994 the Armenian Army cut across the plains of Shirak and Ararat all the way to the Horadiz flatlands; some 40,000 square kilometres of territory stretching from one border of Armenia to the other.
16:45 | April 13, 2012
Fourteen journalists from Armenia recently visited frontline units of the Artsakh Defense Forces. This was due to an agreement reached between Hetq and the Artsakh Ministry of Defense.
16:23 | February 24, 2012
Artak Mardyan was born in Baku in 1987, just when the Soviet Union started to unravel. The following year, his family was forced to flee to Armenia due to the “troubles” in Azerbaijan and received refugee status.
15:16 | November 25, 2011
News circulated yesterday that the Artsakh Defense Forces had launched a serious of “punishing” blows against opposing Azerbaijani forces up and down the frontline of contact.
13:33 | November 15, 2011
Today, Judge Melkumyan of the Kentron and Nork-Marash District Court suspended the examination of a slander suit brought by Sousanna Nazaryan, former Principal of Etchmiadzin’s Senior School #2.
17:31 | October 31, 2011
The prosecution is seeking a 15 year prison sentence for Serop Der-Boghossian, the American-Armenian businessman now being tried for paedophilia. Below, we present the views of a number of known public figures regarding the case.
12:08 | October 21, 2011
According to Mustafa Edib Yilmaz, business editor of the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman, the volume of trade between Armenia and Turkey today is considered to be around 400 million dollars, which is an figure.
14:51 | September 2, 2011
People shouldn’t find it somewhat contradictory when I state that I prefer the current situation, when the NKR isn’t a direct participant in the negotiations. Why? I believe the negotiations process isn’t following the correct path. The reason for this can be laid at the mistaken foreign policy adopted by the first leaders of the RoA.
13:36 | July 7, 2011
Davit Rstakyan, President of the "Virk" party in Georgia stated today at a press conference that schools teaching in the languages of national minorities in the country do not operate de-jure but de-facto.
12:06 | June 9, 2011
Arman Melikyan, a former Artsakh foreign minister, stated at a press conference today that Levon Ter-Petrosyan will be too old to run for the presidency of Armenia in the 2013 election.
20:29 | May 31, 2011
At yesterday's HAK (Armenian National Congress) rally in Yerevan's Freedom Square, Levon Zurabyan congratulated the gathered multitudes for the victory and declared that HAK would be pressing on in its drive to formulate a "legitimate" government via the constitutional process.
12:18 | May 27, 2011
"The richness of Adiyaman today is a result of the wealth left behind after the Armenians were exterminated. I realized this as a young man and have always fought against those who benefited as a result of such injustices," he told me.
18:26 | May 19, 2011
Ten years ago actor Aram Kostanyan moved to Istanbul, leaving the familiar stage in Yerevan for a new one waiting in Turkey. He's been teaching Armenian kids acting and staging plays ever since.
07:25 | May 13, 2011
"Oh yes, they ask us if we aren't ashamed to be living in Turkey. But why should we be embarrassed? Let the government of Armenia feel ashamed. Let the government do something positive so that people don't leave. Do you think it's a pleasure for us living with these Turks?"
17:26 | May 12, 2011
“If there was work to be had in Armenia I wouldn’t have left. But I couldn’t even get a cleaning job back there. They just want young girls. I want to go back and plan to after saving up some money in Turkey,” Anzhela said.
20:36 | May 4, 2011
Pakrat Estukyan, the Armenian edition editor at Agos weekly expressed the same thought, noting that at one time Armenians in Turkey constituted a nationality, a people, but that they had been reduced to a mere "community" today; and a religious one at that.
22:46 | April 25, 2011
25 year-old Ibrahim Yunal from Turkey will be visiting Armenia next month to shoot a film about Mt. Ararat. Born in the Cilician town of Tarsus, Ibrahim has been studying in Istanbul for the past five years. I caught up with him there.
04:55 | April 25, 2011
For reasons totally understandable, the Armenian community if Istanbul doesn’t commemorate the anniversary in as open a fashion as do others in the diaspora. This was born out at the Taksim Square vigil, where I saw none of the Armenians I had so far met while in Istanbul.
02:49 | April 23, 2011
Leaving the university, I noticed that workers had placed a giant Turkish flag on the building’s exterior. Later, an equally large banner of Ataturk appeared on the other university annex as well.
22:02 | April 22, 2011
A photo exhibition entitled “We Love Your Istanbul from the 19 Century till Today”, has recently opened at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Beyoglu.
05:33 | April 22, 2011
We took the small red “nostalgic” tram at Taksim Square for the ride down Istiklal towards Beyoglu. Not to confuse readers, I should note that all this is taking place on the European side of Istanbul, which is divided by the Golden Horn into the old and new districts.
04:32 | April 20, 2011
We headed up to Taksim Square. My eye caught a small red tram filled with people on their way back down Istiklal towards Beyoglu and Galata. I was reminded of a scene from Henri Verneuil’s film “Mayrik” showing a tram travelling down a cobblestone street.
Articles Istanbul Dairy: April 18, 2011
01:37 | April 19, 2011
Our bus hugged the coast of the Sea of Marmara, passing the neighbourhood of Kumkapı, the seat of the Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Aksaray, now a commercial neighbourhood where many traders from Armenia do their wholesale shopping.
11:20 | April 1, 2011
Hetq speaks to Avetik Ishkhanyan, President of the Armenian Helsinki Committee, regarding the growing number of complaints lodged by inmates at the nation’s correctional facilities.
11:20 | March 31, 2011
Overcrowding, Parole Board Rejections, Top Their Demands Hetq speaks to Avetik Ishkhanyan, President of the Armenian Helsinki Committee, regarding the growing number of complaints lodged by inmates at the nation’s correctional facilities. Inmates at ...
14:48 | March 22, 2011
Vahe Grigoryan, the lawyer for Hetq reporter Grisha Balasanyan who initiated a slander suit against MP Ruben Hayrapetyan, predicted today that they won win the case if the court employed the same rationale it used in the case when Hayrapetyan and two other ...
14:48 | March 22, 2011
Vahe Grigoryan, the lawyer for Hetq reporter Grisha Balasanyan who initiated a slander suit against MP Ruben Hayrapetyan, predicted today that they won win the case if the court employed the same rationale it used in the case when Hayrapetyan and two other MP’s sued the newspaper Haykakan Zhamanak.
13:36 | March 10, 2011
Dolphinarium Must Undergo an Environmental Impact Study Two Armenian NGO’s, the Bird Lovers’ Center and Ecotar, have filed a legal suit against the RA Ministry of Nature Protection. The plaintiffs argue that the Ministry has yet to conduct an environmental ...
16:30 | March 7, 2011
U.N. Sponsored Project Hits Snags In June 2010, the United Nations Yerevan Office spent $700,000 to build a twenty apartment house for refugees in the village of Kasakh just over the Yerevan city line. Ten months after being completed, the apartment ...
Articles Refugees Keep Waiting for Housing
15:17 | February 18, 2011
“At one time, Geghamyan and others were declaring the same type of rhetoric. Today, the people have matured to the point that such statements aren’t viewed as credible. This is the reason why the HAK doesn’t engage in populist politics,” said Paskevichyan.
Articles “Frankenstein Food” in Armenia?
15:43 | February 4, 2011
Vahakn Hovnanian, an American-Armenian businessman best known in Armenia for his Vahakni Community real estate holdings, told reporters today that he was totally taken aback by allegations that his longtime friend Serop Der-Boghossian was a closet pedophile.
16:09 | January 14, 2011
Today, former Armenian Prime Minister and economist Hrant Bagratyan took aim at various government officials and lambasted them for their inaccurate forecasts and lack of professionalism.
Articles 2010: The Media in Review
15:30 | December 27, 2010
We should point out that despite the decriminalization of slander and defamation, Article 344 remains in the RA Criminal Code. It deals with slander of “Judges, prosecutors, investigators, case examiners or bailiffs from the Compulsory Enforcement Service.” Given the particulars involved, one can be sentence to up to 4 years according to the Article. In effect, it remains a convenient weapon in the hands of the authorities; to be brandished whenever reporters and journalists start to critically cover the issues of the day.
14:27 | December 17, 2010
Commenting on yesterday’s decision by Armenia’s State Radio and Television Committee that deprived his ALM TV company a digital broadcasting license, Tigran Karapetyan labelled the process “unfair”.
Articles A Nutritional “Caveat Emptor”
15:40 | December 13, 2010
Armenia’s State Revenue Committee, responding to a Hetq query, stated that between 2007 and the first half of 2010, it had not uncovered any attempts to smuggle meat or meat byproducts into the country.
16:21 | December 2, 2010
“Luckily, 99% of the diaspora supported those actions and the mood in Soviet Armenia was also positive. I don’t regard those actions as ‘terrorism’. That was American and European propaganda they employed after leaving us and other people no other choice with which to defend our interests. Even the judge in the trial disallowed the use of the word ‘terrorist’. But if the only way of reaching our goals is terrorism, then I have no problem with that,” said Sislyan.
16:21 | December 2, 2010
Today, in Yerevan, there was a press reception for a book entitled "A Trial of Armenians in Paris", that deals with the court case of four young ASALA members who took over the Turkish embassy in Paris in 1981. Two of the four "Van Operation" activists were ...
12:30 | December 2, 2010
According to information supplied to Hetq by the RA Police, 49 foreigners wanted overseas were detained and extradited to law enforcement officials back in their home countries during 2007 – 2010.
12:30 | December 2, 2010
According to information supplied to Hetq by the RA Police, 49 foreigners wanted overseas were detained and extradited to law enforcement officials back in their home countries during 2007 – 2010. 27 of the 49 detained were citizens of Russia, 12 from ...
14:30 | November 22, 2010
According to the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 4,635 citizens of Armenia were deported from foreign counties during the period January 1, 2007 to September, 2010. That works out to 103 individuals each month. 69 of them were being tracked by law enforcement. These stats were compiled by RA Consulates overseas.
13:38 | November 18, 2010
Our first meeting was circumstantial. Considering my traditional sexual orientation, let me confess, I was surprised that Lilit is not like me and million others. She is bisexual. Lilit is over 40 years old. She says that for a long time she had been like the rest of us – heterosexual. “Many years ago it happened that I met a girl. She suggested it. We got friendly and started living together.”
Articles Municipal Pantheon Under Siege
13:30 | October 18, 2010
On October 6, Emil Stepanyan, the son of poet Anjela Stepanyan, telephoned the staff at the Derenik Demirchyan House-Museum in Yerevan. He wanted to know if they were aware of the fact that the bust of the famous Armenian novelist and playwright had disappeared from the Central (Tokhmakh) Cemetery’s Municipal Pantheon.
11:38 | October 7, 2010
Commenting on moves to push through legislation to raise the salaries of MP’s, People’s Party President Tigran Karapetyan said, “As far as I know, it’s the proposal of Raffi Petrosyan, as if he is the hungriest MP of the lot.”
14:35 | October 6, 2010
Claims the party will win seats in 2012 parliamentary election Tigran Karapetyan, leader of Armenia’s People Party, stated today that he would be throwing his hat in the ring for the 2013 presidential elections and that the party is definitely participating ...
16:00 | September 27, 2010
On the night of July 26 the bronze bust of Mkhitar Heratsi, the father of Armenian medicine, disappeared from in front of the entrance to the Vladimir Avagyan Medical Center at 15 Moskovyan Street, Yerevan The bronze bust of Amirdovlat Amasiatsi, another medieval Armenian physician, was also displayed nearby. The thieves, it seems, didn’t have time to steal this one as well.
16:00 | September 27, 2010
On the night of July 26 the bronze bust of Mkhitar Heratsi, the father of Armenian medicine, disappeared from in front of the entrance to the Vladimir Avagyan Medical Center at 15 Moskovyan Street, Yerevan The bronze ...
16:00 | September 23, 2010
St. Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbekir Now Undergoing Renovation In November, 2009, the St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in Kayseri was reopened and re-consecrated after being renovated. At present, renovation work is being carried out on the Armenian ...
16:00 | September 23, 2010
In November, 2009, the St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in Kayseri was reopened and re-consecrated after being renovated. At present, renovation work is being carried out on the Armenian Church in Malatya and the St. Giragos Church in Diyarbekir.
14:21 | September 2, 2010
At a seminar held today in Yerevan of Armenian journalists and representatives of Turkish educational and civil structures, Behlul Ozkan, an instructor of foreign relations at Istanbul’s Bogazici University, stated that there would be no progress in Armenian-Turkish relations without positive developments on the Karabakh front.
14:21 | September 2, 2010
Turkey wants to see positive signs before border is opened At a seminar held today in Yerevan of Armenian journalists and representatives of Turkish educational and civil structures, Behlul Ozkan, an instructor of foreign relations at Istanbul’s Bogazici ...
14:36 | August 17, 2010
Republican Party parliamentary faction Secretary Edvard Sharmazanov said today that Armenia shouldn’t sit idly by while Azerbaijan continues to increase its military spending. The ruling party spokesman used this argument, and pointed to continued bellicose ...
14:36 | August 17, 2010
Republican Party parliamentary faction Secretary Edvard Sharmazanov said today that Armenia shouldn’t sit idly by while Azerbaijan continues to increase its military spending. The ruling party spokesman used this argument, and pointed to continued bellicose statements coming out of Baku, for the need to increase the contract for the Russian military base in Armenia till the year 2044.
13:34 | August 17, 2010
Responding to statements made the other day by Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Baku that the Karabakh conflict must be settled according to the principle of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, Edvard Sharmazanov, the secretary of the ruling Repiublican ...
13:20 | August 17, 2010
Responding to statements made the other day by Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Baku that the Karabakh conflict must be settled according to the principle of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, Edvard Sharmazanov, the secretary of the ruling Repiublican Party faction in the RoA National Assembly, noted that the upper political echelons of Turkey had learnt their lessons from the Third Reich’s Propaganda Minister Goebbels’ quite well.
12:23 | August 12, 2010
Hetq has learnt from reliable sources that Colonel Felix Baghdasaryan was dismissed as commander of the "N" military unit in Martuni, NKR. This was the base where several soldiers and officers were killed on July 27 and 28. After the tragic incident, that ...
12:23 | August 12, 2010
Hetq has learnt from reliable sources that Colonel Felix Baghdasaryan was dismissed as commander of the “N” military unit in Martuni, NKR. This was the base where several soldiers and officers were killed on July 27 and 28.
16:02 | August 10, 2010
RoA National Academy Historian Says Sevres Still Valid When asked by Hetq if the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne did not in fact annul and supersede the 1920 Treaty of Sevres, Ashot Melkonyan, Director of the History Institute at the RoA National Academy ...
17:44 | July 29, 2010
Grisha Baghiyan, who heads the State Food Safety and Veterinary Inspectorate with the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture, has told Hetq that the importation of meat from two provinces in China has been prohibited.
10:41 | July 29, 2010
Grisha Baghiyan, who heads the State Food Safety and Veterinary Inspectorate with the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture, has told Hetq that the importation of meat from two provinces in China has been prohibited. The likely cause is the outbreak of "O" type ...
17:35 | July 23, 2010
A well-informed Hetq source inside the Yerevan Brandy Company, whose main brand is Ararat, reports that during the past few years large amounts of distilled spirits have mysteriously disappeared from the plant’s vaults. The source claims that 300-400 tons has gone missing just within the past year alone.
11:45 | July 23, 2010
A well-informed Hetq source inside the Yerevan Brandy Company, whose main brand is Ararat, reports that during the past few years large amounts of distilled spirits have mysteriously disappeared from the plant’s vaults. The source claims that 300-400 tons ...
17:35 | July 22, 2010
In 2009, the Armenian government declared that frozen buffalo meat had been discovered in meat imported from India to Armenia. It turns out that there are 17 companies in India that are certified and meet required standards and that they supply 85% of the market.
12:29 | July 22, 2010
Most meat imported from India to Armenia is "unfit for human consumption" In 2009, the Armenian government declared that frozen buffalo meat had been discovered in meat imported from India to Armenia. It turns out that there are 17 companies in India that ...
17:16 | June 8, 2010
A memorial to honor the 17 residents of the village of Kaghartz who died in the Artskah War was recently unveiled in the community that is located in the Martuni region of the NKR. The memorial is next to one dedicated to those who died in the Great Patriotic War (WWII).
15:00 | June 8, 2010
A memorial to honor the 17 residents of the village of Kaghartz who died in the Artskah War was recently unveiled in the community that is located in the Martuni region of the NKR. The memorial is next to one dedicated to those who died in the Great Patriotic ...
Articles Karabakh Frontline Diary
17:39 | April 24, 2010
The main artery in Artsakh is the North-South Highway. Down in the south of the country, its terminus is an intersection known as the “9 kilometer”. A yellow traffic sign that reads the “Araks River Valley” points to a road leading off to the right. The other two roads at the intersection head of to the left and the other, straight ahead.
12:24 | December 8, 2009
An interview with Mher Harutyunyan, Director of the “Kajar”Analytical Center of Shushi and Assistant Professor of Historical Sciences at Artsakh State University. The NKR seeks to garner international recognition. This first step could be taken by the ...
16:53 | October 27, 2009
I wrote my first poems when I was around 15 or 16 years-old. I wrote mostly at night, when I could think deeply; when there was no one around to bother me” explains Private Rafik Melkonyan, “I also write her in the army, I write during the breaks while on patrol duty.”
14:07 | October 27, 2009
I wrote my first poems when I was around 15 or 16 years-old. I wrote mostly at night, when I could think deeply; when there was no one around to bother me" explains Private Rafik Melkonyan, "I also write her in the army, I write during the breaks while on ...
16:42 | May 26, 2008
Just a few days ago the Chief Mkhitaryan of the Legal Security Division of the ROA Police Department petitioned Armenia’s Administrative Court to sanction the deportation of Sefilyan. On May 23rd Vahe Grigoryan, Sefilyan’s lawyer, was handed the ...
21:13 | March 21, 2008
Mkrtich Sapeyan was the organizer of the Talin rally. As\such he was responsible for ensuring the safety of the crowds and to see that order was maintained. Naturally, he would have been responsible for any dissident or slanderous comments made during the ...
21:22 | February 11, 2008
Given that this is an extensive topic that is constantly being broached in the public relations blitz - at meetings, events, interviews and elsewhere, we’ll only focus on those clauses in their election platforms where the candidates touch upon the theme of corruption.
19:46 | December 24, 2007
On December 15, the daily Haykakan Zhamanak printed an article entitled “Vazgen Manukyan's Mein Kampf". The article (written by Garegin Asoyan) stated that on September 27, 1996, during a warranted search of Vazgen Manukyan's National Democratic Union (NDU) party office, a manuscript was confiscated which had been written by Manukyan, but in the third person.
12:46 | December 17, 2007
Agents from the Russian Ministry of the Interior’s Crime and Terrorism Department have arrested one of the men suspected of the attempted murder of Tigran Arzakantsyan, Armenian Member of Parliament and owner of the Great Valley Company.
17:42 | December 3, 2007
Hetq reported recently on the disagreement between programmer Hrayr Avanesyan and the Armenian Electric Networks, in particular the general director of the latter, Yevgeny Gladunchik. Gladunchik refused to recognize the ownership rights of Avanesyan regarding the computer program called Gold. The AEN uses this program to calculate the cost and quantity of the electricity it supplies.
Articles A Programmer Seeks Ownership Rights
15:53 | November 19, 2007
It all started towards the end of 2002, when the government sold the Armenian Electric Networks (AEN) company to a foreign enterprise called Midland Resources Holding and Yevgeny Gladunchik became the executive director of the company.
16:23 | November 5, 2007
On October 23rd in the center of the capital a scuffle broke out between a group of peaceful marchers and the police. The group of about fifty people was heading down Mashtots Avenue in the direction of the “Yeritasardakan” Metro Station close to Abovyan Street.
16:31 | October 29, 2007
Borik Mkrtchyan said that in 1992 he and his wife Anya were the only people left in the village of Vank in the Martakert region of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. Everyone else had been force to leave their homes, for Yerevan, a hostel, or somewhere else.
15:33 | October 15, 2007
“At 7:15 on August 6th, the Arabkir police station in Yerevan received an anonymous emergency call stating that Marcos Grigorian (born 1924) had been physically beaten at the house located at 57 Zarubyan Street. The investigative unit dispatched to the location discovered that at 4:20 on the same day two masked individuals had gained entry into the house by breaking through the metal railings of the door and afterwards proceeded to beat Marcos Grigorian about the head with a blunt instrument. They fled the scene after absconding with $200 and 60,000 Armenian drams. Marcos Grigorian was subsequently taken to hospital.”
Articles Hysteria Azerbaijani Style
16:38 | October 1, 2007
On September 26 at 4:10 a.m. Tigran Arzakantsyan, member of the Armenian Parliament, member of the Republican Party of Armenia, and owner of Great Valley, was attacked in the casino of Moscow’s Metropol Hotel. This is the second such incident involving Arzakantsyan in a Moscow casino, and it’s possible that the two incidents are related.
Articles Galajyan Accuses Former Teammates
14:08 | September 24, 2007
On September 15, at around 7 pm, Hovhannes Galajyan, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Isakakan Iravunk (True Right) was beaten by unknown assailants. This was the second such attack on Galajyan. The first occurred on September 6 last year, when he was assaulted, kicked and punched in the back and head by two strangers while leaving his house. The culprits behind the first attack have not been identified. A criminal case was filed this time as well, under Article 113 of the Criminal Code, which cites the willful inflicting of moderately severe damage to someone's health.
12:09 | September 17, 2007
This is what the telephone caller to the ”Hetq” office asked. Our first reaction was that the call was a prank since “Hetq” has published several articles about Alexandre Varbedian and the fact that for the past five years he has been denied an entry visa for Armenia. He has never been told the exact reason why. Mr. Varbedian, a French citizen, has a son and grandchild in Yerevan whom he cannot see.
Articles NSS Releases Alexander Arzoumanian
13:41 | August 20, 2007
The village of Jiliza in the Lori Marz is one of the northernmost villages in Armenia. Unlike other villages, Jiliza is completely cut off from any other Armenian villages and towns. The closest is the town of Alaverdi, fifteen kilometers away as the crow flies, and twenty-eight kilometers away by the road.
14:06 | August 13, 2007
For artist Arpineh Tokmajyan the question remains, “ This is the issue. If a citizen of Armenia doesn't disturb her neighbors, does she have the right to work in her apartment?”
13:18 | August 6, 2007
Today, on August 6 th , Judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan of the Kentron and Nork Marash Court of First Instance handed down guilty verdicts against Zhirayr Sefilyan, Commander of the Shushi Special Battalion, Vardan Malkhasyan, a member of the “Fatherland and Honor” political party and Karabakh freedom fighter Vahan Aroyan.
16:17 | July 16, 2007
The trial of Zhirayr Sefilyan, Vardan Malkhasyan and Vahan Aroyan, which had begun on July 2, was resumed on July 11 at the Court of First Instance of the Kentron and Nork-Marash districts of Yerevan. After Judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan had rejected numerous challenges submitted by the defense attorneys and after several statements had been made, the court proceedings finally entered the main examination phase.
14:24 | July 2, 2007
On June 27, the Investigative Board of the National Security Service (NSS) presented a motion to the Court of First Instance of the Kentron and Nork-Marash Municipalities to extend by two months the pre-trial detention of Alexander Arzoumanian, the former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia who was arrested on May 7, 2007 on charges of money laundering. The courts will review the motion, which calls for detaining Arzoumanian till September 7, today, July 2, 2007.
Articles Dissenters are Being Isolated
22:48 | May 14, 2007
On the night of May 7, at around 11.30 pm, National Security Service (NSS) agents arrested former Foreign Minister and founder of the Civil Disobedience Movement Alexander Arzoumanian as he returned home.
Articles The Authorities Seize an Opportunity
17:47 | March 19, 2007
Jirair Sefilyan's friends firmly believe that he has been isolated because of the parliamentary elections, since he has numerous followers and could have become a pivot for uniting the opposition.
17:35 | March 19, 2007
At about 10:30 or 11:00 at night on December 9, 2006, ten masked officers of the National Security Service burst into Beijing Restaurant on Tumanyan Street where Jirair Sefilyan and his Lebanese- Armenian friend Ralf Yirikyan, a citizen of Lebanon and the executive director of the company Vivacell, and their wives were having dinner.
17:19 | March 19, 2007
I would like to thank you for your initiative in investigating the real reasons of my and other political arrests in our country. I have refused to give any comments to the official investigating bodies, so thank you for giving me a chance to answer your questions.
17:53 | February 26, 2007
We reported on the destruction of the green zone between the residential apartment buildings at 19 Agayan Street and 56 Teryan Street in central Yerevan and launching of construction by the Nushikyan Association in the February 5 issue of Hetq.
17:44 | January 29, 2007
Residents of 64 Oganov Street, an apartment building in Yerevan's Malatia-Sebastia district, have been living in appalling conditions since last December 30th , when their sewage pipes began to freeze.
14:08 | October 9, 2006
The village of Meghradzor is located fifteen kilometers northwest of the city of Hrazdan, on the left bank of Marmarik River. With population of 2,500, it's larger than other villages in the area.
Interviews The Best Player on the Armenian Team
00:24 | June 12, 2006
The national chess team of Armenia has for the first time in history won the world chess Olympiad. The gold medals of the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin were awarded to grand masters Levon Aronyan, Vladimir Akopyan, Karen Asryan, Smbat Lputyan, Gabriel Sargsyan, Artashes Minasyan and coaches Arshak Petrosyan and Tigran Nalbandyan.