A criminal case has been initiated concerning the 110 buildings upon violation of the legislation in the central ecological zone of the lake, for non-fulfillment of obligations to protect "Sevan" National Park

22-02-2021

And yet, in August 2021, the Minister of Environment Romanos Petrosyan instructed the relevant subdivisions of the Ministry to survey and submit the information on the legality of the facilities and buildings in the ecological zone of Lake Sevan to him.
Already in September, by the instruction of the Minister, the Ministry sent the elaborated list of buildings and structures constructed (placed) in the areas at the altitude of 1905.0 meters, nearby Lake Sevan to the  Department  of  State Interests Protection of the  Prosecutor General's Office, expressing willingness to assist the Prosecutor General's Office in executing on-site investigations, getting acquainted with the documents, and, if necessary, providing references and other documents.
Based on the information provided by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Armenia, the Department of Protection of State Interests of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Armenia supervised comprehensive study on the legality of the objects and buildings in the ecological zone of Lake Sevan.
Due to the study, it turned out that there are 110 main objects (buildings) of public and industrial significance, covering a total area of about 110.371 square meters in the areas adjacent to Lake Sevan, at the absolute altitude of  1905.0 meters, as of 10.08.2020.  The construction, lease and ownership rights of  the encumbered lands and those buildings were acquired during 2011-2020.
According to N1563-N decree (18.12.2008) of the RA Government, the central ecological zone of Lake Sevan includes the 1st sub-item of the 1st point and the 5th sub-item  of the 5th point, the central ecological zone of Lake Sevan includes the absolute altitude of 1905.0 meters from the lake’s water border of “Sevan” national park, where the construction of main facilities is prohibited.
Thus according to the RA Law on “Lake Sevan”, the ecological zones of central, direct impact and indirect impacts are established  for the restoration, preservation, reproduction, regular development and use, regulation of economic and other activities in its catchment basin.The same law streamlines that the central zone is the territory of “Sevan” national park; the purpose of seperation is to restore and preserve the natural state of Lake Sevan ecosystem - water quality, natural and artificial landscapes of the lake and coastal land areas and biodiversity.
Thereby, the studies show that the responsible persons of "Sevan" NP SNCO, using their official position against the interests of the service, did not fulfill their obligations to protect "Sevan" NP. As a result, there are 110 main objects (buildings) of public and industrial significance, covering a total area of about 110.371 square meters in the areas adjacent to Lake Sevan, at the absolute altitude of  1905.0 meters, violating the 1st paragraph of Article 6 of the RA law (15.05.2001)  on “Lake Sevan". The objectives of restoration, preservation, reproduction, regular  development and use of Lake Sevan ecosystem envisaged by Article 6 of the RA Law, causing severe consequences.
Taking into consideration that the study revealed abusing of official position combined with violence, the RA Prosecutor General's Office initiated a criminal case under the 2nd paragraph of Article 308 of the RA Criminal Code. The preliminary investigation was assigned to the RA Investigative Committee.

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