Man Dies After Self-Immolation (RFE-RL)
The Dalarik mayor, Pargev Saghatelian, said Hakobian has never approached him with any complaints or grievances. `He never lodged any complaints,' Saghatelian told RFE/RL. `He just said once that he wants to borrow a loan.'
Prime Minister Andranik Markarian's office, meanwhile, revealed that it received a letter from Hakobian on February 20 demanding that the government grant him a 10-year interest-free loan in compensation for his bank savings that had been wiped out by the hyperinflation of the early 1990s. According to a government spokeswoman, he complained that his similar letters to President Robert Kocharian and the National Assembly remained unanswered.
The official said Hakobian also asked the government to help him get an audience with business tycoon Gagik Tsarukian or opposition leader Stepan Demirchian. He was informed by phone that the government can not deal with such matters, she added.