Khachik Khachatryan, a government-linked businessman running a poultry factory, has filed another lawsuit against Yerevan-based "Zhoghovurd" daily, demanding that the newspaper pay him 3 million drams for smearing his good name and another 200 thousand drams for covering the costs of lawyers.
"Thus, the businessman demands that the newspaper pay a total of 6 200 0000 drams in damages. This is the same oligarch who insulted a Zhoghovurd reporter calling her "a prostitute" and demanded that his word be published in the newspaper. After waiting for Khachatryan's apology for some 15 days the newspaper brought an action against the businessman demanding that the latter publically apologize to the reporter. For his turn, Khachatryan sued Zhoghovurd in connection with a newspaper article that accused his poultry factory of selling eggs past their due date, the newspaper said in a statement.
Earlier this year, a district court in Yerevan froze the assets of the newspaper and the author of the controversial story worth 3 million drams. This caused the newspaper journalists and civic activists to march to the court on January 30 demanding that the court lift the asset freeze.