ArmInfo.Head of the State Control Service of Armenia, Davit Sanasaryan, evaluates the statements voiced by the Rector of Yerevan State University(YSU) Aram Simonyan on the eve of the New Year holidays "by manipulative and not confirmed facts." He stated this at a press conference on January 11. According to the head of the State Control Service, it is the actions of the management of the university that damage the authority of the educational institution, and not information about the abuses revealed by the Service.
According to him, the checks at the YSU revealed flagrant violations, but there can be no talk of political repression against the leadership of the university. "These statements are just manipulations from Simonyan," said Sanasaryan. The procurement process of 2.5 billion drams was studied at YSU. Checked the expenditure part of the income only leases. "We checked the data on payments for services rendered by the state university. Not even checks were carried out in the YSU branch in the city of Ijevan, the boarding houses of the university. It was important for us to get an idea of what is happening at YSU.
We do not place in question the authority of YSU, but we say that we will not allow unreasonably taking a single penny. Today's and past YSU students are well aware of what they are talking about, "Sanasaryan stressed. As the head of the department said, the beginning of the inspections was announced back in August 2018, and the inspections themselves have been carried out since October." We just wanted to check the state of affairs in Yerevan State University. And I have no personal problems with Simonyan. However, following the results of the inspections, we will definitely go to court, "Sanasaryan said. According to him, the law enforcement agencies will give a final assessment of the activities of the university management. Simonyan believes that the issue is related to his membership in the RPA. No matter who represents which party, the RPA, <Civil Contract> or other parties, all will respond according to the law, "Sanasaryan assured.
Now, as pointed out Sanasaryan, checks are carried out at the Medical University. "It is important for us to understand at what level the education process is," the head of the State Control Service emphasized. At the same time, according to him, the Service will conduct inspections in other state institutions.
Back in October 2018, the head of the State Control Service, David Sanasaryan, after a government meeting, told reporters that at Yerevan State University (YSU), abuses of at least 700 million AMD had been revealed. Sanasaryan described the abuses revealed in the main university of the country as "serious violations", "containing elements of a criminal offense". At the end of December, David Sanasaryan wrote on his Facebook page that the results of the inspections carried out at Yerevan State University during 2 months were transferred to the prosecutor's office. "According to our preliminary estimate, the fund was damaged in the amount of more than 800 million drams. I assure you that if we continue to study, it turns out that the amount of damage is much higher.
Details will be presented during a press conference soon", said David Sanasaryan. At the press conference, Aram Simonyan said that the Service had violated the law, and the main violation is that the checks are not over yet, and its head is already making "an absolutely unfounded statement, which refers to the abuse of 800 million drams." According to him, in the course of inspections and research activities were checked for more than 9.5 billion. They only expressed concern about the amount of 500 million, most of these are ridiculous and unfounded allegations made at a non-professional level, and the head of the service says about 800 million damage.
"This is done intentionally to discredit the YSU, its leadership, the activities of the university, to mislead the public for some purpose and try to fish in muddy water. What are the goals? It's hard for me to say, but it is obvious that this is done intentionally", the rector emphasized. "I also want to officially announce: we will appeal with the requirement of an appropriate legal assessment and file a lawsuit demanding compensation for the damage caused to us by the consequences of these statements of the Service and its manager, to restore our good reputation", Aram Simonyan pointed. David Sanasaryan responded to this statement on his Facebook page he wrote. "I watched the press conference of YSU Rector. Mr. Rector is either in a deep delusion or is trying to deceive the public. Our answer will be very painful."
To note, for more than 12 years, beginning in May 2006, occupying the post of YSU Rector Aram Simonyan has also been a member of the RPA, according to the official website of the party, for about 20 years, since 1998.