Drunken Minister Of Culture Of Armenia Beats Up Electricians

Drunken Minister Of Culture Of Armenia Beats Up Electricians

VirtualAni
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January 6th, 2006, 4:20 pm #1

DRUNKEN MINISTER OF CULTURE OF ARMENIA BEATS UP ELECTRICIANS

Regnum, Russia
Jan 4 2006

Armenian Minister of Culture Hovik Hoveyan today, on January 4,
together with his son broke into the building of the "South" branch
of CJSC "Armenian power distribution networks", drew a pistol on
the electricians working there and struck some of them on the head
with the pistol grip, a REGNUM correspondent was told by an unnamed
eyewitness who happened to be there, wishing to find out why he had had
electricity switched off in his apartment. It appeared that minister
Hoveyan had the same purpose.

The REGNUM correspondent was told at the district power distribution
network office that electricity at the apartment of the culture
minister at the address Meshropa Mashtotsa Ave. had been switched
off due to a power cable failure. The minister, his son and several
of their acquaintances immediately went to the district dispatcher
office and beat up the electricians who were present there, though
the latter were trying to explain that a repair crew and a special
mobile laboratory had been called out to investigate the reason for
the failure. Refusing to accept the explanations, minister Hoveyan
and his "team" went to the building of the "South" branch of CJSC
"Armenian power distribution networks" and raised a drunken row.

Later, Hoveyan left the scene of the incident, while the wounded
electricians went on restoring power supply for his apartment.

It should be noted that Hoveyan is a member of the "Orinats
Erkir" (OE) party, headed by Armenian parliamentary speaker Artur
Bagdasaryan. Following the parliamentary elections, the "Orinats Erkir"
party joined the ruling coalition, getting several ministerial posts,
including that of the culture minister. Hovik Hoveyan is already a
second minister of culture from the OE party. In May 2004, he replaced
another member of his party, Tamara Pogosyan.
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January 6th, 2006, 4:21 pm #2

ARMENIA: MINISTER 'ATTACKED WORKERS' OVER POWER CUT

Irish Examiner, Ireland
Evening Echo, Ireland
Jan 4 2006

Armenia's culture minister attacked and pistol-whipped two utility
workers today after electricity was cut off to his flat, police said.

Police were investigating Ovik Oveyan, but no arrests had been made
as of this evening, police spokesman Sayat Shirinyan said.

According to a prosecuting official, Mr Oveyan called officials at
the Armenian Electric Network sometime before noon when a problem with
an electric cable shut off power to his apartment. The official asked
to remain unnamed since he was not authorised to speak to the media.

After arguing with an official, Mr Oveyan, his son and several friends
drove to the network's offices and with a pistol attacked at least two
officials, who later had to seek medical treatment for head wounds,
the official said.

Power was later restored to the flat.

Mr Oveyan could not be immediately located for comment.

The political scene is tense and occasionally violent in Armenia. In
1999, the country was shocked by an attack in which gunmen burst into
parliament and killed the prime minister, parliament speaker and six
other officials and politicians.

In September, the mayor of a small Armenian town was arrested after
he was accused of shooting and killing the head of a local electricity
plant. The mayor was later re-elected despite being jailed.
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January 7th, 2006, 2:34 am #3

Regnum News Agency, Russia
Jan 6 2006
Armenian minister of culture sends in his resignation

On January 5, after a session of the Orinats Erkir Party Council,
Armenian Minister of Culture Hovik Hoveyan sent in his resignation, reports a REGNUM correspondent in Yerevan.

Hovik Hoveyan noted he did not want to give rise to speculations
about the Orinats Erkir Party, as well as about his colleagues in the
Armenian government. `They are already trying to disseminate rumors
about my person and the party, to which I am a member,' he said.

Earlier, Armenian Minister of Culture Hovik Hoveyan, together with
his son broke into the building of the `South' branch of CJSC
`Armenian power distribution networks', drew a pistol on the
electricians working there and struck some of them on the head with
the pistol grip, a REGNUM correspondent was told by an unnamed
eyewitness who happened to be there. Hovik Hoveyan talking to the
REGNUM correspondent, said entered the fight of residents of an
apartment blocks at Meshropa Mashtotsa Ave. and electricians to
protect his son, who had come to the substation to learn the reasons
for constant electricity failures.
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January 19th, 2006, 5:48 pm #4

"INTELLIGENT" MINISTER WANTED

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To personalize cultural problems in the absence of Secretary of Culture
"Mirror" club tried to find out today why we do not have category of
culture up to now.

Being concerned about this question, head of Cinema Workers'
Union Rouben Gevorkyants noted: "Our culture must be endowed with
ideology. One must love his nation and culture and try to present
it". Mr. Gevorkyants marked regretfully that today we are one of those
unique nations which accept all the music of the world, including
that of our enemies', and spread it. The reason, in his opinion, is
that our culture does not have ideology and we got weaker after the
war. "We have two ministries - of culture and of defence - that must
act in a similar way defending us. Both ministries must be politicized.

Secretary of the Writers' Union Davit Mouradyan added that the
Secretary of Culture must be a "state producer". "He may not be a
cultural worker but he ought to be an intellectual and, what is most
important, an "intelligent" man", he said.

Rouben Gevorkyants is sure that there are appropriate candidates
for that post, who can contribute to the development and
preservation of culture. And does he see himself among these
candidates? Mr. Gevorkyants answered modestly: "It's too much me him
to bear. I haven't gone off my head yet".

And what are men of art going to do not having a corresponding
Secretary of Culture? "We'll go to have some beer", Mr. Gevorkyants
answered.
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February 8th, 2006, 2:28 am #5

ARMENIAN PRESIDENT APPOINTS NEW CULTURE MINISTER

Mediamax news agency
7 Feb 06

Yerevan, 7 February: Armenian President Robert Kocharyan has signed
a decree appointing Gevorg Gevorgyan the Armenian culture minister,
the presidential press service has told Mediamax.

Gevorg Gevorgyan was born in Yerevan in 1948. He was the director of the Armenfilm studio.
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May 24th, 2006, 10:45 pm #6

HASMIK POGHOSAYN APPOINTED RA MINISTER OF CULTURE AND YOUTH ISSUES

ArmRadio.am
23.05.2006 10:27

According to RA President's decree of May 22 Gevorg Gevorgyan was
dismissed from the position of RA Minister of Culture and Youth
Issues. According to another decree, Hasmik Poghosayn was appointed
to the position
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