YEREVAN, September 2. /ARKA/. Armenian authorities should take the Yerevan Indoor Market on Mashtots avenue away from its owner, businessman and parliament deputy Samvel Alexanyan who wants to turn the Indoor Market into another Yerevan City chain supermarket and whose actions damage the monument, says the activists of “We will free the monument from the oligarch” civil initiative.
According to a member of the civil group architect Saryat Petrosyan the Armenian legislation and international commitments enable the government to take it away from the oligarch.
In particular, the activist said, Armenia ratified the convention for protection of European architectural heritage in 2008, according to which, all member-countries are obliged to set up in their countries some mechanisms allowing to take the property away if damage is caused to cultural monuments.
Petrosyan also said the main culprit in the situation is Armenia’s ministry of culture and inability of the state to carry out its functions.
Reporter Ani Kochar, in her turn, said when asked about the Indoor Market, ministry of culture reps said the works carried out there are illegal.
“You understand it is an illegal construction, but when the authorities keep silence, the oligarch is doing what he wants and demonstrates he doesn’t care about people and expert opinions”, she said.
According to earlier reports, the Indoor Market was expected to be turned into the biggest Yerevan City supermarket with four more floors to be built up on the top, which gave rise to protests.
Alexanyan himself refuted the rumors and said he is not damaging the building, but rehabilitating it so that it can resume its operations. Yet, according to mass media, Alexanyan continues construction works there to turn it into a supermarket.
The Indoor Market is an architectural monument built in 1952 under the design of prominent architect Grigory Aghababyan whose 100th anniversary was observed in Armenia in 2011.–0--