THE LEADER AND HIS TEAM MEMBERS

  • Manoushak Petrosyan  

    Recently, L. Ter-Petrosyan’s office has been carrying out active work for organizing and holding the June 20 demonstration. Manoushak Petrosyan, former Chair of “Armenia” Pan-Armenian Foundation, has assumed an active role not only in those preparations but also in L. Ter-Petrosyan’s office in general.

    According to reliable sources, during the whole period of L. Ter-Petrosyan’s pre-election campaign, Manoushak Petrosyan was in charge of the large-scale expenses of the “boss”, and in some cases those sums were given to the Heads of the campaign headquarters in return for ‘rejuvenating’ compliments.

    Here is the lady who spares no effort to look younger and has serious psychological problems in that regard. And L. Ter-Petrosyan not only entrusted this lady with the task of maintaining the financial records of the office but also authorized her to act as his representative in the Central Election Commission.

    What’s more, L. Ter-Petrosyan still continues to “tie” M. Petrosyan on his team, making the latter “respect” the lady. But it’s no use. Ter-Petrosyan’s closest people are already on edge.

    According to the information obtained from Mr. Ter-Petrosyan’s office and his closest circles, M. Petrosyan creates a tense atmosphere in the office almost every day, coming into big and small conflicts with his team members. These people have directly made it clear to M. Petrosyan that she prevents them from working. At the same time, they do not take the liberty of informing Mr. Ter-Petrosyan about it.

    Let’s note that M. Petrosyan has been close with L. Ter-Petrosyan since the years they worked together in the Matenadaran. Moreover, as some bitter tongues insist, they were not merely colleagues.

    Little by little, the intimacy developed into a mutually beneficial cooperation. After L. Ter-Petrosyan’s becoming a President, Ms. Petrosyan was appointed as the Chair of “Armenia” Pan-Armenian Foundation. Well-informed people insist that during those years the foundation worked with the Government based on the principle of the 50:50 proportion. Half (sometimes even more than half) of the sums remitted to the foundation were transferred to L. Ter-Petrosyan through the shadow “cashier” or debited to Ms. Petrosyan’s personal accounts in foreign banks.

    All this was known to Mr. Artashes Petrosyan, M. Petrosyan’s husband. It should be noted that apart from the circulating rumors and other financial sources, Ter-Petrosyan’s office also receives funding from those accounts. It’s not accidental that the financial capitals of the office are controlled by M. Petrosyan personally.

    Some time in the past, L. Ter-Petrosyan appointed Artashes Petrosyan as the Minister of Education and Science, meeting Manoushak Petrosyan’s numerous requests half-way. This was followed by certain controversies between L. Ter-Petrosyan and NA Speaker Babken Ararktsyan. The latter was dissatisfied with the fact that L. Ter-Petrosyan made Manoushak a present, by appointing her husband as the Minister of Education and Science. To avoid further troubles L. Ter-Petrosyan had to remove Artashes Petrosyan from office.

    By the way, M. Petrosyan has also successfully solved the problems of her two children. Her son Vahe Petrosyan and her daughter Lilit Petrosyan have been living and studying in the United States for already two years, and Ms. Petrosyan pays USD 57-58 thousand annually for their tuition. Where does this money come from?

    According to available information, M. Petrosyan had business connections (and not only) with certain influential figures while being the Chair of “Armenia” Pan-Armenian Foundation, concluded certain transactions with them and was engaged in sharing money, L. Ter-Petrosyan standing behind her back.

    And those sums “work” and bring interests, enabling M. Petrosyan to have an influential role in L. Ter-Petrosyan’s team.

  • VREZH AHARONYAN

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