State prosecutors investigating alleged abuses in Armenia’s energy sector have been told not to press criminal charges against Sebouh Tashjian, a US citizen of Armenian descent and a key minister in the administration of ex-president Levon Ter-Petrossian, RFE/RL has learned from reliable sources.
When a country sees its gross domestic product soar by over nine percent, making its economy one of the most rapidly growing in the world, it should presumably have a cause for celebration. But jubilation is the last thing most Armenians would want to indulge in as they enter into the 11th year of painful social and economic transformation. For the simple reason that the unprecedented upswing claimed by the government statistics has hardly improved their plight.
President Robert Kocharian said Thursday his three-day official visit to Tehran produced further progress towards the construction of an Iran-Armenia gas pipeline but admitted that the two neighbors still have to agree on several issues before launching the $124 million project.
“Azg” carries what it says is the list of the most influential politicians of Armenia compiled by a Moscow think thank. Topping it are President Robert Kocharian and Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian, followed by Prime Minister Andranik Markarian and Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian.