Natiq Taghiyev, journalist in Azerbaijani Birlik newspaper
The velvet revolution in Armenia which had begun with the promise of the anti-corruption campaign against the country’s business elite and the former leadership had been brought to its knees as the “Laundress of Armenia,” nation’s first lady Anna Hakobyan has yet again unskinned her true nature.
According to the latest reports in view of the full scale war with Azerbaijan and the ongoing mobilization Armenian oligarchs had paid substantial amounts of money for the safe pass out of the country. Just as in the previous cases, the money was channeled through the charitable foundations “My Step” and “City of Smiles” headed by Anna Hakobyan to end up on her Swiss and the off-shore bank accounts.
The role of middle man in this evacuation operation for the elite was played by the Prime Minister’s brother-in-law, Anna Hakobyan’s brother and the member of the Armenian Parliament Hrachya Hakobyan.
H.Hakobyan who had gained the notoriety for the hostile takeovers of the country’s former leadership’s business enterprises had previously appeared in the sensational cigarette smuggling scandal back in 2019.
As for the current smuggling operation Anna Hakobyan’s brother not only had madу the necessary arrangements for the wire transfers, but also had made a bit of a “pocket change” by handling the logistical support.
It’s been rumored that he had even provided his own Lear Jet and arranged the fly-outs from Zvartnots, Armenian main international airport which was closed out of the safety considerations due to the military situation.
More details of this operation will be provided as the story unfolds.
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