Tert.am website wrote on September 27 that former police chief Valeriy Osipyan had “become the owner of three apartments and one expensive car” within a year and four months of his tenure as police chief.
Osipyan was appointed Chief of Police shortly after the Velvet Revolution on May 10, 2018, by the decision of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. On September 18, 2019, Osipyan was dismissed from the post of Chief of Police and was appointed Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser on the same day, but on October 8, he was dismissed from this position as well.
According to Tert.am article, during his tenure, Osipyan received two apartments and a house as a gift from wealthy Moscow-based person Armen Ginosyan, known as “Monarch Armen”.
“A house has been rented for Valery Osipyan in Tumanyan Street in Yerevan so that the police chief does not come to work from Nubarashen. Then with partial payment and Armen Ginosyan’s donation, this apartment became the property of Valeriy Osipyan, it was bought by one of the Armenian businessmen,” the site wrote.
Besides this, according to Tert. am, Osipyan also received an apartment in Byuzand Street and a piece of land in Davitashen from Ginosyan, where “Ginosyan built a house for Valeriy Osipyan by his own means.” According to the website, the Byuzand street apartment is located in front of Saryan’s post, in a multi-apartment building owned by Ginosyan, and is still under construction.
In order to verify this information, the “Fact Investigation Platform” obtained information on the real estate registered in the name of Valeriy Razmiki Osipyan from the Cadaster Committee.
As of October 14, two apartments and one piece of land have been registered in the name of Valery Osipyan. One apartment and the land are located in Nubarashen, and the second apartment is in Tsakhkadzor.
And there is no real estate registered in the name of Valeriy Osipyan’s wife Lusine Tadevosyan.
After assuming the post of Deputy Chief of the Yerevan Police Department, Osipyan filed a Declaration of Property and Income with the Senior Ethics Committee in 2017. In it, he declared one apartment in a multi-apartment building and one plot of land. In his 2017 and 2018 annual statements, Osipyan did not declare any acquisition or alienation of real estate.
However, it is clear from the Cadastre documents that Osipyan is also the owner of an apartment in Tsakhkadzor, which is not mentioned in his declaration.
The former police chief may have acquired this apartment in 2019. It should be noted that Osipyan has not yet submitted a statement on resignation.
In fact, at least according to the Cadastre, the real estate attributed to Osipyan by Tert.am does not belong to him or his wife. It is noteworthy that the site claimed that “the apartment on Tumanyan Street became Osipyan’s property “, whereas in that case the apartment should have been clearly listed in the Cadastre documents.