ArmInfo. The National Security Service of Armenia responded to the accusations of the well-known human rights activist, the head of the Vanadzor office of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Arthur Sakunts, against senior NSS officials.
So, in a message circulated by the National Security Council of Armenia, it is recalled that on November 7 Sakunts posted on his Facebook page an entry in which he crossed all the limits of permissibility. He used unacceptable remarks addressed to employees of the department, insulting their honor and dignity, and, on the other hand, "misleading the wider public strata, disseminating information that was knowingly false." Regarding concerns regarding the property of senior NSS officials and persons associated with it, the NSS recalled that these individuals submit a declaration of property in accordance with the letter of the law, and therefore information about their property is publicly available. The NSS assured that information on the property of senior NSS officials and related persons, in view of the declaration, is the focus of public attention.
"Nevertheless, if a person, including the author of the material, knows other information about the property and income of NSS officials, other than those contained in declarations that may indicate a potential crime, we recommend that you submit a statement of the crime in accordance with the requirements of the law, including in the National Security Service of Armenia. In this case, we are ready to consistently respond to these accusations, otherwise the National Security Service should not be involved in verifying the authenticity of income statements of high-ranking officials, " knuli in the department.
The National Security Council of Armenia also reminded the author of the publication about the tasks and functions of the National Security Service assigned to the law enforcement agency, including the functions of ensuring the constitutional order in the framework of ensuring the security of the Republic of Armenia, combating terrorism, including international terrorism, money laundering and the prevention of other such transnational crimes. In this connection, they continued in the department, various international organizations, their representatives and persons cooperating with them, who receive funding from foreign countries, regularly appear in the field of attention of the NSS, regardless of their name, type of activity, or other circumstances.
"The fact that in every country, including in many donor countries, international financial flows are in the field the view of special services for security reasons, does not require additional justification or explanation, including for the author's material, and thanks to the daily tireless work of the security agency, the rights of citizens to live in a safer country are ensured, - noted in the National Security Council of Armenia.
The power structure also touched on the voiced question regarding the appointment of relatives and friends from the acting head of the department to the NSS, calling the charges unfounded. "We once again urge the author of the article before expressing his thoughts, reading, reading and re-reading the legislation of the Republic of Armenia and understanding that work in the National Security bodies is a form of military service. Among other things, strict adherence to the rules of discipline and the charter is implied. recall that as a special service in the NSS there are more stringent standards for hiring and promotion, regardless of the degree of proximity, and as for close relations, we want to inform l those who are concerned about this issue, that if the close person meets all the requirements necessary for hiring, then he can't be deprived of the opportunity to serve in the national security organs, "noted the RA National Security Council, concluding by calling upon touching upon the issue related to the department and the people working there, to be more vigilant, to maintain maximum restraint, not to succumb to emotions, and before expressing themselves, weigh the pros and cons and not go the path of self-affirmation by discrediting an important state Institute and, of course, abide by the rules of civilized ethics inherent to members of civil society.