Taking into account the flow of various unreliable information about Robert Nazaryan’s detention in the media, as well as emphasizing the public’s right of awareness, we inform that R. Nazaryan, who held the post of the chairman of the RA Public Services Regulatory Commission in 2003-2018, was detained within the framework of a criminal case under investigation by the RA Special Investigation Service with the suspicion of committing a criminal act provided for in 308 (part 2) of the RA Criminal Code; factual data on the criminal case was obtained that R. Nazaryan based on personal interests and group interests of establishing privileges for a separate economic entity abused his official authority in 2011, which inadvertently caused severe consequences.
In particular, having received decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia “On proposal to establishing maximum power for small hydropower plants” taken under the pretext of encouraging the development of hydropower in Armenia, butt actually for the purpose of establishing privileges for “Dzoraget Hydro” Limited Liability Company owned by persons related with Mikayel Minasyan, the RA Former President Serzh Sargsyan’s son in law, on September 16, 2011, R. Nazaryan without making due professional examination and analysis of the proposed changes, ignoring the water resources capabilities in RA and statistical data of constructing hydropower plants, has developed appropriate decision draft through the competent department of the commission, by which it was resolved to establish up to 30 MW capacity maximum instead of operating 10 MW for small hydropower plants built on natural water flows, irrigation systems, and drinking water channels.
Then, R. Nazaryan together with the members of the commission participated in the adoption of the above-mentioned decision on the Commission session held on September 28, 2011, as a result of which the tariffs of “Dzoraget Hydro” Limited Liability Company were used according to the methodology for small hydropower plants. As a result, no new hydropower plants with a capacity of 10-30 MW were built in the territory of the Republic of Armenia, and the only hydropower plant “Dzoraget Hydro” Limited Liability Company with a capacity of 26.4 MW operating in the mentioned area, was included in the list of small hydropower plants without justification, using the opportunity to sell electricity at the highest, most stable rates set by the RA legislation for this type of plants.
According to the data obtained during the preliminary investigation due to the above-mentioned actions of Robert Nazaryan and other members of the commission instead of tariffs for the sale of electricity produced and supplied by hydropower plant of “Dzoraget Hydro” Limited Liability Company in 2012-2019, tariffs in excess of twice as much were set for the same period as a result of which individuals and legal entities consuming electricity in Armenia from “Dzoraget Hydro” Limited Liability Company were charge additional especially large amount of AMD 7,052,065,099
Preliminary investigation of the criminal case is underway.
Notification: a person that is suspected or accused of an alleged crime, is considered innocent until his/her guilt is proved by a court judgement that has come into legal effect pursuant to the procedure determined by RA Criminal Procedure Code.