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Alexander Arzumanyan Released

Press reports that former foreign affairs minister, Alexander Arzumanyan, was released from custody yesterday evening. Mr. Arzumanyan  had been detained on charges of money laundering and was being kept in the NSS building for several months. It is worth noting, that very recently a court extended his detention period on ground that if set free he would be able to influence the investigation, however Mr. Arzumanyan was released after the General Attorney’s Office concluded there was no need to keep him in custody.
This comes at a time, when talk of Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s participation in next year’s elections in steadily gathering pace. Mr. Arzumanyan was foreign minister in the first president’s cabinet and his release fits well with rumors of Mr. Ter-Petrosyan’s comeback being staged by the authorities.

By Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant

4 replies on “Alexander Arzumanyan Released”

Well, it’s interesting the HHSh link to all of this although it is notable that Arzumanian was not openly involved with Aylentrank or Impeachment before and during the 12 May parliamentary election. Also, I thought that Arzumanian was one of the main figures inside the dissident Armat faction or have things changed?

Arzumanyan was the founder (i think) of the “Qaxaqaciakan anhnazandutyun” (civil unrest) movement – a somewhat short lived and rather obscure organization. They held a couple of demonstrations, but then apparently ran out of steam and “impeachment” was there to take over.
I am not sure about Arman, I believe there’s Bleyan etc., but I’m not sure about his involvement now.

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