Notes From Hairenik
November 6, 2007
Today I read the following bizarre, unfortunate account which was published on ArmeniaNow.com last week:
According to unofficial reports, a woman has been killed by a bear that had been kept on the grounds of the Republic of Armenia Military Police department in Yerevan.
Little is known of the circumstances, except that the bear belonged to the head of the Military Police, Vladimir Gasparyan.
The family refuses to give the alleged victim’s surname; they only say that a woman named Jasmine, 59, who was a cleaning lady at the department, was killed on Thursday. The sources say the bear escaped its cage while attendants entered to feed it. It is said that the woman was taken to hospital where she died of wounds. The family says it was called to identify the body and saw that she had suffered an attack.
It is unclear why the headquarters was keeping a bear. It is believed that the compound is also home to a tiger. Armenian brown bears are on the endangered species list. It is believed that the bear was destroyed.
The family refuses to give further information. The Military Police refused to answer ArmeniaNow’s question concerning the alleged event.

Why on earth was there a bear living or rather stationed at the Military Police department? What purpose did it serve? Who will be held accountable for the death of the cleaning woman, the Ministry of Defense? The prime minister? The president? This is a horrible incident, and something tells me it will be covered up somehow hush-hush, as are other extraordinary situations affecting the innocent in this country.

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6 Comments:
Blogger nazarian said...
Maybe they use the bear as a means of torture?

Blogger Arshakadelic said...
Or perhaps the police department doubles as the city zoo. After all, I have heard the Yerevan commoners refer to police officers as the city dogs (kaghaki shnere).

Blogger Big Ideas said...
It's most likely the Armenian "Dharma Intiative". Christian, does the ABC series LOST air in the fatherland?

Blogger Christian Garbis said...
That program does not broadcast in Armenia, but I think "24 hours" does or whatever that show is called.

Anonymous ruzan said...
'Lost' airs on some channel, probably a Russian one. I remember when I visited last year, my cousins had seen the first season, and I think I saw an ad for the second season.

Blogger Anna said...
Lost airs on H1 the state channel in Armenian (they've actually done a pretty good job with the translation)
every weeknight at 9.
I know because my grandmother is addicted and keeps trying to force me to watch it ;-)

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