Sunday, October 31, 2010

What really happened between Biden and Sargsyan? Is the truth really being told?

The recent YouTube video of Joe Biden telling an Armenian activist to tell his people that Sargsyan told him not to recognize the genocide has taken an interesting turn.

The initial official reaction from Armenia was that Sargsyan has never called Vice President Biden, though Biden had called him twice in April 2009.

I wonder if Biden was on a three-way call when Sargsyan asked the ANC (ARF) not to push  House Resolution 252, which would effectively force the U.S. government to recognize the Genocide. Sargsyan believed that passing such a resolution would hinder negotiations with Turkey. Knowing this, it makes me wonder if Biden was in fact telling the truth and now is stepping down from his statement so Sargsyan will not have fall out that could further damage his already frail hold in office.

And being that I'm really not sure who is telling the truth, I would be interested in hearing that recorded conversation that Armenia has given their approval to have made public.

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Panorama, Armenia
Oct 29 2010

Biden and Sargsyan agreed no precondition to normalize ties between Armenia and Turkey

The U.S. Embassy to Armenia spread information covering the official of the White House which reads:

`The Vice President and President Sargsian spoke twice in April 2009. In these calls, the Vice President told President Sargsian the United States believes that the normalization of relations with Turkey and the opening of borders would provide a path to a better future for Armenia and expressed the support of the United States for his
leadership. The Vice President expressed the Obama Administration's support for a Swiss proposal for a joint Armenia-Turkish statement on progress made toward normalizing relations. President Sargsian did not raise the issue of the content of President Obama's statement for Armenian Remembrance Day or seek a delay in consideration of House Resolution 252. Instead, the discussions between Vice President Biden and President Sargsian that were recently referenced by the Vice president were about the need to take immediate steps to improve Armenian-Turkish relations. The two leaders agreed that there should be no preconditions to normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey.'

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Open Letter to Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, Members of the Armenian Government and the National Assembly

Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, members of the Armenian Government and the National Assembly,

The rising death toll and the widespread abuse in the Armenian and Artsakh armies are alarming. Today the cause of the huge wave of public outrage is not only the arithmetic of losses or the fact that more Armenian soldiers are killed by their fellow servicemen than by the enemy, but also the inefficiency of the response from the Ministries of Defense of both Armenia and Artsakh.

Armenians both in Armenia and in Diaspora were shocked by the official statement of the Defense Ministry of Armenia in regards to the video recording of army abuse, condemning “the preparation and pre-meditated dissemination of such materials directed at compromising and defaming the Armenian Armed Forces.” This, of course, would include me among those to be punished for sounding an alarm of the inhuman treatment in the army. Such threats are clearly seen as an attempt to ban crime reporting, which is indispensable for law-enforcement.

Referring to the sadistic officer captured in the scandalous video, Mikayel Harutiunyan, the RA President’s Chief Military Adviser, was quoted by RFE/RL as saying that “such officers have no place in the army.” I absolutely agree with that statement as do most, including the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Marie L. Yovanovitch who went on the record as stating on October 12 in Los Angeles that she stood by this contention. However, in that context, it’s puzzling that the current Ministers of Defense of both Armenia and Artsakh, Colonel-General Seyran Ohanyan and Lieutenant-General Movses Hakobyan respectively, still “have a place in the army” after a more heinous incident on June 19, 2005, when, together with a number of high-ranking servicemen, they severely beat Pavel Manukyan who was afterward hospitalized unconscious.

Neither Seyran Ohanyan, nor Samvel Karapetyan, nor Vardan Balayan, nor Artur Harutiunyan, nor Vladik Khachatryan, nor Movses Hakobyan, the current Defense Minister of Artsakh, who participated in the gang beating of Pavel Manukyan have been held liable for the group violence. Isn’t this a green light for those officers who commit violence against soldiers without fear of punishment? Moreover, they can be promoted, just like Colonel-General Seyran Ohanyan and Lieutenant-General Movses Hakobyan were.
Unless the culprits are punished by the letter and the spirit of the law, our strong Armenian army will eventually be defeated from within. In order to avert this outcome, the atmosphere of impunity has to be eradicated in the Armenian army. The fastest way to achieve this would be:
  • Dismissing Colonel-General Seyran Ohanyan from his post of the Defense Minister of Armenia;
  • Entrusting the office of Defense Minister with someone who not only stands out for his contribution to the victory in the Artsakh war but also for being a law-abiding citizen;
  • Launching criminal probes into Pavel Manukyan’s gang beating on June 19, 2005, as well as into army abuses in general and punish those who have committed crimes;
  • Carrying out more scrupulous and more frequent monitoring of the military bases;
  • Encouraging crime reporting with safety guarantees;
  • Releasing those who recorded the video of the sadistic conduct and ensuring their safety.
I’m looking forward to your response and speedy action. I am always ready to serve our nation now and in the future regardless of the outcome of my request to you.

Sincerely yours,
Ara K. Manoogian
Artsakh Representative
Shahan Natalie Family Foundation, Inc.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

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Armenian Foreign Ministry: Armenian agencies ready to assist Medical fraud investigation

News from Armenia -
October 14, 2010 | 17:42

Armenian Foreign Ministry expresses regret over Armenian citizens’ involvement in the crimes in the U.S. health care system.

"We may only express regret that Armenian citizens have been involved in medical fraud crimes, according to the published information,” Press Secretary of Armenian Foreign Ministry Tigran Balayan informed

“If necessary, Armenian corresponding agencies will be ready to cooperate with U.S. agencies to assist with investigation,” Balayan stressed.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Armenians in America make history again!

And their ring leader and godfather according to the story below, "vor," which in Armenian means "butt."

"Vor" is not a mafia name. They have rendered it wrong. It's a Russian phrase "vor v zakone," a preatigious title in the Soviet/post-Soviet criminal world, which translates into Armenian as "Orenkov gogh." In English it sounds as absurd as a legal criminal. it's a Soviet relic. It's the Soviet version of a criminal Godfather.

But if you ask me, "vor" should be the ring leaders jailhouse name.

Shame on you criminals. I denounce you and those who are receiving your stolen money in Armenia. I hope they uncover who those who are receiving the money in Armenia are and they are punished somehow also.  If the FBI can provide us with who in Armenia is involved, I will be among those to actively go after them and expose who they are so that the people in Armenia can do what the justice system can not.

As for those who are feeling shame for the criminals in this story as being Armenian, yes, it is a blow to our nationality, but at the same time they are not like us and are most probably influenced by their upbringing of seeing how soviet-mafia rings worked.

Dozens charged with largest Medicare scam ever

NEW YORK – A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere charged 73 people. Most of the defendants were captured during raids Wednesday morning in New York City and Los Angeles, but there also were arrests in New Mexico, Georgia and Ohio.

The scheme's scope and sophistication "puts the traditional Mafia to shame," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at a Manhattan news conference. "They ran a veritable fraud franchise."

Unlike other cases involving crooked medical clinics bribing people to sign up for unneeded treatments, the operation was "completely notional," Janice Fedarcyk, head of the FBI's New York office, said in a statement. "The whole doctor-patient interaction was a mirage."

The operation was under the protection of an Armenian crime boss, known in the former Soviet Union as a "vor," prosecutors said. The reputed boss, Armen Kazarian, was in custody in Los Angeles.

Bharara said it was the first time a vor — "the rough equivalent of a traditional godfather" — had been charged in a U.S. racketeering case.

Kazarian, 46, of Glendale, Calif., and two alleged ringleaders — Davit Mirzoyan, 34, also of Glendale, and Robert Terdjanian, 35, of Brooklyn — were named in an indictment charging racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

The indictment accused Terdjanian and others of hatching other schemes involving stolen credit cards, untaxed cigarettes and counterfeit Viagra. It also alleges that during a meeting last year at a Brighton Beach restaurant, Terdjanian pulled a knife on someone who owed him money "and threatened to disembowel the individual if the debt was not paid."

A judge jailed Terdjanian without bail on Wednesday at a brief hearing. Afterward, his attorney said his client denies the charges.

Kazarian and Mirzoyan were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Authorities began the New York-based investigation after information on 2,900 Medicare patients in upstate New York — including Social Security numbers and dates of birth — were reported stolen.

The defendants in the New York case also had stolen the identities of doctors and set up 118 phantom clinics in 25 states, authorities said. The names were used to submit fake bills for care that was never given, they said.

Some of the phony paperwork was a giveaway: It showed eye doctors doing bladder tests; ear, nose and throat specialists performing pregnancy ultrasounds; obstetricians testing for skin allergies; and dermatologists billing for heart exams.

In the New York portion of the case, more $100 million in fraudulent bills were submitted and Medicare paid out at least $35 million, sometimes by wiring it to the clinics' banks accounts, investigators said.

Most of the defendants "were Armenian nationals or immigrants and many maintained substantial ties to Armenia" and criminals there, the indictment said. Couriers would often carry cash proceeds from the fraud back to Armenia, it added.

Prosecutors were seeking forfeiture of real estate in Las Vegas; Palm Springs, Calif.; and elsewhere, and of a 2007 Maserati and a 2006 Jaguar.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday,October 12, 2010

A video was placed on the web on October 11 featuring a history teacher beating and using offensive words to a student in Pushkin school N 8, Yerevan. According to the Ministry of Education and Science, the teacher has been dismissed today.

"The Ministry of Education and Science reiterates that protection of children's rights is a key provision in reforming the sector, and every case of school violence is unacceptable and condemnable," Ministry reported.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Gagik Tsarukyan highly critical of the situation in Armenian army

October 07, 2010 | 14:50

I am highly critical of the situation in the Armenian army, Leader of “Prosperous Armenia Party” (PAP) Gagik Tsarukyan told the reporters on Thursday.

According to him, a special committee should be set up to study the situation in the army. “Today the army is one of the most important and pivotical state institutions. Law and order should dominate the army for our children to serve safely. An investigation should be conducted and those guilty be punished,” Tsarukyan emphasized.

As reported previously, commenting on violations of law in the army, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan stressed incidents in the army occurred before as well. According to him, however, mass media have launched a campaign against the Ministry of Defense.

Aram Ter-Sahakyan appointed Acting Chief of Armenian Military Police

October 07, 2010 | 14:28

Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan signed a decree appointing Colonel Aram Ter-Sahakyan Acting Chief of Armenian Military Police.

He was the Vice-Chief for investigation and search operations at RA Military Police and former Chief of Military Police of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian Defense Ministry informed

Officer to be strictly punished for harassment against soldier, Armenian Minster

Thu 07 October 2010 05:30 GMT | -2:30 Local Time

An officer who humiliated a soldier in a scandalous video on YouTube will be punished very strictly, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said.

A video in which young people in the uniform of the armed forces of Armenia are subjected to pressure, humiliation and abuse appeared on YouTube on September 11. The operative measures made it clear that mayor of N military unit being at a drunken state abused and mocked at two soldiers. Galstyan was arrested and he was charged over abuse of powers.

“The video posted on YouTube was released at the order of the Defense Minister with the efforts of the military police and commanders of this military unit. Then I said that those responsible will be arrested and held accountable and we saw that it happened”, Ohanyan said.

He called this case an unpleasant and a negative event for the Armenian armed forces, especially for officers.

The minister said that this is a very negative event for the officer “however, the command staff reported me that this officer is a war participant and he is quite responsible in fulfilling his duties when not drunken”.

Commenting on his own statement that those who spread this information will also be punished, Ohanyan said that those who recorded this incident and spread the video, will also be revealed. If law enforcement bodies make it clear that they should be punished, they will be held accountable”, he said.

Armenian defense minister on Murphy’s law

October 06, 2010 | 20:36

“I have the impression that mass media have launched a campaign against the Ministry of Defense,” Armenian Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan told reporters.

According to Ohanyan, Armenian mass media have lately been too attentive to relations in the ministry in his charge. “The ex-chief of the military police Vladimir Gasparyan has been appointed deputy minister at my suggestion. I think he has sufficient experience for this work. Promotion is encouraging for any official,” the Minister said.

Commenting on violations of law in the army, Ohanyan stressed incidents occurred before as well. “More victims may have been this year, but there were incidents before as well. However, they were not so widely discussed by the media before,” the Minister complained. He stressed that the command staff are concerned with preventing army incidents.

“Murphy’s law is working – the more you try the worse it is. Media reports create the impression that all the agencies are holy, but the defense office is the only vicious one,” Ohanyan said with indignation. He claimed most media reports do not correspond to the facts so he ignores them.