Armenia Targets Former Rulers
This week Armenian authorities leveled fresh money laundering and tax evasion charges over an unexplained $5.3 million in assets against the son of ex-President Robert Kocharyan, who’s already under legal scrutiny himself. Sedrak Kocharyan — whose father is being prosecuted for violently suppressing protests in 2008 — claims the investigation is a political vendetta by reformist Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
What’s behind the crackdown? The move is part of Pashinyan’s broader effort to stamp out corruption in the former Soviet republic.
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