MP Mihran Poghosian Faces Renewed Tax Probe

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenian tax authorities have launched a fresh investigation into companies that are thought to be controlled by a controversial parliamentarian affiliated with former President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK).

The largest of those companies, Katrin Group, has long enjoyed a virtual monopoly on imports of bananas to Armenia. It was founded by Mihran Poghosian, a former head of an Armenian state body enforcing court rulings. He was elected to the parliament on the HHK ticket last year.

Shortly after mass protests swept Sarkisian from power in April, the State Revenue Committee (SRC) launched a tax evasion inquiry into Katrin Group and three other firms linked to it. They promptly admitted failing to pay a total of 600 million drams ($1.2 million) in taxes, leading the SRC to close the criminal case.

The SRC announced on Tuesday that it has reopened the probe after discovering evidence of greater tax evasion on

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