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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Serzh Sargsyan accused of organizing embezzlement on an especially  large scale

Serzh Sargsyan accused of organizing embezzlement on an especially  large scale

ArmInfo. The third president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, is accused of organizing embezzlement on an especially large scale - about 500 million drams.  Thus, according  to the report of the Special Investigative Service of the Republic of  Armenia, during the investigative measures within the framework of  the criminal case under investigation, and when summing up the  sufficient evidence obtained, Serzh Sargsyan was charged on the  grounds of clause 1 part 3 of Art.  38-179 of the Criminal Code of RA  - an act dangerous to society.

In particular, Sargsyan is accused of the fact that from April 9,  2008 to April 9, 2018, holding the presidency of the Republic of  Armenia, using his official position, from January 25, 2013 to  February 7 of the same year he organized the theft of 489.160.310  drams through a group of officials.  The SIS noted that according to  the indictment, by decision of January 24, 2013, the government  approved a state program for the more affordable purchase of diesel  fuel for spring agricultural work, under which it was planned to sell  17.041.300 liters of diesel fuel to land users on the basis of  applications submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture. A number of  companies, including MaxHur and Flash LLC, have expressed their  willingness to deliver within the framework of the project.

The SIS noted that after negotiations with MaxHur representatives,  senior officials of the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture decided to  submit the data of the above company as a fuel supplier for approval  to the government due to the lowest price offered.

"Serzh Sargsyan, aware of the availability of a cheaper supplier of  diesel fuel under the program, realized that as a result of the  signing of an agreement on subsidizing the price of diesel fuel with  Flash Ltd, which offered comparatively higher prices than MaxHur, it  would be possible to receive large amounts from the state budget,  "said the SIS, pointing out that while realizing this, in his own  interests, Sargsyan created more favorable conditions for Flash Ltd  and gave instructions to the government through a number of senior  officials conclude a supply agreement with Flash Ltd.

The SIS noted that as a result of this, according to the decision of  the Armenian government of February 7, 2013, the Ministry of  Agriculture allocated 1,789,336,500 drams for the supply of  17,041,300 liters of diesel fuel from the government reserve fund,  and on February 21, 2013 the funds were transferred to the account of  Flash Ltd.

"Subsequently, the amount of fuel required by the government's  decision was brought up to 17 343 530 liters, and the amount provided  was 1 821 070 650 drams. In this connection, according to the  contract of March 13, 2013, signed between the Ministry of  Agriculture of Armenia and Flash Ltd, additional 31,734,150 drams  were transferred to the company's account on April 2 of the same  year, as a result of which, during the implementation of the above  program, 12,088,333 liters of diesel fuel were sold between February  14 and June 28, 2013, and the subsidy amounted to AMD 1 269 275 070  However, in the case of fuel supplies at the prices proposed by  MaxHur, the amount of the subsidy would be only 846,183,380 drams,  that is, in fact 423,091,690 drams were wasted, "the SIS noted.

The SIS also informed that by the decision of the Government of the  Republic of Armenia dated August 29, 2013, the remaining unrealized  5,255,196 liters of fuel worth 551,795,580 drams were left at the  disposal of Flash Ltd (Flash LLC) to implement a program for  providing diesel at affordable prices for land users to carry out  autumn agricultural work.

"On the basis of the aforementioned decision of the Government of the  Republic of Armenia on September 12, 2013, the Ministry of  Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia and" Flash "LLC signed the"  Subsidy Agreement ", according to which the subsidy in the amount of  551,795,580 drams was reissued for diesel fuel in the amount of  6,131,062 liters. As a result, , from September 12 to November 23,  2013 3 303 431 liters of diesel fuel were sold, and the amount of the  subsidy amounted to 297 308 790 drams. However, when providing  services from the other above-mentioned company, the amount of the  subsidy would be only 231,240,170 drams, that is, 66,068,620 drams  were actually wasted, "the SIS emphasized, noting that as a result of  the transaction organized by the President of the Republic of  Armenia, 489,160,310 drams were stolen.

The SIS also emphasized that a recognizance not to leave was taken as  a measure of restraint against Sargsyan. Investigative measures in  the framework of the criminal case are ongoing. 

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