In the early morning of April 4, the privately owned vehicle of Levon Barseghian, Board Chairman of “Asparez” Journalists Club of Gyumri, member of Gyumri Council of Elderly, was robbed. In the morning, when Levon Barseghian stepped out of the house, he noticed that the car’s quarter glass was broken, the front-door, control panel and the cabin were damaged, besides two USB drives with music were missing.
In a press release, disseminated on April 4, “Asparez” Journalists’ Club alleged that the incident might be an ordinary robbery. “Asparez”, however, reminded that for the last eight years this is already the eight encroachment on the property of the Journalists Club’s employees. Particularly, in 2008, at a time two incidents occurred: in the early morning of January 19, an attempt to set the office of “Asparez” on fire was made; and two months later, in the early morning of March 21, the personal car of the President of “Asparez” Nadezhda Hakobian, which was being used by Levon Barseghian, was arsoned (for details see Yerevan Press Club Report “On Freedom of Speech in Armenia” in 2008). None of the seven crimes have been disclosed.
The Shirak Department of General Investigative Service of RA Police has instituted criminal proceedings upon the case of robbery of April 4.