ArmInfo.During the organization of the visit of the head of a foreign state to Armenia, a large embezzlement and abuse of power were was revealed According to the Prosecutor General's Office of the RA, during the investigation it turned out that, in order to properly organize the visit of the head of another state, by a secret decision, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia allocated 576 million drams by secret decision.
This amount, according to the secret order of the minister, was transferred to a certain company, and a donation (gift) agreement was concluded.
Despite the fact that the agreement established that the amount allocated to the donor includes taxes, duties and other obligatory payments, nevertheless, on the basis of a secret decision of the RA government, another 60.2 million drams were transferred to the company by secret order of the RA Minister of Culture. It also turned out that when the company purchased goods and services within the allocated amount, a number of violations were committed. In addition, when studying the company's reporting, facts of the inclusion of prices in excess of market prices in the documentation were revealed. An agreement was concluded with another LLC on the organization of translation services for a total of about 6 million drams, but it turned out that both of the above companies were registered at the same address during this period. At the same time, at the time of the visit of the head of a foreign state, not a single registered employee worked in LLC. A similar situation was in the case of another company with which an agreement was concluded on the provision of passenger transportation services during the visit.
It also turned out that in the package of the project of the above secret decisions on the allocation of funds to the LLC submitted by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia to the Government of Armenia, there was no justification for the nature and amount of expenses, but only the expression "for the purpose of organizing the visit>.
Thus, data were received on the unjustified allocation of budget funds in the amount of 60.2 million drams, as well as unreliable expenses in the amount of about 110.3 million drams. A criminal case has been opened on the grounds of clause 1 of part 2 of article 179, clause 1 of part 3 of the same article, and part 2 of article 308 of the RA Criminal Code.
To note, in 2016, on June 24-26, the Pope paid an official visit to Armenia. Until September 27, 2016, Hasmik Poghosyan held the post of Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia.