Representative ex-President of Armenia Robert Kocharian told RBC that the pledge made by the President of group of companies “Tashir” Samvel Karapetyan, Director of “the Monarch” Sergey Hambardzumyan, businessman Gennady Stepanyan, as well as Sistema.

Pledge 2 bln AMD ($4.1 million) for the release under guard ex-President of Armenia Robert Kocharian gave Russian businessmen. About it told RBC a source close to the entourage of the former head of state. The representative of the ex-President Victor Soghomonyan confirmed RBC this information.

According to him, the Deposit paid Samvel Karapetyan (group of companies “Tashir”), Sergey Hambardzumyan (group of companies “Monarch”), Gennady Stepanyan (Russian businessman and philanthropist). The remaining amount contributed AFK “System”, where Kocharyan is an independent Director.

Kocharian is on the Board of Directors of the “System” since 2009. A company spokesman Sergei Kopytov confirmed to RBC that she decided to participate in the payment of the Deposit established for an independent Director of the Corporation Robert Kocharian judicial bodies of Armenia. Soghomonyan noted that the main shareholder AFK “Sistema” Vladimir Yevtushenkov personally never made a real money Deposit paid to the company as a legal entity.

Sergey Hambardzumyan confirmed to RBC that participated in the payment of bail, adding that he acted personally as an individual. “He can stay at home and waiting for a trial. I believe that there is no need to keep him in custody, that’s not right,” explained Hambardzumyan its decision to participate in the payment of the Deposit.

RBC sent a request to press service “Tashir” group of companies “Monarch” and asked for comment to Gennady Stepanyan.

the court of Appeal of Armenia met on June 18 the petition of lawyers Kocharian about his release under guardians of the bail. The former President is in a medical center “izmirlyan”, where the decision of the court of may 29 must remain until the end of the pandemic coronavirus.

Kocharyan was President of Armenia from 1998 to 2008.

He, in particular, was imputed to the dispersal of the protests on the results of the presidential elections, during which several people were killed. Kocharian then repeatedly released and arrested again. In July last year, the constitutional court suspended the case against him. Kocharyan in 2018 associated his prosecution with “personal punishment”.