Exciting news has recently circulated that the Yerevan Municipality purchased more garbage trucks than it is actually operating. Specifically, the purchase of 22 trucks has never been officially announced.
Rumor has it that the Yerevan Municipality is ready to accept the trucks in exchange for construction permits.
According to other sources, the KAMAZ trucks have been presented by the businessman Samvel Alexanyan. It gives rise to a question: what kind of privileges has been granted him and why has not the gift been officially documented?
Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan promptly responded. According to him, the stir over the trucks is not to the point. Yerevan has its own budget, but it is not sufficient to solve all the problems. Without naming the sponsor, Mr Marutyan said it is not Samvel Alexanyan. It is an instance of corporate social responsibility, and the Yerevan municipality is grateful for that.
After rumors about Samvel Alexanyan being the sponsor were refuted, another, more notorious candidate, was named – the ex-chief of the State Revenue Committee Gagik Khachatryan, who is under arrest now on charges of abuse of office and grand embezzlement. The reasons for the ex-official’s generous gift remain unclear – if he is the sponsor at all.