Activists Warn of Poaching in Khosrov Forest State Preserve

Armenia -- Environmental activist Mariam Sukhudian holds up the torn head of a bezoar goat, Khosrov reserve, 18Sep2012

Armenia — Environmental activist Mariam Sukhudian holds up the torn head of a bezoar goat, Khosrov reserve, 18Sep2012

Environmental activists Mariam Sukhudian and Yeghia Nersissian are blowing the whisle. They have visted the “Kaqavaberd” area of Khosrov Forest State Preserve and discovered remnants of endangered animals around what seems to be festive bonfires of a group of hunters. Continue reading

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Armenia’s Shockingly Intelligent Thief

Samvel S., 49, was taken to the police on Tuesday, for having stolen from “Bukinist” bookstore the following two book titles: “Diary of a Genius” by Salvador Dali and “Mirovoye Isskustvo” (World Art).

Police are conducting an investigation.
Meanwhile, I was amazed by the thief’s fine taste. Given the current situation with book-reading and education in Armenia, this story was a big surprise. I don’t recall any story of book robbery in the past 10 years or more. And I seldom see anyone in Armenia reading such fine books.
If I were the police, I’d let the guy go and give him money to buy more books of this sort.
PS: There’s an old Armenian proverb – The one who steals books is not a thief. Too bad the police think otherwise.

Armenian Criminals Go Sophisticated, Hi-Tech and… Nuclear

The 18 grams of powder that were hidden in a lead-lined cigarette box so they could be smuggled past radiation detectors on the borders of the former Soviet Union. (c) Photo from Guardian.co.uk

Armenian criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and hi-tech, with the recent list of adventures including a $160 Million Medicare fraud in U.S., 29 million strong botnet of virus-inflicted computers around the world and now an attempt to sell 18 grams of weapon-grade, highly enriched uranium. Continue reading

Armenia: a safe country for foreigners?

S7001897 “Armenia is a very safe country, Yerevan is a safe place” I usually tell foreign friends and colleagues visiting Armenia and leave them free to explore it as much as they like, they are all grown ups, after all.

Latest crime figures released by Armenia’s Police for the first 9 months of this year will certainly make me think twice before I let my foreign guests walk free of my company from now on.

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Prominent oppositionists released on amnesty

Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian and a group of his supporters released from jail pose for a photograph on 22 June, 2009 | Photolur photo, via RFE/RL

Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian and a group of his supporters released from jail pose for a photograph on 22 June, 2009 | Photolur photo, via RFE/RL

Two members of parliament,  a former foreign minister, a former deputy to Prosecutor-General among 19 or so other oppositionists, walked out of courts and were released from prison in a matter of 2 days as an amnesty put forward by President Sarkisian and approved by the National Assembly last Friday came into action. Continue reading