The Development Fund that Nobody Knows About

Issyk-Kul Development Fund was established to develop Issyk-Kul area i Kyrgyzstan, but where is the development?

960 millions som (14,5 million euros) were allocated in the period 2009 – 2011 for the development of the area, but the citizens hardly know the fund exists, shows this video investigation of Scoop supported team from K-News.

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Home Abortions Destroy Young Women

Young pregnant Armenian women see a new pill, Cytotec, as an easy way to get abortion.

It’s much, much cheaper than getting abortion in hospital and neither parents or the “father” will learn about it. But they harm themselves – in some cases for the rest of their life. Marianna Grigoryan from Medialab investigated the issue.

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Poisoned by the Drinking Water

Dozens of people felt sick during the summer of 2011 in the 11thneighbourhood of Nubarashen in Yerevan. Later it spread to neighbouring villages. The reason was clear: Water poisoning.

According to the official statement, 87 individuals received treatment for intestinal infection at the Nork Infectious Diseases Clinic and 13 in the villages. The intestinal infection will slowly damage the kidneys. One died, 16 year-old Lilit Mouradyan from Nor Kharberd, who had given birth one month before the incident, died from kidney failure on July 3, 2011 at the Erebouni Medical Center.

The water was poisonous, because the old pipes were leaking, and sewage was seeping into the drinking water. Criminal cases were launched regarding both cases. But after a year of investigation, the police reported that they couldn’t hold anybody responsible for the breach of hygienic rules.

Sara Petrosyan investigated the story and found not only illegal pipe connections, but also a long story of conflict and broken promises. Her articles were published on July 19 and 23, 2012.

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The Prisoner Who Didn’t Get Help

On 10th of October 2010 the Armenian criminal Slavik Voskanyan, 33, was transferred to the prison in Vanadzor in the Lori-region. He was in good health. Very good health. Two weeks later he died from poisoning in his leg.

How could this happen? Why didn’t he get treatment? The reporter Adrine Torosyan from Hetq investigated the matter.

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Repatriated Armenians Got the Cold Shoulder

When Turkmenistan became independent, hundreds of Armenians living there lost their legal rights to stay. The Armenian government and the International Migration Organisation brought them – tickets paid by Norway – back home, where everybody turned their back at them.

Valya Baghdasarian, who now lives in Sisian city, was one of them. She moved to Armenia in 2002 after many years in Turkmenistan:

“At the airport, they gave USD 100 to every adult and USD 50 to every child, and sent us to our places of residence, which we had left many years ago and where, as a matter of fact, we had no place to live. At the airport representatives of the International Organizations for Migration (IOM) promised us that they would try to help us through various programmes. However, their promises were never fulfilled. No one ever remembered us afterwards”.”

Susanna Shahnazaryan investigated the fate of repatriated Armenians and published her article in on January 26, 2011.

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No Borders for Pesticides

As other countries Armenia has introduced rules and controls of pesticides, but these dangerous substances are sold by unauthorized businessmen, the actual control  is slack and farmers know far to little how to use them.

All this is documented in an article by Susanna Shahnazaryan. The story was published in the Armenian online magazine Hetq on the 26th of July 2012.

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Dangerous drinking water

In one case, 87 people from the Nubarashen-neighbourhood in Yerevan, Armenia, had to receive medical treatment, in another inhabitants of the villages Nor Kharberd and Ayntap had to call the ambulance.

In both cases the drinking water from Yerevan Djur (Yerevan Water CSC) was heavily polluted. Sara Petrosyan took a closer look at the incidents – and what happened afterwards.

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Police brutality the Armenian way

Vahan Khalafyan was an ordinary petty criminal, but his death wasn’t: He died in police custody and after some public fuss some police officers were put on trial and convicted for mistreatment of their prisoner.

The family of Vahan Khalafyan, who was just one of six thieves arrested at the occasion, does not believe that he – as the police claims – committed suicide. It points to a number of conflicting evidence and to the fact that he was tortured by the police.

The case was followed and investigated by the Armenian reporter Zhanna Alexanyan, who published her articles at 22nd of April 2011 on the netbased

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You can also get an impression of the atmosphere in the courtroom in this video.

Workers underpaid in gold mine

Workers in the Deno Gold mine in Armenia had to go to court to get their salaries from the Canadian owned company.

There is no doubt, that Ashot Grigoryan and his colleagues were paid too late, too little and sometimes not at all. The matter was investigated by the Armenian authorities which in the end only asked the company to pay minor fines.

Sara Petrosyan from Hetq took a closer look at the salaries at a profitable mine.

The articles were published by the Armenian Center for Investigative Reporting, Hetq, on 29th of November and 12th of December 2010.

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Historical monument cracks

The only church from the Greek period of Armenias history, in Bashkend, has to be removed. According to research funded by Scoop, its walls are cracking due to mining in the area. The reporter Gohar Isakhanyan took a closer look at the non-Armenian monuments in the Syunik-region.

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