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Lawyers representing the family of a man who was beaten to death at a Yerevan restaurant in June condemned on Thursday the criminal investigation into the assault that has been mostly completed by the Armenian police. 

They claimed that police investigators have deliberately failed to identify and punish all individuals responsible for the death of Vahe Avetian, a military doctor who was attacked at the Harsnakar restaurant along with several friends and colleagues.

A senior police official overseeing the investigation said on Wednesday that a criminal case against six men arrested in connection with the incident is complete and will be sent to the two lawyers for Avetian’s family for review. Under Armenian law, the case must be sent to court after being reviewed by both the lawyers and state prosecutors. The latter can delay the judicial process with petitions to police investigators.

The attorneys, Lusine Hakobian and Tigran Yegorian, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) that they received a copy of the case late on Wednesday and were given only 36 hours to familiarize themselves with its materials. They claimed that this was done deliberately to prevent them from studying the file in detail and exposing its flaws. They demanded that the police give them one month to scrutinize the criminal charges leveled against the six suspects, most of them restaurant security guards.

“The materials of the case are about 1,000 pages long,” said Hakobian. “That time cannot be considered reasonable even for reading a piece of fiction, which doesn’t require serious analysis and petitions.”

“We were deprived of possibilities of taking any action,” Yegorian complained for his part. He said even a brief look at the case is enough to understand that the police inquiry has been flawed.

Arsen Azarian, a senior official at the police Directorate General of Criminal Investigations, said on Wednesday that the inquiry will continue during and after the upcoming trial. Azarian said the investigators believe that the six jailed suspects were not the only individuals who brutally beat Avetian and two other army doctors. He said they have been unable to identify more suspects.

Yegorian criticized Azarian’s remarks, saying that the police have not done enough to clarify all circumstances of the June 17 incident. “It is wrong to separate a case on unknown individuals that should have been identified but have not been identified during the investigation,” he said.

Source: RFE/RLOriginial Article

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Lawyers representing the family of a man who was beaten to death at a Yerevan restaurant in June condemned on Thursday the criminal investigation into the assault that has been mostly completed by the Armenian police. 

They claimed that police investigators have deliberately failed to identify and punish all individuals responsible for the death of Vahe Avetian, a military doctor who was attacked at the Harsnakar restaurant along with several friends and colleagues.

A senior police official overseeing the investigation said on Wednesday that a criminal case against six men arrested in connection with the incident is complete and will be sent to the two lawyers for Avetian’s family for review. Under Armenian law, the case must be sent to court after being reviewed by both the lawyers and state prosecutors. The latter can delay the judicial process with petitions to police investigators.

The attorneys, Lusine Hakobian and Tigran Yegorian, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) that they received a copy of the case late on Wednesday and were given only 36 hours to familiarize themselves with its materials. They claimed that this was done deliberately to prevent them from studying the file in detail and exposing its flaws. They demanded that the police give them one month to scrutinize the criminal charges leveled against the six suspects, most of them restaurant security guards.

“The materials of the case are about 1,000 pages long,” said Hakobian. “That time cannot be considered reasonable even for reading a piece of fiction, which doesn’t require serious analysis and petitions.”

“We were deprived of possibilities of taking any action,” Yegorian complained for his part. He said even a brief look at the case is enough to understand that the police inquiry has been flawed.

Arsen Azarian, a senior official at the police Directorate General of Criminal Investigations, said on Wednesday that the inquiry will continue during and after the upcoming trial. Azarian said the investigators believe that the six jailed suspects were not the only individuals who brutally beat Avetian and two other army doctors. He said they have been unable to identify more suspects.

Yegorian criticized Azarian’s remarks, saying that the police have not done enough to clarify all circumstances of the June 17 incident. “It is wrong to separate a case on unknown individuals that should have been identified but have not been identified during the investigation,” he said.

Source: RFE/RLOriginial Article

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Lawyers representing the family of a man who was beaten to death at a Yerevan restaurant in June condemned on Thursday the criminal investigation into the assault that has been mostly completed by the Armenian police. 

They claimed that police investigators have deliberately failed to identify and punish all individuals responsible for the death of Vahe Avetian, a military doctor who was attacked at the Harsnakar restaurant along with several friends and colleagues.

A senior police official overseeing the investigation said on Wednesday that a criminal case against six men arrested in connection with the incident is complete and will be sent to the two lawyers for Avetian’s family for review. Under Armenian law, the case must be sent to court after being reviewed by both the lawyers and state prosecutors. The latter can delay the judicial process with petitions to police investigators.

The attorneys, Lusine Hakobian and Tigran Yegorian, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) that they received a copy of the case late on Wednesday and were given only 36 hours to familiarize themselves with its materials. They claimed that this was done deliberately to prevent them from studying the file in detail and exposing its flaws. They demanded that the police give them one month to scrutinize the criminal charges leveled against the six suspects, most of them restaurant security guards.

“The materials of the case are about 1,000 pages long,” said Hakobian. “That time cannot be considered reasonable even for reading a piece of fiction, which doesn’t require serious analysis and petitions.”

“We were deprived of possibilities of taking any action,” Yegorian complained for his part. He said even a brief look at the case is enough to understand that the police inquiry has been flawed.

Arsen Azarian, a senior official at the police Directorate General of Criminal Investigations, said on Wednesday that the inquiry will continue during and after the upcoming trial. Azarian said the investigators believe that the six jailed suspects were not the only individuals who brutally beat Avetian and two other army doctors. He said they have been unable to identify more suspects.

Yegorian criticized Azarian’s remarks, saying that the police have not done enough to clarify all circumstances of the June 17 incident. “It is wrong to separate a case on unknown individuals that should have been identified but have not been identified during the investigation,” he said.

Source: RFE/RLOriginial Article

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Lawyers representing the family of a man who was beaten to death at a Yerevan restaurant in June condemned on Thursday the criminal investigation into the assault that has been mostly completed by the Armenian police. 

They claimed that police investigators have deliberately failed to identify and punish all individuals responsible for the death of Vahe Avetian, a military doctor who was attacked at the Harsnakar restaurant along with several friends and colleagues.

A senior police official overseeing the investigation said on Wednesday that a criminal case against six men arrested in connection with the incident is complete and will be sent to the two lawyers for Avetian’s family for review. Under Armenian law, the case must be sent to court after being reviewed by both the lawyers and state prosecutors. The latter can delay the judicial process with petitions to police investigators.

The attorneys, Lusine Hakobian and Tigran Yegorian, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) that they received a copy of the case late on Wednesday and were given only 36 hours to familiarize themselves with its materials. They claimed that this was done deliberately to prevent them from studying the file in detail and exposing its flaws. They demanded that the police give them one month to scrutinize the criminal charges leveled against the six suspects, most of them restaurant security guards.

“The materials of the case are about 1,000 pages long,” said Hakobian. “That time cannot be considered reasonable even for reading a piece of fiction, which doesn’t require serious analysis and petitions.”

“We were deprived of possibilities of taking any action,” Yegorian complained for his part. He said even a brief look at the case is enough to understand that the police inquiry has been flawed.

Arsen Azarian, a senior official at the police Directorate General of Criminal Investigations, said on Wednesday that the inquiry will continue during and after the upcoming trial. Azarian said the investigators believe that the six jailed suspects were not the only individuals who brutally beat Avetian and two other army doctors. He said they have been unable to identify more suspects.

Yegorian criticized Azarian’s remarks, saying that the police have not done enough to clarify all circumstances of the June 17 incident. “It is wrong to separate a case on unknown individuals that should have been identified but have not been identified during the investigation,” he said.

Source: RFE/RLOriginial Article

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  5. Police See More Suspects In Yerevan Assault Case

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Lawyers representing the family of a man who was beaten to death at a Yerevan restaurant in June condemned on Thursday the criminal investigation into the assault that has been mostly completed by the Armenian police. 

They claimed that police investigators have deliberately failed to identify and punish all individuals responsible for the death of Vahe Avetian, a military doctor who was attacked at the Harsnakar restaurant along with several friends and colleagues.

A senior police official overseeing the investigation said on Wednesday that a criminal case against six men arrested in connection with the incident is complete and will be sent to the two lawyers for Avetian’s family for review. Under Armenian law, the case must be sent to court after being reviewed by both the lawyers and state prosecutors. The latter can delay the judicial process with petitions to police investigators.

The attorneys, Lusine Hakobian and Tigran Yegorian, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) that they received a copy of the case late on Wednesday and were given only 36 hours to familiarize themselves with its materials. They claimed that this was done deliberately to prevent them from studying the file in detail and exposing its flaws. They demanded that the police give them one month to scrutinize the criminal charges leveled against the six suspects, most of them restaurant security guards.

“The materials of the case are about 1,000 pages long,” said Hakobian. “That time cannot be considered reasonable even for reading a piece of fiction, which doesn’t require serious analysis and petitions.”

“We were deprived of possibilities of taking any action,” Yegorian complained for his part. He said even a brief look at the case is enough to understand that the police inquiry has been flawed.

Arsen Azarian, a senior official at the police Directorate General of Criminal Investigations, said on Wednesday that the inquiry will continue during and after the upcoming trial. Azarian said the investigators believe that the six jailed suspects were not the only individuals who brutally beat Avetian and two other army doctors. He said they have been unable to identify more suspects.

Yegorian criticized Azarian’s remarks, saying that the police have not done enough to clarify all circumstances of the June 17 incident. “It is wrong to separate a case on unknown individuals that should have been identified but have not been identified during the investigation,” he said.

Source: RFE/RLOriginial Article

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Ukraine: Cops Go After Casinos, Suggest Yanukovych Connection

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21:45, December 15, 2014

Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs has launched a campaign against illegal casinos amid fears that a large network of underground gambling dens could be providing an income source for the son of the country’s disgraced former president Viktor Yanukovych.

The new crackdown on unlawful casinos – an ongoing scourge for law enforcement agencies in Ukraine since regulation was made stiffer with a 2009 law – was launched on Dec. 8 after an announcement on Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov’s official Facebook page.

Avakov, who keeps a lively and occasionally angry Facebook commentary on current affairs, pledged to put a complete stop to the establishments within ten days; first in the capital of Kyiv, then the rest of the nation.

“The police will no longer be either arbitrator or guard for all the cunning dubious schemes of gamblers and lottery players,” he wrote. In the past week, the ministry has announced raids on casinos in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

It was after the Dec. 13 shutdown of one such establishment in Kyiv that the ministry warned of a possible Yanukovych connection.

“It cannot be ruled out that Oleksandr Yanukovych, the ex-president’s son, could be behind this and a lot of other clandestine elite gaming establishments in the capital city through figureheads,” said Zorian Shkiriak, an advisor to Avakov. OCCRP has previously reported on Oleksandr Yanukovych’s connections to illegal coal mining operations in the country.

In his Facebook post, Avakov said the problem should be made into a profitable industry. “Legalize the casino!” he wrote. “Get strict regulations, limited amounts of points and legal billions of hryvnias [Ukraine’s currency] into the state budget, instead of dirty money in the pockets of different people providing cover!”

The 2009 law “On the prohibition of gambling business in Ukraine” was passed after a fire killed nine people and injured 11 others at a gambling hall in Dnipropetrovsk.

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Source: HetqOriginial Article

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Yerevan Calling: A Weekly Roundup of Random Musings from Armenia

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13:05, October 3, 2014

Here it is dear readers, the debut of a weekly column I hope to maintain on a regular basis.

It’s sort of a catch-all of news snippets, irreverent commentary, and personal observations on what’s happened during the week here in Yerevan, and throughout Armenia.. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting, if not slightly diverting.

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Regards – Hrant

Oct. 2 – Protests Throughout Armenia: A Game of Numbers & Solidarity

Three separate protest rallies took place in Armenia today.

As Hetq reported earlier, business owners in the town of Sevan kept their stores and factories shut to protest changes to the so-called volume (sales) tax. Local residents flocked to the bread factory to wait on line for a loaf or two.

Merchants and small retailers again gathered outside the government building in Yerevan to voice their opposition to the changes in the volume tax law that requires that they keep receipts for all inventory purchases and sales.

In Yerevan, vehicle owners who have bandied together in a group calling itself “Keep Away from Our Pockets” tried to drive through the city in a convoy of cars to protest paid parking spaces many argue is just a ruse for some oligarchs to make money. Police stopped them before getting too far.The bulk of the fines and fees don’t even go to the Yerevan city coffers but is kept as income by the corporation overseeing the parking spots. The drivers are also complaining about traffic fines they say are too exorbitant.

Taking you grievances to the street is a growing trend in Armenia – whether in towns or villages.

The largest and most successful to date were the sustained protests that took place in the summer of 2013 in Yerevan that eventually forced the municipal government to rescind public transportation fare hikes.

But ever since then, demos and protests seem to have lost their verve and vigor and are more and more issue specific. While this is to be expected (those immediately affected by this or that government decision are the first on the streets), the general citizenry once again seem resigned to whatever fate awaits them.

While attempts were made to broaden the participation of these mini-protests and to link their specific interests under some kind of umbrella movement, they proved unsuccessful.

Numbers and mutual solidarity remain elusive. Strategizing and innovative tactics are also lacking.

Three opposition political parties are gearing up for a joint rally on Oct. 10.  Let’s see if it will be more of the same old, same old…

Oct. 1 – Government Reappoints Thug as Syunik Governor

Hetq readers will know that SourikKhachatryan, the publicly disgraced and much maligned former Syunik Provincial Governor, was reinstated to his old job this week. Khachatryan was forced to temporarily step down after being implicated in a June shoot-out near his Goris home in which an Artsakh Army commander was seriously wounded and his brother killed.

Here’s a tit for tat exchange between HAK (Armenian National Congress) MP NikolPashinyan and Armenian Prime Minister HovikAbrahamyan in parliament regarding Khachatryan’s reinstatement.

Pashinyan (and I paraphrase here) – That man has been charged with expropriation of public property through fraud, auto theft, the beating of several individuals, one incident when he hit a prominent woman in a Yerevan hotel was caught on tape, the beating of a child because he had a quarrel with the father…Recently, this individual murdered a man by shooting him from such a position from his house that the cameras didn’t catch him…”

Abrahamyan – Who is this man you refer to? Oh, SourikKhachatryan. Well, I nominated him for reinstatement based on his years of experience in provincial governance and organizational skills.

The prime minister added: “I’ve also taken into account the wishes of the people of Syunik. Our studies show that a majority want him as their provincial governor.”

Oct. 1 – Diaspora Minister Receives “Good Job” Watch

Armenian Prime Minister HovikAbrahamyan visited Diaspora Minister HranoushHakobyan at her office bearing gifts. Well, one gift in particular. The PM bestowed Hakobyan with a commemorative “prime ministerial” watch for a job well done.

Now c’mon folks.A stinking watch? A grandfather’s clock would have been more appropriate.

Oct. 1 – Armenia is Getting “Old”

This is the view of GarikHayrapetyan, who heads the Yerevan Office of the UN Population Fund.

On Wednesday, which marked the International Day of the Elderly (we’ll all get there sometime), Hayrapetyan told journalists in Yerevan that 13% of Armenia’s population is over the age of 60. (That’s practically bordering on senility).

Anyway, he claimed that the country is fast approaching what is termed the ranks of “old countries” (you know, where the president or dictator walks around on crutches).

Right now, thank god, Armenia is merely considered “growing old”.

Khachatryan attributes the age imbalance to the fall in the birthrate after independence.

Less young people means less people to take care of the elderly. But I only know of one old-age home in Armenia. Who’s looking after the rest?

Sept. 30 – Aznavour Wants Turks and Armenians to Reconcile Before He Dies

In an interview with RTS (Radio Television of Serbia), Charles Aznavour is alleged to have said he hopes to see Armenians and Turks reconcile before he dies.

Bonne chance, mon ami. 

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China: President Takes Action Against High Ranking Corrupt Officials

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21:31, July 30, 2014

Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s most powerful former leaders, is under investigation in the highest-level corruption inquiry since the Communist Party came into power in 1949.

Under current president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is investigating Zhou for “serious disciplinary violations,” as the officialXinhua news agency reports. Media has not yet, however, specified the allegations against him.

The probe is an attempt to show the length to which Xi and the party will go in order to combat abuse of power reportsThe Wall Street Journal. 

A commentary published in the officialPeoples Daily makes the point that regardless of  an official’s rank or supporters, punishment will result for violating laws or the party’s discipline. 

In recent years an agreement has been in place  ensuring that for the sake of party unity,  most senior figures would not be investigated. Zhou’s case has been the first to break the agreement and is aimed at party purity instead. Communists are hoping to stay legitimate and to win more supporters. 

The anti-corruption campaign has realized its vow of no off-limit targets, says political scientist Zhang Ming in The Guardian.

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Armenian Gangs: Caught between an Archetype and a Cliché

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19:15, July 12, 2014

By Marineh Khachadour

“The whole thing started with a scene straight out of a mobster movie. It was around 6 p.m. when more than a dozen men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a North Hollywood parking lot. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly went mobile. The men took off in cars, exchanging fire as they weaved through the Whitsett Avenue traffic.”

Stories such as this are not unique to Armenians in the American press, but this investigative report recently published in the LA Weekly is about Armenian Power, the Los Angeles based Armenian gang that operates in the heavily Armenian populated communities of Glendale, Burbank, and North Hollywood.

The writer describes the members of the group as “gun-toting defendants” driving flashy cars “and connected to elaborate schemes in bank fraud, identity theft and other highly sophisticated white-collar crimes.”

Armenian Power originated in the 1980s by young Armenians, mainly from Soviet Armenia, to protect themselves from Mexican gangs in Los Angeles high schools. In time the organization developed working relations with the latter and shifted focus from fighting for territory to fighting for money and power.

My initial reaction to the report, like to all things Armenian, is visceral. Besides the fact that the horrific nature of the group’s actions turns my stomach, I feel angry. There are many positive contributions Armenians make to the communities they live in, so why point out the negative?

I think and catch myself in doing something very typically Armenian: reacting defensively when a non-Armenian criticizes my people. I immediately want to blame someone, mainly the person who is pointing a finger in my direction. This is a natural reaction for those of us who take pride in belonging to a lineage older than Noah’s Ark.

Ancient is the Armenian archetype – our intuitive behavior that has proven to withstand the test of time. We’ve been around so long, we consider ourselves to be wise and flawless. It is in our ethnic genome to revere the old and be doubtful of the new, to respect the elder as authority and dismiss the young as naive and inexperienced, to move in time and space, but not leave the past and the home we left behind. Any divergence from what has history and is the norm, we perceive as deficient, abnormal, lacking.

Young Armenians in American public schools faced with anything but the norm, as they know it, are caught by surprise like objects uprooted by cyclonic winds.

When life throws us into the realm of the unexpected or takes us out of our element, when it forces us to question our truths and face our shortcomings that make us seem not so perfect, we feel ashamed and become unforgiving. This quickly leads us on to the path of self-loathing. Our genesis, the very thing that is the source of our pride and the reason for our being, becomes our handicap in the youth-crazed, ever changing culture of the new world. We feel betrayed.

Additionally, we have been conditioned to put on our best face in public, regardless of what is going on inside. This archetype was reinforced during the Soviet era. We do not air our dirty laundry in public, but proudly display our clean, shiny load in front of our balconies and windows literally and figuratively. We even pride ourselves in the way we pin the pieces next to each other on the clothesline!

So, regardless of our circumstances, we find ways to put on a front like the well choreographed parades of the Soviet government. For God’s sake, we were the first people to adopt Christianity as our state religion! Never mind that our church is void of spirituality and our God cares more about the dead than the living.

Then we boast, and when others dare to not appreciate our genius with expected enthusiasm, we resort to demeaning, deprecating commentary and are not shy about projecting our negative feelings. No one is good enough, smart enough, deserving enough as Armenians. We’re the oldest and the wisest, and therefore most deserving of respect and appreciation.

More than once I have had to counsel a distraught Armenian parent complaining about how people make fun of their perfect child because he/she does not look or act like them.

When our expectations are not met, we are wounded and insulted. This is when the daredevil gene kicks in, and we don’t hesitate to give our perceived enemy a piece of our mind, or show off a flexed muscle.

We call this taseeb (honor): a sentiment that forces an Armenian to pick up a rifle and defend his physical and psychological turf. It is the same sentiment that drives a young Armenian to defend himself from insults and aggression, real or perceived, from a person of a different ethnicity in an American high school.

These archetypes are some of the underlying factors that lead Armenian youth into conflicting situations outside their circles.

In a new and changing world, old archetypes no longer serve the needs of the people, while the new ones are constantly elusive. Coupled with the desire to belong and to fit in, this drives people to adopt clichés that are readily available in a world congested with material, ideas and attitudes. Thus, to be accepted by the out-groups, to measure up and to be competitive, they quickly adopt what is more accessible to them for putting on the “perfect face.”

Designer clothing and accessories, Mercedes, BMW, Porches, attitudes and gestures we don’t quite grasp but admire, just about anything that we perceive as distinguishing and defining the out-group we are so eager to be a part of and be appreciated by, we collect. Clichés are easy to launder, polish, and pin on one’s life’s “clothes line”. Life in the new world becomes a long string of clichés.

In the absence of archetypes, reality is re-imagined, improvised like life on a theater stage, Marshall McLuhan explains. On this stage, young people are the characters of their own show, and there is nothing in the world more important than that until new archetypes take form.

The mafia or its modern day version – gangs that are a common occurrence in societies constantly in flux – is the stage where young people play out their roles. There have been Irish,   Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mexican gangs in America prior to the Armenians.

Every wave of new arrivals, every wave of change, brings with it a new set of expectations and challenges. While families try to decipher the laws, rules, and traditions of their new environment, the young tend to gravitate towards groups that fill the need for belonging and provide a security network.

Some, more than others, in every group are willing to break rules often to their own detriment while caught between archetypes of the old world and the clichés of the new.

Marineh Khachadour is an educator, writer, researcher working in a public school in Pasadena, California.  She lived in Armenia from 1992-1998. During that time she provided educational services and resources for Armenian women and children including refugees and served as Gender in Development Expert with UNDP, Armenia from 1995-1998.

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