Ar­me­nian De­fense Min­istry may have “mar­garine headache”

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The scan­dal over sup­ply­ing the Ar­me­nian army with mar­garine in­stead of but­ter con­tin­ues to gain mo­men­tum.

Re­cently, the Ar­me­nian news­pa­per Past, cit­ing its sources, re­ported that sen­sa­tional de­ten­tions have be­gun in Ar­me­nia. It turned out that one of the Ar­me­nian com­pa­nies has for many years been buy­ing cheap mar­garine abroad and was sup­ply­ing the army un­der the guise of ex­pen­sive but­ter. Fol­low­ing in­spec­tions by the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ser­vice, it was found out that the com­pany pock­eted mil­lions of dol­lars in this scheme. The em­ploy­ees of the lab­o­ra­tory of the Agri­cul­ture Min­istry, who fal­si­fied the doc­u­ments on which mar­garine was sup­plied as but­ter, were de­tained.

An­other Ar­me­nian me­dia has dis­cov­ered fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the is­sue – the amount of mar­garine sold to the De­fense Min­istry hit 14 tons. The com­pa­nies that won the sup­ply ten­der, SP LLC and Eliser LLC, are con­nected with the deputy head of the Food Safety Ser­vice (FSS) Yeghishe Mar­garyan.

Mar­garyan owns one of these com­pa­nies, and it was he who was forc­ing the em­ploy­ees to fal­sify the fi­nal re­sults of ex­am­i­na­tion and present the im­ported mar­garine as but­ter. Nev­er­the­less, the em­ploy­ees do not ad­mit the pres­sure – they note in their tes­ti­mony that an er­ror oc­curred dur­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion.

How­ever, Ar­me­nian jour­nal­ists found out that no ex­am­i­na­tion was car­ried out in the FSS. Fol­low­ing in­spec­tions con­ducted in the lab­o­ra­tory, no in­for­ma­tion on but­ter ex­am­i­na­tion was found in com­put­ers. That is, with­out any prod­uct ver­i­fi­ca­tion, the FSS is­sued an ex­am­i­na­tion cer­tifi­cate that the im­ported mar­garine is al­legedly but­ter. The­o­ret­i­cally, if the prod­uct con­tained poison or was ex­pired, it would be any­way sent for con­sump­tion of Ar­me­nian sol­diers.

All the in­for­ma­tion on the is­sue was ob­tained from un­of­fi­cial but in­formed sources, while nei­ther the Ar­me­nian De­fense Min­istry nor the Food Safety Ser­vice have so far com­mented on the sit­u­a­tion. Many ex­perts be­lieve the rea­son for this si­lence may be at­trib­uted to the in­volve­ment of the De­fense Min­istry in this fraud. The min­istry has even im­posed a ban on neg­a­tive in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the agency.

Thus, the as­sump­tion that the Ar­me­nian De­fense Min­istry is it­self in­volved in the crime has rea­son­able grounds. This in­ci­dent has once again re­vealed the de­cep­tion and fraud reign­ing in the Ar­me­nian army as well as through­out the coun­try.

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