Caucasus Investigations

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. See […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Read the original story (Armenian) Read the story in English